“I love teaching freshmen!”
“Mrs. ___, you’re our fav teacher, will we see you next year?”
“Hell no, I hate sophomores.”
Now that I’m a sophomore, I’ve realized why sophomores suck.
It’s the sheer amount of drama. It’s absolutely and positively horrendous.
As a pacifist observer, my main goal is to not become a nihilist. My secondary goal is to understand the behind-the-scenes when drama breaks out. I don’t mean reading into the drama and getting personally attached to a topic, I mean reading into why people can be so cruel in the first place.
People can be all sorts of horrible, sadistic, and depressing. As the guy with zero presence in a room, I have had my fair share of people using my head as a medium for their gossip, so, after forming some thoughts and whatnot, I’ve compiled this post.
Table of Contents:
The Character Playbook
~ The ‘Real’ Victim Playbook ~
(aka “I have real evidence”)
1. Pick the truest and most coherent story and be more honest to avoid getting caught lying.
2. Use real evidence, people will be sensitive and have sympathy. Use that sympathy before someone beats you to the punch.
1. Look for the bizarre, unrelated statements that are substituting the solid evidence in the opposing groups’ claims.
2. Your goal is to destroy the other victims’ bogus defense before the Mob turns on you.
3. When you make a statement, you have to defend it.
~ The Fake Victim Playbook ~
(aka “I have no real evidence”)
1. Construct a story that fits previous claims while shitting on the preferred party. Have no inconsistencies, and meld perfectly into the truth.
2. Fabricate evidence by taking things out of context, people will be sensitive and have sympathy. Use that sympathy before someone beats you to the punch.
3. Do not focus on creating statements that validate other victims, focus on creating statements that coexist with the real facts without denying them.
1. Rapidly attack, overload the playing field with bogus statements so that there is too much to dispute.
2. Your goal is to destroy the other victims’ powerful offense.
3. Be confident. Be more specific, vivid, and rallying than others. Skew people’s perspectives before the other parties win. Be brutal.
4. When you make a statement, you have to defend it.
~ The Observer Playbook ~
1. Be saddened and leave.
~ The Truthist Playbook ~
1. Identify discrepancies between all stories.
2. Identify as much unrelated, bogus defense as possible, that is the Fake Victims’ defense.
3. Identify gaslighting when ‘abuse’ pops up.
4. Identify the misuse of statistics as solid facts.
5. Identify unsubstantiated POV statements from fact.
6. Identify groundbreaking statements that lack evidence.
7. Identify statements as ethos, pathos, and logos (just for organization.)
8. Identify details omitted (on purpose or by accident). Keep in mind you are not entitled to missing details and you have to fill in the blanks yourself.
9. Identify other parties and their statements.
10. Identify responses that were screwed-up (eg: a bad apology letter) and assess if it can be used as evidence or if it’s just a goof-up under pressure. Smart people will probably follow up a screwed-up apology with a legitimately good apology + explanation as well.
11. Identify statements that were not defended after being attacked.
12. Identify nice statements that are not good. Being and nice and being good are unrelated.
13. Identify false sexual misconduct allegations created to end people’s careers. False allegations may be a minority, but in a heated situation, they may be used to permanently deface someone. (eg Brett Kavanaugh getting defaced by evidenceless accusations1)
14. Identify aggression that is not abuse.
15. Identify initial responses and follow-up responses, then look for discrepancies.
16. Identify the abuse of reputation. Reputation does not alter the truth.
17. Identify stalemates. Not everything is a ‘one point scored for this team’ scenario.
Statements are more important than the Mob
The Mob is not a part of the evidence. Do not trust the Mob.
Evidence Can Beat Mobs… Eventually
Legitimate, good evidence increases the chance that a popular fact-checking YouTuber convinces people that one side is right.
Bad Reputation Can Only Be Solved By The Victim, But There’s A Time Limit
Relying on other people to save your ass does not work. Important, incriminating statements must be refuted ASAP to flip a situation. The moment the public interest dies out, reputations will stay locked and forever tainted. Unless public interest can be regained in a number bigger than the initial fame (which it rarely does, because by that point the meme is ‘dead’), everything that is screwed up, stays screwed up.
Take, for example, the popular porn site Hentaihaven. There was a brief miscommunication between the owner of Hentaihaven and FAKKU, a company offering to supply Hentaihaven with legitimate content licenses. This resulted in a massive hate campaign against FAKKU. This hate was NOT from longtime FAKKU haters (who have their own legitimate and well-made reasons), but from people mindlessly bandwagoning. Both parties resolved and publicly stated that everything was a misunderstanding, but the public popularity had already died out.
Powerful Victims Cannot Snap Statements Out of Existence With The Power of Empathy and Support, But They Can Do Serious Damage
The more a situation seems extremely black & white, the more power victims will have over a Mob. Therefore, a ‘fake’ victim’s goal would be to make the Mob be in their favor before the tide turns.
Mobs cannot vaporize good, well-made points, however, they can vaporize people’s Twitter accounts, Instagram accounts, etc. However, Mobs cannot vaporize people themselves. This does not mean Mobs are not dangerous, Mobs are extremely dangerous.
Big And Small Power Interactions Cause Tension
Smaller powers have to be suspicious of being manipulated. They have less room to retaliate if attacked and cannot afford to screw up.
Bigger powers have a reputation to uphold, therefore any scandals and accusations that could pop up would be disastrous.
When these powers interact, it creates massive amounts of tension.
The Person Who Starts A Fire Could Get Caught On Fire
This is the truth.
The Power of the Mob Will ALWAYS Backfire On Itself
…If it doesn’t stop or die out fast enough. The longer a Mob exists, the chances of the Mob fucking itself increases to 1.
Statements From Primary Sources
They are not the truth.
Paraphrasing Other People
Is also not the truth.
We Are In The Age of Technology
We always have been, it’s just that we’re better than before, and in the future people will be better than us (if humanity plays its cards right and doesn’t kill everything with a nuclear war.)
Drama happens online. Statements are made online.
The primary source is NOW AVAILABLE. Original statements are NOW AVAILABLE.
You no longer need to paraphrase something in order to as close to the primary source as possible, you can just look at the primary source’s Tweet history.
The telephone game still certainly exists, especially with media battling to see who gets to tell a story first.
But, in the end, it’s on the normal people (aka ‘The Public’) to avoid becoming a mindless Mob and to live by the Truthist Playbook.
The Golden Rule (For Victims): Evidence in a timely manner trumps everything, depending on if you aren’t completely screwed over already. The Mob is a tool that you have to use before someone else does.