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  • Yes, Exhibit A is that Vladimir Putin’s opponents have been defamed and shamed into dropping out or being arrested every single election for over a decade, usually involving a sex tape that vaguely resembles them or allegations of substance abuse.

    Exhibit B is that in the USA older people with exposure to Cable News like Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox News are far more conservative and more evangelized than their younger counterparts who mainly use the internet but radicalizing in the opposite direction, and yet another stark contrast to the new generation of voters who have been exposed to YouTube and TikTok algorithmic pipelines to extreme ideologies. I believe Germany itself has experienced this firsthand with recent election upsets and hard right youth activists.

    It is highly effective, you are not immune to propoganda. If you want to read more about the mechanisms of how or why it works, start with the works of Siegmund Freud on suggestion and work your way to more modern theories.











  • The “currencies” are all ingame. Because PoE has no actual currency like gold pieces or anything, players trade in consumable items like Chaos Orbs and Chromatic Orbs that augment items with random outcomes. The introduction of a market ingame helps facilitate trades that players were previously using external websites and forums to make.

    Even the NPC shops trade for identification scrolls and have “recipes” where you put in ID scrolls to get teleportation scrolls and you can keep trading upwards.

    Diablo III wishes it could be PoE.