virus: Manipulation 101 lesson #9

Tadeusz Niwinski (
Sat, 22 Feb 1997 12:56:59 -0800

Caution #1:
This course may look advanced for some students.
Please make sure you have all the prerequisites.

Caution #2:
Looking at your memes in a mirror may be hazardous to your health.

Disclaimer: Any resemblance of meme-patterns used in the following lessons
-- to anything real, is entirely coincidental.

Lesson #9

How to benefit from unclear and ambiguous statements.

If a host you want to manipulate interprets some (not yours) unclear
statement one way, tell him it should be interpreted another way. Start
your sentence with a "No" (so you look stronger) and assure him he was wrong.

>No, David, you have misunderstood.

Accuse him of something anti-social and egoistic. Make it clear you are
very personal (write YOU in uppercase, use "don't you?", etc.). Ridicule
whatever you know he likes doing and accuse of not doing things you think he
does not like.

>I think I see what's going on. You only read the threads YOU
>start, don't you? That's why you never chime in on discussions
>about anything other than "Levels" or "Objectivism".

Remind him of your kindness and how much he owes you (use "we", pretend you
speak for other people too). Pretend you are glad doing him a favour:

>Well, I'm glad we can provide a space for you to rant.

Vaguely accuse him of having wrong ideas (no details!).
Be rude, use a derogative language, refer to his ideas as
"rants" or "spoutings":

>I grow weary (Lesson #6.7*pi/e) of your spoutings though.

Ironically ask him if he knows anything else. Use words "constructive" and
"contribute" so you look as a caring and socially oriented person.

>Do you have anything /constructive/ to contribute on any
>other subject?

Sign it with a title you don't have, like:


Pat yourself on the back for a good social work and pray the
asshole will never bother innocent idiots again.

Regards, Tadeusz (Tad) Niwinski from planet TeTa (604) 985-4159