A quick post to point out the huge spike in social dream language involving “Greece” that corresponded with “day residue” from the ongoing grexit/greferendum drama across the EU:
Last night I dreamed that Greece pulled the Euro down so $1=6 Euros and I started booking all sorts of trips.
— Elizabeth M Nicolai (@lizinthelibrary) July 9, 2015
All night I dreamed of being back in Greece… 😢
— Charles S. Koulianos (@cskoulianos) July 6, 2015
I've had dreams about Greece three nights in a row now. I just want to go back 😩😩
— Kristin Kapottos (@kkapottos) July 7, 2015
There is a lot of other interesting activity in social dream language — too much to mention. Check out the dream board here.
Here is a fun tale from the trenches of harvesting social data.
What happened next is interesting:
Over the next 5 hours, over 80 relatively inconspicuous users sent identical tweets, using the exact same text as @waglington — only without the comma. This set off all my alarms for trend breaks (spikes) in dream language, prompting me to look more deeply into the remarkable pool of identical dreamers. The 83 accounts do have profile images and unrelated (cars, bridges, whatever) header images, and from time to time, each picks a popular public tweet and tweets it as if it were original.
Each word above is a link to one such tweet. If you pick one of these users that mechanically tweeted this, you find that their stream is, in fact, entirely comprised of these “stolen tweets:” something attracts enough attention somewhere, and suddenly entire pools of users are triggered to repeat it. It’s clearly software-driven, and actually this is one of the least sophisticated agents I’ve found.
What Is This?
Recall that details emerged very publicly last year of programs within the NSA and GCHQ to influence online dialogues and sway public opinion. What would something like that look like?
It would look like a piece of software that used some tricks to appear to be human: say funny/interesting things from time to time (what’s “funny?” Whatever other people are responding to with “lol”, etc.). That’s chiefly what the software does: create myriad identities, and “maintain” them all, so that there is a track record of activity, maybe even some interests about which the account tends to tweet.
These identities are called sock puppets.
When a corporate interest wants to shape a dialogue, or intelligence agencies want to push a people into revolution, these pools of identities can be leveraged to respond critically to anyone with a dissenting opinion, so that a quick twitter search reveals that most people seem to think X, and people who don’t think that are taking a verbal beating. Peer pressure is as effective online as it is anywhere else.
None of this is new; researchers have identified many separate puppet armies, including state-sponsored and military, and studies have even been done on their efficacy. Once this particular pool of agents tripped my dream alarms, I figured I might as well share the news.
And hey, now that you’ve seen a group of sock puppets for yourself, you won’t have to take it personally next time someone attacks you online. Take everything with several grains of salt.
Yesterday we experienced another massive surge of a symbol in the collective consciousness. The last time this happened, it didn’t seem to matter where you put your attention: there was a white-or-gold dress — and people dreamed about it. This time, it was “Jenner.” Actually, Jenner in a dress.
By mid-morning I was tired of hearing the word “Jenner” and actively avoiding any images from Vanity Fair. Which was nigh impossible, and still is. Even this afternoon (Tuesday), over 24 hours later, every mainstream news sites I try has the vanity fair cover on it: cnn, msnbc, yahoo and google news to name/screenshot a few. But by last night, it became clear that something significant is going on.
New readers should bear in mind the distinction between content and process. This post has nothing to do with Jenner–the content. It has to do with the process of any name/image/archetype being blasted into the collective human psyche at decidedly unhealthy levels.
Having said that, let’s back up and review events leading up to this.
Rising Vibes of a Jenner Frenzy
Looking at the dream graph, we see that “jenner” has been at increased levels (roughly double the “background” levels associated with being reality television stars, perhaps) for the last 6 weeks or so:
Bruce’s name was blasted out in the media after a car accident in early February, which caused some activity (the first spike), but it wasn’t until late April, when he “came out” on 20/20 (and interestingly even spoke to his dreams…), that the nature of dreams specifically involving Bruce starts to change: we see recurring dreams of him, even dreams predicting the vanity fair image, but more significantly, dreams about being transgender:
Gotta say that Bruce Jenner interview still has me fucked up… I keep having dreams I'm transgender too lol
— ryann jean (@ryann_jean) April 26, 2015
After the Bruce Jenner interview, I dreamt I was a man. Weirdest feeling ever, making .22 cents on the dollar more.
— Dee Dee Cecil (@deedeececil) April 25, 2015
Why do I keep having dreams about Bruce Jenner
— daddy cool (@maartiebee) June 1, 2015
Is it weird that I dreamed of Bruce Jenner dressed as a woman on TV? Cause I did.. And that bitch BAD! 😂😂
— melissa (@_miss_32) May 30, 2015
Leading up to the release, one self-described ‘psychic dreamer’ shared her dream:
I had a dream about Bruce Jenner. This happens when you're a psychic dreamer – you tap into the critical mass of the collective conscious ..
— roya (@reporterroya) June 1, 2015
She is correct — although it happens to everyone.
At this point, the scene was set: the meme was primed and resonating in the collective conscious. Then, with the full moon, the name and images of an entirely new identity were released, and a craze began.
Some dreamers attribute their dream to the intense media coverage:
— Harleen Quinzel (@JosieKaya) June 2, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner was in my dreams last night lol gotta stop falling into Internet hashtag k holes before i go to sleep
— gg allin (@ginakuhn) June 2, 2015
And intense it has been! Beyond the barrage of headlines (see right) from the controlled media, we saw:
- Tweets from Obama and myriad celebrities regarding the new identity, to quickly install this as a trending topic across social media sites and news everywhere
- A bot suddenly appeared on twitter that promptly correct anyone who dares to use an inappropriate gender pronoun when speaking of the new identity
- This new identity beat Obama’s record, setting the world record again by gaining over a million followers in under 4 hours
This assault on our psyche has manifested in our dreams. Unlike with the relatively simple dress, however, it’s not fair to say that the resulting dreams this time are of Bruce/Caitlyn. Look at the kinds of relationships between the dreamer and this new identity: here we see dreamers witnessing the actual transformation, dreamers feeling from camaraderie to even an extremely intense love with the new identity, and even those who dream of being this new identity:
“@luminescentfox I always have the worst dreams :(->I have wild sex dreams with a beautiful woman.Then she turns into Bruce Jenner! Arghh
— EddieThunder© (@eddiesooner) June 2, 2015
Definitely had a dream that Caitlyn Jenner invited me to her penthouse and we drank wine together and it was awesome.
— Elise Hayes (@elisehayes) June 2, 2015
I had a nap and dreamt about Caitlyn Jenner being in it; she was there for me when I wanted to come out and listened and I love her so much
— official shounen hol (@breloome) June 2, 2015
Dreamt that I was Caitlyn Jenner last night
— kiki b (@kikibgoode) June 2, 2015
engineering new characters within the human psyche
The “I love her so much” above is particularly striking. This person didn’t exist yesterday, and now is intensely loved. There’s a lot going on here; this level of engineering characters within the human psyche is frankly quite spooky, but we can learn much from it.
What do you see in these events? Did the “Bruce Jenner involved in fatal crash” headlines kill the phoenix, only for her to be reborn burning more brightly? Is the presidency next to turn into a woman? Are we witnessing the downfall of a patriarchal world order, out of whose ashes the new world order will reign under the divine feminine?
update 2015.06.03 1am vanity fair is reporting a record number of views with 13+ million on the video, plus “The story was trending on Twitter within the first 10 minutes of being set live and on Facebook within the first 2 hours — and it continues on Day 2 to be number 1 on Facebook and number 3 on Twitter.”
Henrik did a terrific Red Ice interview with Sofia Smallstorm about the implications of America’s Superman choosing to become a woman.
Is it spreading?
Last night I dreamt Jay-Z had a vagina.
— touristhead (@touristhead) June 11, 2015
Over the last month, I’ve been intending to post about the significant increase in social dream language around earthquakes. This began slightly before the Nepal quake, and naturally jumped up after it. However, rather than quickly reverting to normal levels, the level has sustained; take a look:
People are also thinking about and searching for earthquakes more than they have since 2011, the year of the earthquake in Japan:
In the meantime, earthquakes have indeed continued. Within this past week we are absolutely seeing increased activity:
- A 4.8 struck Las Vegas on Friday
- A rare 4.2 hit near London about an hour before a 4.1 struck Napa county in California (“The timing of these two magnitude-4 events must be complete coincidence,” UC Berkeley earth and planetary scientist Roland Burgmann)
- There has also been seismic activity in the LA area this weekend
- Russia saw a 5.1 in Preobrazheniye
- Smaller quakes are hitting the East Coast of North America
- As I wrote this, Tokyo was hit by a 5.6 !
So it seems that earthquakes are rumbling in the collective unconscious right now. With solar and earth weather watchers also issuing earthquake warnings, this may be one to keep an eye on.
There are some intriguing dream language trends this week. I have highlighted some groups of trends below: violence and military (red), politics (green), geo (blue) and food (purple):
Coachella is peaking at 747%, after the festival was held over the last two weekends. There are virtually no dreams about coachella normally, which is why the spike is so statistically pronounced:
Coachella is a huge festival so I’m not surprised that people dream about it, like they do burning man.
I am, I have to admit, a little surprised that so many people are dreaming about Hillary Clinton. Indeed, what difference, at this point, does it make?
Not much, it turns out; the Sheeple latch on to a story without any critical thought whatsoever. The woman can be a criminal and psychopath, can even mock us to our faces, but the brand — the image — is still proudly worn by her followers: “I’m ready for hillary.” It’s almost frightening to encounter these people, broadcasting how out of touch with reality they are. And lest this be taken out of context, this obviously has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives or any other polarizing, divide-and-conquer nonsense. It has to do with people who look outside for authorities and saviors. If you’re waiting for your bumper sticker hero to save you, be it Hillary, Ron Paul, Jesus, or the Galactic Federation of Light, you’re in for a rude surprise: only you can fix this situation.
Fortunately, not every dream of Hillary is flattering:
characters on the world stage
It’s easy, though, to see how people become so infatuated with these characters, the “Obama”, the “Putin”, the “Hillary.” Publicly, at least, these are characters: their lines are scripted, their gaffes planned, their wardrobes prepared. It brings to mind the confession speech from “The Adjustment Bureau:”
But it goes much deeper than hiring focus groups on shoes. These “characters” play at archetypes within our subconscious and deep within the collective unconscious. Their stories–especially among their followers–are of the modern monomythical hero. This often resonates with the way we tell our own story.
Rarely is the extent to which these characters are played as evident as in a recent side-by-side comparison of those two representing the East-vs-West conflict: Putin and Obama. Mike King of TomatoBubble assembled an outstanding collection of media images of these two characters, who he describes as Macho Putin vs Girly-Boy Obama. Whatever you think of the men or their policies, the contrasting images are really fascinating when you bear in mind just how carefully cultivated and controlled these characters’ images are. If nothing else, it’s fun.
Until next post, let’s hope the red group of dreams doesn’t manifest. Cheers.