Stovepiping is similar to false flags. Whereas a false flag uses an incident to convince people to take action, stovepiping uses incorrect information to sway public opinion. For example, false information and media cooperation over two years led to the Russiagate panic. The Mueller investigation found no evidence that the Russians meddled in the 2016 presidential election, but the accusation impacted people’s perception of events. All it took for the US to invade Iraq in 2003 was the false accusation that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Gaslighting sows seeds of doubt in a person or a group, hoping to make them question their memory or cherished beliefs. The term “Gaslighting” comes from a 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton. Throughout the play, the abusive husband, Gregory, manipulates Paula to believe she has gone mad. He leads her to think she’s stealing things without realizing it and hearing noises that are not there. Paula begins to question her sanity. Gaslighting hides truths from the victim-thus, the perpetrators of gaslighting seek power and control over other people. Social Media gaslights millennials by convincing them that living with their parent’s house forever is fine. Generation Z is encouraged to lower their expectations and ditch their dreams of financial independence as the economy circles the drain.
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