Article : Dangers of Social Engineering of the past, present and future worldwide
Author: Olusola David, Ayibiowu
Year: 15 November, 2019
Published: Online by Creative Arts Solution Foundation
This article is intended to serve as a warning to the readers of social engineering in the past, present, and future worldwide.
The word social engineering in the Portuguese language is Engenharia Social while the translation is the practice of tricking a user.
To explain it better is the use of centralized planning in an attempt to manage social change and regulate the future development and behaviours of a society.
For example, it might seem just clever marketing that one of the longest-running and most popular reality television shows in the world is entitled “Big Brother.” The show’s nod to the novel invokes the kind of benevolent surveillance that “Big Brother” was meant to signify: “We are watching you and we will take care of you.”
But Big Brother, as a reality show, is also an experiment in controlling and modifying behaviour. By asking participants to put their private lives on display, shows such as “Big Brother” encourage self-scrutiny and behaving according to perceived social norms or roles that challenge those perceived norms.
Social engineering in other words
It is an effort to influence the attitude and social behaviours on a large scale in order to produce desired characteristics in a large population by making a reference in the Bible. The clearest example of social engineering in the word of God is the well-known creation myth of the Garden of Eden.
Social engineer means acting in a way to make another person act as you wish, especially through deception or by exploiting another their weaknesses.
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
The old serpent is playing off of human weaknesses; human beings always want more and always fear death. In short, humans want to be closer to the divine. The serpent promises Eve that there will be no ill consequences from eating the fruit that it is in her benefit. The snake is sating eve’s fears: Eve fears death and the snake, unconcerned with the reality, simply says this is not true. This deception helps Eve to hear the next bit of the pitch — that this will make humans closer to God.
This corruption plays on the human tendency to share — Eve thinks eating the pomegranate or apple or whatever fruit is beneficial — and gives it to Adam.
But Adam and Eve eating the fruit directly disobey God’s direction to not do so.
So the snake is playing of the hopes and fears of humanity. It understands a bit of the nature of humanity and plays off that nature to accomplish a goal. That mirrors our likelihood to ignore what we have been told if we don’t think it is congruent with what we think is is best. Nonetheless, even from this early myth of the Bible, it is clear that ‘social engineering’ has been prevalent across much of humanity, and the idea that we can force outcomes by exploiting knowledge — for the better or worse — encompasses a bit of how we interact with the world and with other people.
What Orwell’s ‘1984’ tells us in a nutshell?
Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-four as a warning after years of brooding on the twin menaces of Nazism and Stalinism. Its depiction of a state where daring to think differently is rewarded with torture, where people are monitored every second of the day, and where party propaganda trumps free speech and thought is a sobering reminder of the evils of unaccountable governments.
In the year 1984, however, there was much self-congratulatory coverage in the U.S. that the dystopia of the novel had not been realized. But media studies scholar Mark Miller argued how the famous slogan from the book, “Big Brother Is Watching You” had been turned to “Big Brother is you, watching” television.
In other words, Oceania is governed by the all-controlling Party, which has brainwashed the population into unthinking obedience to its leader, Big Brother. The Party has created a propagandistic language known as Newspeak, which is designed to limit free thought and promote the Party’s doctrines. Its words include doublethink (belief in contradictory ideas simultaneously), which is reflected in the Party’s slogans: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” and “Ignorance is a strength.” The Party maintains control through the Thought Police and continual surveillance.
The three most important aspects of 1984
The setting of 1984 is a dystopia: an imagined world that is far worse than our own, as opposed to a utopia, which is an ideal place or state. Other dystopian novels include Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and Orwell's own Animal Farm.
When George Orwell wrote in 1984, the year that gives the book its title was still almost 40 years in the future. Some of the things Orwell imagined that would come to pass were the telescreen, a TV that observes those who are watching it, and a world consisting of three megastates rather than hundreds of countries. In the novel, the country of Eastasia apparently consists of China and its satellite nations; Eurasia is the Soviet Union; and Oceania comprises the United States, the United Kingdom, and their allies.
Another of Orwell's creations for 1984 is Newspeak, a form of English that the book's totalitarian government utilizes to discourage free thinking. Orwell believed that, without a word or words to express an idea, the idea itself was impossible to conceive and retain. Thus Newspeak has eliminated the word "bad," replacing it with the less-harsh "ungood." The author's point was that the government can control us through the words.
BBNaija: Big Brother Naija
A brief description as a popular TV series by Big Brother Nigeria, is the Nigerian reality competition television series, based on the Big Brother television franchise, in which 12 to 21 contestants live in an isolated house and compete for a large cash prize worth $171,428.57 equivalent to 60,000,000 Nigerian Naira, and other material gifts, at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by viewers.
But the deeper meaning in ‘Big Brother Naija’ for Nigeria is the looming possibilities in the human society of totalitarianism and an encroaching regimentation of human actions and behaviour as a result of the government's attempt to monitor every dimension of the lives of its citizens through technological innovation. The setting of 1984 is in Great Britain which became the site for the emergence of a superstate. The province is called Oceania. And it is under the totalitarian rule of the Party headed by Big Brother, and assisted by the Thought Police. The function of this police apparatus is to monitor and repress individuality, independence and critical reflection. Through doublespeak and deep propaganda, the Thought Police search for thought crime and put down all rebellion.
Dangers of social engineering relating to BBNaija
Firstly, BBNaija as a bad distraction from the awareness that the Nigerian predicament is more critical than the sanitised atmosphere of the BB house.“Big Brother is Watching You” should be a terrifying outcry that will keep Nigerians ever vigilant about the possibility of losing their democratic gains or being complacent about pushing its boundaries.
The second danger is a crucial issue the BBNaija show raises has to do with the possibility of a moral rebirth for Nigeria. Nigeria is fast becoming a normless society within which negative values have become the order of the day.
Thirdly, the Nigerian society is now a moral battleground in which the government is making effort as to how to morally sanitise the consciousness of Nigerians, especially about corruption, and Nigerians are getting a different moral vibe from popular culture.
The fourth danger of BigBrotherNaija has become a big representation of that moral decline. This is an entertainment show with no moral framework guiding its projection of human relations in virtual reality.
The fifth danger about the BBNiaja shows is beamed live into different homes with no thought for caution. More importantly, the housemates represent different moral dynamics that range from the amoral to the immoral as all the housemates project behavioural dynamics that run counter to what parents teach their children. There is a question that we need to ask ourselves about the danger of social engineering relating to BBNaija and get feedback if possible. The question is: Do we need entertainment that compromises the already fractured societal framework in Nigeria?
At last, the sin of the BBNaija is that it further contributes to the moral decadence of the Nigerian society by projecting attitudes and behaviour that do not enhance social and moral values, as well as national self-understanding. It only keeps throwing up “celebrities” who occupy the deep end of negative mentoring for the Nigerian youths.
The secret behind the Big Brother logo or symbol narrated by Joseph Okechukwu with proof (video)
Watching the 8-minutes video by the Nollywood Actor & songwriter named Joseph Okechukwu popularly known as Kingestjoe on Instagram has been on the internet for quite a while now, the message it brings is still worth sharing and listening to as it did not go too viral because he may not have had too much popularity. The songwriter gave reasons which he backed up with proofs why people should not be watching the Big Brother Naija TV show.
In the video, Joseph Okechukwu first came up with the observation of the kind of symbol used by the Big Brother Naija. In the video, Joseph made it clear that the symbol used by the Big Brother Naija is the evil eye of Horus which is a very deep occult symbol that is even used in the invocation of spirits. Saying that people should forget what any other people tell them about the symbol is a symbol for bad luck or any other thing.
In reference to the “Big Brother” in the BBNaija show he recalled a book written by George Orwell back in 1984 where people kept on arguing: why did the “Big Brother” not show up? Why didn’t we get to see “Big Brother”? Who was he? Where some said he was a spirit, others said he was a human being while others argued he was just a character.
Joseph said that when the Anti-Christ finally manifested in his physical form that he is going to be speaking to human beings telepathically.
Afterward, a short clip of George Orwell was shown where George Orwell said that the Anti-Christ would not speak but his thoughts will be heard telepathically by everybody above the age of 14. He said that in all countries and all languages his voice will be heard by people above 14 years in Slovenia, United States, Russia will all hear in their various languages ranging from English, French, Dutch, etc.
Joseph Okechukwu also said that the Big Brother Naija show is satanic also backing up his point by the book written by George Orwell in 1984 that it was the first place that he mentioned. He also said that everything that was written about Big Brother in that place was really true about it. Apart from which was in the book about someone who is constantly watching you just as the cameras in the Big Brother Naija show are kept monitoring the lives of people.
He said that people may be complaining of their relatives struggling with issues like pornography making reference to the fact that the Big Brother show may be responsible for things like that.
He also said in conclusion that he does not want to run any one’s lives but he’s just given reasons why the Big Brother Show should not be watched again.
Joseph Okechukwu said that we should have endeavour social engineering. He then ended the video by asking Christians to give 1,2,3 to 4 reasons to should be given why they should be watching the Big Brother Naija show, and if you don’t have enough reasons you should stop watching it.
Joseph Okechukwu Condemns BBNaija With Proof (Video) by Naija247blog
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