The truth about the #FBPE Movement
Subversion, Propaganda and some really nice people!
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This is a min-i-nvestigation where I wanted to have a good look at at the Anti-Brexit movements on Twitter and analyse for any elements of perception management.
In November this year, a twitter storm/movement was launched by a small group using the name ” #FBPE ” whose aim is to promote a united Europe by fighting Brexit.
After a short time following and activst’ing (is that even a word?) this movement, I quickly noticed that attempts were being made to hijack the movement. But Stevie I hear you ask, why would anyone do this? The answer is simple, people want to meet their own political goals and think that the Anti-Brexit movement(s) are a threat to their aims.
This made me aware that there may be more to this seemingly harmless hashtag and I was compelled into putting a magnifying glass to this movement to find out Who exactly they are and whether they existed to honestly fight Brexit or if they were actually a nefarious group with a hidden motive.
I also wanted to get to the core of an online political activist movement and find out who exactly puts these together.
This show is split over 2 short podcasts and documents my journey and investigations into the FBPE movement to find out who they really are and what their end goals are.
In part 1 I ask the questions …
- When did the movement start?
- Who created/manages the #FBPE movement?
AND, in part 2 of this Min-i-nvestigation* , I ask…
- What is the goal of the #FBPE movement?
- Did the movement have any Subversive agenda other than Brexit?
- Should you follow groups like #FBPE?
(Cool new word eh! Mini – investigation?! … It’ll catch on)
Within Part 2 of the Podcast is all remaining information about the #FBPE movement which I learned directly from the people who created and ran it. This is also a cautionary tale about Propaganda and Subversion. Just who can you trust when it comes to online Brexit debate?
I hope something can be learned by anyone who is a campaigner or activist for any political party or topic.
(Original Infographic that started the FBPE Twitterstorm/movement)
Following on and completing my mini Investigation into the #FBPE twitter movement.
you may be asking yourself “Stevie, Why are covering this topic”?
Well, a month or so ago I saw an Anti-Brexit twitter storm develop and I was instantly drawn in by this new forms of activism.
After a few weeks of taking part in the Twitter Storm / Movement, I noticed that there seemed to be people with ulterior motives jumping on.
The targeted disruption to this Twitter movement at first came by way of people trying to reframe discussions, turning them from discussions about how to end of protest Brexit into petty arguments that pitched the left against the right or even against itself. The common theme of this attempt to derail every discussion into arguments was the use of the theory that Jeremy Corbyn was the Catalyst for Brexit.
So with my Bullshit meter detecting such enormous volumes of poop and attempts to sabotage the movement, I felt that they must be doing something right!
This combination of a potential propaganda war and group of people who may be standing up and rebelling against the state(s) was irresistible. And so I decided to go on a SMALL journey into the #FBPE Movement to find out WHO they are and also to try and identify who might be trying to make their lives difficult … or at least why!
The Truth about #FBPE Part 1 – HERE (and below)
The Truth about #FBPE Part 2 – HERE (and below)
You can check out all previous podcasts here! If you have ANY feedback on this investigation, show OR just want to ask me a question then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I am a Working class Man with a working-class voice who is trying to make sense of things way above my station and communicate it to others in normal words! I am also Dyslexic so if anything seems missing in the text, feel free to tell me.