Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. Stock Markets and the History Chart of the End of the World (With Presidential Cycles) - 28th Aug 20
2.Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook... AI Tech Stocks Buying Levels and Valuations Q3 2020 - 31st Aug 20
3.The Inflation Mega-trend is Going Hyper! - 11th Sep 20
4.Is this the End of Capitalism? - 13th Sep 20
5.What's Driving Gold, Silver and What's Next? - 3rd Sep 20
6.QE4EVER! - 9th Sep 20
7.Gold Price Trend Forecast Analysis - Part1 - 7th Sep 20
8.The Fed May “Cause” The Next Stock Market Crash - 3rd Sep 20
9.Bitcoin Price Crash - You Will be Suprised What Happens Next - 7th Sep 20
10.NVIDIA Stock Price Soars on RTX 3000 Cornering the GPU Market for next 2 years! - 3rd Sep 20
Last 7 days
So, Where Is Gold's Corrective Upswing? - 7th Mar 21
US Treasury Yields Rally May Trigger Stock Market Crazy Ivan Event - 7th Mar 21
The Great Reset Is Coming for the Currency - 7th Mar 21
Gold Continues Declines on Bond Yield Jitters - 7th Mar 21
The Case for Inflation - 7th Mar 21
Dow Short-term Stock Market Trend Analysis - 6th Mar 21
Intel Rocket Lake EXPLODE on Launch - 11th Gen CPU's RUN VERY HOT Bad Cinebench R20 Scores - 6th Mar 21
US & UK Head for Post Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown Inflationary Economic BOOM - 6th Mar 21
FED Balance Sheet Current State - 5th Mar 21
The Global Vaccine Race Against Time and Variants - 5th Mar 21
US Treasury Yields Rally May Trigger A Crazy Ivan Event (Again) In Stock Market - 5th Mar 21
After Gold’s Slide, What Happens to Miners? - 5th Mar 21
Racism Pandemic Why UK Black and Asians NOT Getting Vaccinated - NHS Covid-19 BAME - 5th Mar 21
Get Ready for Inflation Mega-trend to Surge 2021 - 4th Mar 21
Stocks, Gold – Rebound or Dead Cat Bounce? - 4th Mar 21
The Top Technologies That Are Transforming the Casino Industry - 4th Mar 21
How to Get RICH Crypto Mining Bitcoin, Ethereum With NiceHash - 4th Mar 21
Coronavirus Pandemic Vaccines Indicator Current State - 3rd Mar 21
AI Tech Stocks Investing 2021 Buy Ratings, Levels and Valuations Explained - 3rd Mar 21
Stock Market Bull Trend in Jeopardy - 3rd Mar 21
New Global Reserve Currency? - 3rd Mar 21
Gold To Monetary Base Ratio Says No Hyperinflation - 3rd Mar 21
US Fed Grilled about Its Unsound Currency, Digital Currency Schemes - 3rd Mar 21
The Case Against Inflation - 3rd Mar 21
How to Start Crypto Mining Bitcoins, Ethereum with Your Desktop PC, Laptop with NiceHash - 3rd Mar 21
AI Tech Stocks Investing Portfolio Buying Levels and Valuations 2021 Explained - 2nd Mar 21
There’s A “Chip” Shortage: And TSMC Holds All The Cards - 2nd Mar 21
Why now might be a good time to buy gold and gold juniors - 2nd Mar 21
Silver Is Close To Something Big - 2nd Mar 21
Bitcoin: Let's Put 2 Heart-Pounding Price Drops into Perspective - 2nd Mar 21
Gold Stocks Spring Rally 2021 - 2nd Mar 21
US Housing Market Trend Forecast 2021 - 2nd Mar 21
Covid-19 Vaccinations US House Prices Trend Indicator 2021 - 2nd Mar 21
How blockchain technology will change the online casino - 2nd Mar 21
How Much PC RAM Memory is Good in 2021, 16gb, 32gb or 64gb? - 2nd Mar 21
US Housing Market House Prices Momentum Analysis - 26th Feb 21
FOMC Minutes Disappoint Gold Bulls - 26th Feb 21
Kiss of Life for Gold - 26th Feb 21
Congress May Increase The Moral Hazard Building In The Stock Market - 26th Feb 21
The “Oil Of The Future” Is Set To Soar In 2021 - 26th Feb 21
The Everything Stock Market Rally Continues - 25th Feb 21
Vaccine inequality: A new beginning or another missed opportunity? - 25th Feb 21
What's Next Move For Silver, Gold? Follow US Treasuries and Commodities To Find Out - 25th Feb 21
Warren Buffett Buys a Copper Stock! - 25th Feb 21
Work From Home Inflationary US House Prices BOOM! - 25th Feb 21
Man Takes First Steps Towards Colonising Mars - Nasa Perseverance Rover in Jezero Crater - 25th Feb 21
Musk, Bezos And Cook Are Rushing To Lock In New Lithium Supply - 25th Feb 21
US Debt and Yield Curve (Spread between 2 year and 10 year US bonds) - 24th Feb 21
Should You Buy a Landrover Discovery Sport in 2021? - 24th Feb 21
US Housing Market 2021 and the Inflation Mega-trend - QE4EVER! - 24th Feb 21
M&A Most Commonly Used Software - 24th Feb 21
Is More Stock Market Correction Needed? - 24th Feb 21
VUZE XR Camera 180 3D VR Example Footage Video Image quality - 24th Feb 21
How to Protect Your Positions From A Stock Market Sell-Off Using Options - 24th Feb 21
Why Isn’t Retail Demand for Silver Pushing Up Prices? - 24th Feb 21
2 Stocks That Could Win Big In The Trillion Dollar Battery War - 24th Feb 21
US Economic Trends - GDP, Inflation and Unemployment Impact on House Prices 2021 - 23rd Feb 21
Why the Sky Is Not Falling in Precious Metals - 23rd Feb 21
7 Things Every Businessman Should Know - 23rd Feb 21
For Stocks, has the “Rational Bubble” Popped? - 23rd Feb 21
Will Biden Overheat the Economy and Gold? - 23rd Feb 21
Precious Metals Under Seige? - 23rd Feb 21
US House Prices Trend Forecast Review - 23rd Feb 21
Lithium Prices Soar As Tesla, Apple And Google Fight For Supply - 23rd Feb 21
Stock Markets Discounting Post Covid Economic Boom - 22nd Feb 21
Economics Is Why Vaccination Is So Hard - 22nd Feb 21
Pivotal Session In Stocks Bull Bear Battle - 22nd Feb 21
Gold’s Downtrend: Is This Just the Beginning? - 22nd Feb 21
The Most Exciting Commodities Play Of 2021? - 22nd Feb 21
How to Test NEW and Used GPU, and Benchmark to Make sure it is Working Properly - 22nd Feb 21
US House Prices Vaccinations Indicator - 21st Feb 21
S&P 500 Correction – No Need to Hold Onto Your Hat - 21st Feb 21
Gold Setting Up Major Bottom So Could We See A Breakout Rally Begin Soon? - 21st Feb 21
Owning Real Assets Amid Surreal Financial Markets - 21st Feb 21
Great Investment Ideas For 2021 - 21st Feb 21

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

FIRST ACCESS to Nadeem Walayat’s Analysis and Trend Forecasts

The Social Memory Dump, Shredding Society

Politics / Social Issues Jul 31, 2014 - 07:50 PM GMT

By: Andrew_McKillop


Intoxicating “the people” or “the mass” with permanent over-information of the trivial sort can be taken as the Aldous Huxley theory of the breakdown of society – to compare with the George Orwell theory where an all-powerful police state severely limits all information except pure propaganda (see for example I suggest we in fact have suffered a converging twin track of both “strategies” in western society today, including the ultimate in disinformation which is the suppression of the ability to understand, know, and act in consequence of what we know.

Radically dumping social memory is a key feature of the “strategy”, alongside the scrambling and shredding of key cultural elements of society, like the dominant and secondary paradigms that circulate in society. Pure inability to know is the end result.

Taking a snapshot of your PC's current system and using it as a restore point is well known, but we can imagine what would happen if a random selection of computer codes – binary, octal, hexadecimal and so on – had been used in the programming of individual files or system attributes. The easiest analogy would be dyslexia, amnesia, catatonia or other well known speech-memory and psychological difficulties or health defects. One thing would be certain - system breakdown.

True / False
System integrity is however hard to define when it concerns society and culture. Conversely for programmers and designers of computer hardware such as EPROMs, flash memories, processors and other key devices the meaning of system integrity is crystal clear.

What for semantics or semiotics are “logic operators” are usually called “logic gates” by IT hardware designers and software programmers. These gates operate by True/False or Yes/No choices, extended by other logic gates to permit more-extended operations, for example using If-Then-Else. In other words a certain amount of controlled ambiguity is introduced and utilised to enable more operations but upstream of this there is always the need for complete integrity of data streams or packets.

The data can come from an internal or external hard disc, a flash memory peripheral, or other sources such as plug-in cameras but at all times logical coherence and integrity must apply across the entire logic and data network of the PC or other IT device. Analogous to society's memory which is made concrete for example as national archives, museums and libraries, memory dumps are used to “take a snapshot” of the computer machine's state at a certain time. Daily news roundups on TV and radio, are for example sometimes disparagingly called “the daily memory dump” of society.

Many of the news items are “one trip only” and are erased from future roundups. Their “cycle time” is low and can be directly compared with memory dumps on PCs, which store data that is often entirely useless for later tasks. For PCs unlike society,  the data can be almost entirely deleted by disk defragmentation and disc reformatting applications, but even this is not 100% effective. Reasons for this even include the physical electron configurations of the semiconductor materials used.

The Ghost in the Machine
For IT memory devices this is called “remanent memory”. Huxley, Orwell and many other writers covering the theme of totalitarianism and the police state identified the problem, for The Master Elite, of society having “residual or remanent” memory, which can be partly-cleaned and deleted but not entirely. Its residence time can be very long – decades or centuries. As sociologists and anthropologists note, social or cultural memory is often mythologized or converted to legend.

 For example in Christian, Judaic and Islamic mythology there is an important role of The Flood, in Greek myth Atlantis, probably derived from real historical floods, tsunami, or extreme coastal tides.

By suppressing the real data – such as the real extent of historical flooding – the reconstructed race memory, myth, legend or folk tale lives on and serves a distinct supporting role in social thought and belief. It is reprogrammed rather than deleted. What matters is the time interval from the initial real event, to the reconstructed legend, and the extent of “social memory dumping” and “program editing” needed to maintain the legend in present society. Obviously the logic gates in the cultural network of real-versus-desired information must be modified to accept the process.

Today's radical context of destroying the rational bases of society notably includes the creation of “instant myths and legends”. These can have short or very short “cycle times” in society, before being dumped, but to achieve their supine acceptance by “the mass”, social logic operators are heavily tampered with. Major reprogramming is needed, not only of dominant social paradigms, but also of the secondary and supporting paradigms that prop the dominant ones.

Examples of this process are literally everywhere. Taking only the “black box economy which runs all by itself”, neoliberal legend paints a picture of the Ancient Economy, before the 1980s, being “fettered and hamstrung”, un-free and illiberal, “Sovietized” by trade unions, and weakened by small and manipulated un-transparent markets. The myth continues with an image akin to the economy of the Medieval Ages! Supposedly “the public” is so stupid and witless it will swallow and believe this instant legend. To make this happen, social memory of “the past economy” has to be de-learned. After that, knowing anything at all about the economy has to be forgotten.

The major problem was and is that deconstructing the so-called Ancient Economy is only possible through mythmaking. As empirical data shows, if we took the 25-year periods 1950-75 and 1989-2014 the Ancient Economy performed massively better than the New Economy on every logical criteria, from growth and debt to employment and income distribution. It is therefore urgent not to know!

The Slippery Slope
Dumping all “unfortunate reality” and mythologizing the before-and-after becomes a permanent process of unknowing. In the case of the economy we can call it Economic Dyslexia, but the process is society-wide with rapid spillover collateral damage, which we can call a Wave of Unknowing. Again using the case of the Mythologized Economy, the master-class or power elite can say to itself that if outright distortion and lying fantasy are right and proper for the economy, why not elsewhere?

For perhaps 25 years, the same substitution of fantasy for reality has been rampant in almost all domains of western society. The net result is that the “system integrity” of society, including the ideology and culture of individual persons in current western society, has been heavily degraded – initially by design but later spontaneously.

Recourse to “disk wiping” of society's hard disk is therefore always increasing, but is operated on a random base. This makes it possible for us to surmise that initially there was simply an elite desire and plan or program to dumb down “the masses”, but the process later became autonomous, self-feeding and self-amplifying. It ran out of control.

As a result, the supposedly all-powerful elite itself became a Ghost in The Machine and the only way, today, for the shreds and tatters of its previous all-powerful status to be kept alive is the destruction of the memory of society. It is now obligatory and recurrent but is in no way systematic. Unfortunately however, a society with no memory does not exist. It is dead.

Unintended Causes – Unknown Results
Traditional and ancient myths often utilise the trick or subterfuge of “magical causes”, upstream of the narrative used in society's “extant myths and legends” that serve an ongoing useful role. Being “magical” these causes are in human terms, unintended, and it is therefore logical – but in western culture no myth or legend says this – that the results will be unknown to society. 

Relating this to our core subject of western society's moral, cultural, ideological and intellectual collapse since the 1980s or before, mysterious or unknown causes for the downstream wipeout process of unknowing are strongly and repeatedly present.

As one simple example, the 2008 financial crisis is now very often by-lined “the Lehman Bros crisis” or even “the Lehman Bros moment”, a mythologized moment in time attributing the global financial crisis to the collapse of one small brokerage and private banking firm.

Alternately, the term “the subprime crisis” is used with the same objective, to deflect attention from the fact that the unexpected results from a “complex multivariate crisis” of the type that is inevitable and recurrent in a deconstructed economy are logical and totally unavoidable. It was a “mystery crash”.

To be sure, social myths exist and concern us individually and collectively in our daily lives – for example religious belief - but are impossible to compare with the loss of meaning experienced in western society of today. We could for example compare Western Unknowing with the role and function of periodic or cyclic millenarian cults, in late medieval western history or as studied by anthropologists in “primitive” non-western society,

These cults can be called a type of “wide area social hard disk wiping”. They are followed by mass delirium, and very certainly can cause pre-western or “primitive” form of social breakdown and widespread violence including the equivalent of civil war.

Outside of the millenarian cults and in several non-western cases, notably in Australian Aborigene cosmology, the role of Unintended Causes is very strong. In turn, for some Aborigene groups or tribes, this can produce “twin track knowing” of landscape features, natural phenomenae and events of any kind, where the known and unknown have a constant twin role, alongside anything that is empirically perceived.

Alternate Language
We can easily relate this to what I call a general syndrome of Unknowing in contemporary western society. Probably unintended, and often only dimply-perceived by many,  “substitute language” development is rampant. This process of substituted meanings is found in human babies who, for any reason, have not been taught a language. Speech and semantics experts note that learning to speak is the process of learning the details of a first and specific maternal language. Babies however come from the womb “hard wired” with instinctive understanding of profoundly complex grammatical rules and an innate drive to learn their “local” maternal  language. If they are not taught that language, they will create their own “alternate language” or twin speech. Under certain circumstances, this “twin track” is defensive, and creates permanent or “indelible” double meanings of words and idioms in later-learned local or other languages of the formal type.

One theory about the “plague of unknowing”, therefore, is that one of its causes was defensive, possibly due to initial elite attempts to utilise Mass Communication to create a dumbed down public.

The clumsy and heavy modification of perceptual and semiotic frameworks - “when you say dog I think cat” - produced a defensive reaction in society which soon extended much further than a simple and systematic recourse to double-think, resulting in another and further driver of the unknowing process. More serious damage resulted, as starkly revealed by “the new journalism” of both the print and audiovisual types.

As we know, it is commonplace to find predictions that conventional print media, especially the so-called “great newspapers” are dying out, plagued by continually declining sales. This also affects other media such as magazines and books. TV news shows and documentaries also suffer declining audiences, as does radio journalism, but this totally ignores why this is happening.

The major reason is the mutated content of these media with increasingly evident lack of ability by journalists and reporters to produce coherent texts or spoken comments. The genre has been deconstructed. Unknowing speeds this decrepitude, making what were “slips of the tongue” or “typing errors” into permanent but unrecognized features of the new journalism.

As a very current example, the glove puppet media's attempt to “rally the masses” for a nuclear war with Putin's Russia is a farce. The public is already bored with it, and bemused by the vast stack of false-flag operations under way. The media has dumbed itself down to the point of chaotic incoherence or to use a quantum physics analogy, to deconstructive incoherence.

The New Framework
This is firstly not a stable state and is in no way sustainable. It is an “interregnum”. What was previously dumbing down becomes a new semantic and cultural framework, with an inevitable loss of content and coherence in society.

It can be called deconstructing society, but as already noted above, the constant wide-area flushing and destruction social memory, followed by random editing of its remains ends up with a Non-Society. By definition, mobilising this for Heroic Endeavors of the Elite – like nuclear war with Russia – will be difficult or impossible. The new framework of society is chaos-type and also by definition. It is inchoate or unpredictable.

To be sure, the elites themselves bathe in a pea fog of Unknowing. They do not know that society is ungovernable, and due to their own particular form of Herd Schizophrenia are unable to know. What we can note is that neither Aldous Huxley nor George Orwell imagined this end-result. Reasons for this are easy to surmise and include the existence from the 1930s to the 1950s of extremely hard-edged and defined Mass Ideologies and political-social doctrines.

Unknowing has destroyed all this. This is certainly an unexpected result for the downsized and dumbed down elites who imagine they still rule, today. Their rather transparent or child-like desire to “cook up a nuclear war” with Russia can be understood as a pathetic and too-late attempt at saving their own thick skins and unearned status of would-be leaders of society.

By Andrew McKillop


Former chief policy analyst, Division A Policy, DG XVII Energy, European Commission. Andrew McKillop Biographic Highlights

Co-author 'The Doomsday Machine', Palgrave Macmillan USA, 2012

Andrew McKillop has more than 30 years experience in the energy, economic and finance domains. Trained at London UK’s University College, he has had specially long experience of energy policy, project administration and the development and financing of alternate energy. This included his role of in-house Expert on Policy and Programming at the DG XVII-Energy of the European Commission, Director of Information of the OAPEC technology transfer subsidiary, AREC and researcher for UN agencies including the ILO.

© 2014 Copyright Andrew McKillop - All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisor.

Andrew McKillop Archive

© 2005-2019 - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.

Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

6 Critical Money Making Rules