Desert Racing's Gamification of Social Behavior, Brave New World 2016
Honest, open discussion of what happens at desert races is disappearing.
"Racing Social Networks" are promoting mindless fake support of the Death Races. China’s largest social networks have partnered with the country’s Communist government to create a credit "score" system that will measure how obedient its citizens are, a chilling prospect that would mirror the desert racing community, today.
Just like 'Sesame Credit', Desert Racing social networks are currently demanding support obedience
Just like 'Sesame Credit’, the program, Desert Racing social networks “Aim to create a docile, compliant racing social behavior, that is fiscally and morally compliant by employing a game-like format to create self-imposed, group social control. In other words, desert racing social structures have gamified peer pressure to control its participants; and, though the scheme hasn’t been fully implemented yet, it’s already working — insidiously well,” reports Zero Hedge.
Already, some desert racing information exposes personal information and mis-operates its social media platform, the 'familia forum', of the desert racing community. Sesame Credit is operated by Alibaba and Tencent, two companies that run all the top social networks in China, including Weibo, which has over 200 million users. It works by measuring not only purchase and bill paying history but also “political compliance.”
Social pressure would obviously make individuals far less likely to criticize 'desert racing' and its tire and golfcart sales clients or to counter a dominant social narrative. The credit scores can also be seen by anyone, adding the further burden of potential public shaming for controversial opinions.
The idea is ripped straight from the script of The Prisoner – a cult 1960’s TV show in which the authorities in control of ‘The Village’ attempt to break Number 6 and strip him of his individuality. In one episode, Number 6 is declared “unmutual” and faces ostracization from the rest of the community.
Rick Falkvinge compared this new method of molding the ‘good race participant’ to how the Communist-Soviet-KGB and the Stasi would, eliminate "negative" comments and neutralize dissent.
“The KGB and the Stasi’s method of preventing dissent from taking hold was to plant so-called agents provocateurs in the general population, people who tried to make people agree with dissent, but who actually were arresting them as soon as they agreed with such dissent, he writes. “As a result, nobody would dare agree that the government did anything bad, and this was very effective in preventing any large-scale resistance from taking hold. The Chinese way here is much more subtle, but probably more effective still.”
Johan Lagerkvist also warns that the program will scrutinize what books people read, labeling it akin to “Amazon’s consumer tracking with an Orwellian political twist.”
Sesame Credit is currently opt-in only but is set to become mandatory by 2020. Online commentary on race-dezert, has for years already, exposed their users to ISP hacking, personal information hijacking and physical attacks on people who disagreed with the 'established' rdc mob line.
Online social credit "scores" for expressing politically correct opinions also sounds like a utopian wet dream for social justice warriors, who utilize the power of mob outrage to pester racing organizations and hacks into publicly shaming people who challenge their narratives.
Indeed, prominent feminists are already calling on the United Nations to pressure ISPs and governments to cut off web access for those who dare to disagree with feminists and leftists online.
If the racing community continues to treat the feelings of perpetually offended outrage mobs with more importance than free speech – particularly controversial and unpopular free speech – there’ll be no need for race organizations to impose higher entry fees to control racers – we’re already imposing it on ourselves by default.