excellent argument for explanatory utility of memes
people are the most bizarre animals
every other species has some weird behaviors going on. but humans are doing incomprehensible shit ALL THE TIME
I hope yall enjoyed playing this lil game with me, allowing me to revisit these memories. I've greatly enjoyed learning and growing with this community, and hope you got something out of this as well.
remember to question everything, especially who it is you're talking to.
they played a major role in many incidents, some common knowledge & many which are not. my intent was to roleplay one of their agents, as a commentary on the tenor of the memetic environment at the time. I outgrew it as a poster, but the IRA remains an important reference point
they'd identify hot-button topics & vulnerable social groups, plan agitprop campaigns, craft social media personas, & execute by posting thru this network of bot accounts content advancing their goals, whether that was to hamper pandemic response or to fan the ACAB flames
the Internet Research Agency, nominally a, well, Internet research agency, was set up by one of Putin's cronies & directed by the FSB (modern KGB) to infiltrate & disrupt online Western social networks thru the use of social media; commonly referred to as the Trolls from Olgino
many are vaguely aware of "Russian troll farms", that the Russian intelligence apparatus interferes with English language social media to foment unrest and generally agitate the populace, spreading false and misleading information.
fewer are aware of just how organized this is.
the purpose was always to destabilize the local regime, disarming a potential enemy, and even potentially allowing the Soviet regime to swoop in and play hero. this was quite a common practice, cementing the terms infamy.
contemporary disinfo campaigns follow in these footsteps
for those unaware, agitprop is a translation or a russian term for agitation propaganda, the practice of disseminating incendiary information for the purposes of fomenting popular unrest, a common practice in the soviet era, practiced against both enemies and vassal states
when I first came here, I had disinformation on the mind, in large part due to current events at the time; it was the height of the first wave of the covid pandemic, and The FLOYD Troubles were just beginning. people were agitated, not just naturally either, but due to agitprop
we have a winner, folks! @sidbendu has figured it out: the Internet Research Agency is exactly the page I had in mind. some of you may remembe…
we have a winner, folks! @sidbendu has figured it out: the Internet Research Agency is exactly the page I had in mind. some of you may remember that my original handle was "internet research agency employee"
@pee_zombie Internet Research Agency
no I don't know what the fuck these mean why would you ask me that
yall doin great, lil hint, it's not an abstraction but a proper noun
minor rules update
@ulkar_aghayeva good question! i did realize after posting that the rules, as stated, incentivize waiting until later in the game to post. suboptimal!
lets say instead, multiple guesses are allowed, but only in response to someone else's guess, along their theme
oh and I guess I should give a hint; it's thematically appropriate to my brand, and it used to be mentioned in my bio. OGs may remember.
I'll be responding to these in batches btw so pls be patient if I don't get to yours right away
pls reply to the FIRST tweet in this thread, & pls only ONE guess per player; you may want to pay attention to other player's results, as they may help you triangulate. collaboration is crucial for this sort of game! winner will get a special prize that I'll figure out later
I have a specific Wikipedia page in mind, and invite you to guess what it is by posting a link to it; I'll reply with the distance between your guess and the right answer, ie, the degrees of separation. you can use this website to test your theories
a Schelling point for those who seek one