Vladislav Surkov, in da house ("please allow me - to introduce myself - ")
Sympathy for the Devil? Bannon haz it:
Surkov, the documentary journalist Adam Curtis said in a 2014 film, is a hero of our time. He went on to describe the Surkovian method:
His aim is to undermine peoples perceptions of the world, so they never know what is really happening.
Surkov turned Russian politics into a bewildering, constantly changing piece of theater. He sponsored all kinds of groups, from neo-Nazi skinheads to liberal human rights groups. He even backed parties that were opposed to President Putin.
But the key thing was, that Surkov then let it be known that this was what he was doing, which meant that no one was sure what was real or fake. As one journalist put it: It is a strategy of power that keeps any opposition constantly confused.
A ceaseless shape-shifting that is unstoppable because it is undefinable. It is exactly what Surkov is alleged to have done in the Ukraine this year. In typical fashion, as the war began, Surkov published a short story about something he called non-linear war. A war where you never know what the enemy are really up to, or even who they are. The underlying aim, Surkov says, is not to win the war, but to use the conflict to create a constant state of destabilized perception, in order to manage and control.
I'm sure Bannon thinks he is just as good but he has ways to go, too rough around the edges. Too obvious. Surkov's method is a very powerful public opinion shifter. But it doesn't quite work when you have independent press/media.
all the fierce pushback against DFT from every direction today - SO FINE! Hours of hope and joy!
But then, cheeze, I felt bombarded by a flurry of hyper-bizarre and horrifying news items this evening... disheartened, I wanted to remind myself and DU that it's "just" a method used to muck with our heads, and - and we (I) don't have to fall for it. *sigh* even though I surely did (again!)
I know you know what you're talkin about, so i sure do appreciate your thoughts on this, Alex!