May 12, 2015

Effective Communications: Disinformation and Misinformation (Jade Helm Edition)

In all of this Jade Helm madness, an important lesson needs to be taught, that of Effective Communications.

When examining Effective Communications we must also ask, Effective for Whom?  Within the realm of military warfare and the control of the flow of information, it is important to note two distinct forms of communication:

Disinformation and Misinformation

Disinformation is the deliberate spread of false or inaccurate information in order to reduce the credibility of effectiveness of a line of Communications.

Misinformation is the unintentional spreading of information that is inaccurate, misleading or false.

Essentially, if you don't take the time to investigate the information that you spread you could do a detriment to the cause you actually support by creating an unreasonable Signal-to-noise ratio on a line of communication therefore rendering it useless.

It is the duty of all persons in the fight for Liberty to investigate and check out the information they are disseminating.

We must recognize that Disinformation is a deliberate form of propaganda and censorship.  Its entire aim is to render communication and thus resistance to tyranny nonviable.  If any of this false information causes people to react, you can be responsible for that action.  It is highly important to fact check your information before you give it out.

Common examples are:  spreading false information about an enemy's position or course of action, using false statements to deflect support for a cause or person, handing out documents, manuscripts,
photos, rumors, intelligence and news reports that are false outright or misleading.

Misinformation has the distinct ability to be stopped in that we can have a conversation about the information and discern if it is true or not.  We might further explore this concept by noticing that we might also see the information to its conclusion.  Is there any new information available to us about this subject, or did the site that I get my information simply care about their click count and revenue?

Common causes for this type of thing can be:  seeking to get a news scoop, the speed of social media, a distrust of peer reviewed media sites, not knowing that the information being shared is inaccurate or false.

As consumers of media and information, we owe it to ourselves and others to put bad media outlets in the spotlight and take them out of the chain of communication to ensure that all intel we receive is dependable.  We should hold up and support the forms of media and lines of communication that are effective and also attempt to cause change in broken lines of communication.

Without Effective Communications nothing can be accomplished.

For more on the effects of Propaganda and information check out these articles on Propaganda, Communications and Citizen Journalism.  Also check out the Liberty Library in the Nav Bar above for publications on these subjects.

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