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Don't Feed the Cannabis Trolls - Anti-Pot Writers Make Money with Reefer Madness Clickbait Headlines

The cannabis community is getting played by clicking and talking about anti-weed headlines!

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Reginald Reefer on Sunday Dec 17, 2023

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Feed the Cannabis Trolls


Today's internet allows amplified voices reaching masses quickly for better and worse. And along with inspiration circulating via apps and sites, misinformation and hatred also upload garnering reaction. Where attention gathers, money follows.


So even good faith arguments now risk getting drowned out by bad faith actors deliberately generating controversy for views and viral momentum. They cunningly exploit psychology's negativity bias, making inflammatory nonsense spread more contagiously than truth seeking common ground.


Now one community navigating perpetual stigma faces particular vulnerability around reactionary anti-cannabis influences despite legalization's rise. Passionate reform advocates often take the bait, reactively feeding trolls disingenuously weaponizing lingering reefer madness fears rather than furthering solutions. Outrage earns income for them.


I’m not saying that everyone is farming cash with these tactics, but even those that aren’t doing it intentionally are earning more revenue as a result, especially on platforms like X (formerly known as Twitter). In fact, even media outlets enjoy click-baiting stoners into reading their drivel for the sake of farming engagement.


These cynical engagement farming tactics depend on folks taking debates personally rather than spotting partisan performance art for what it is. Their incentive structure requires keeping audiences addicted to indignation, not inspiring progress. They want cannabis community funding their outrage addiction!


Today we'll explore overgrowing these predictable haters by focusing on good faith discussion beyond trolls toxifying discourse for profit. The plants beckon us to higher thought and unity.


So how to stand up for cannabis rights without losing peace internally or getting played externally? Let's talk positive activism and applied wisdom...


Why The Cannabis Community Fights Back Hard


Beyond simply defending cannabis itself, advocates recoil strongly against old rhetoric because drug war lies inflicted immense harm. Generations suffered criminalization and propaganda over healing herbs. That trauma stays fresh as stigmas persist.


Consider the psychological impact and scope of indoctrinating Reefer Madness myths through ages as accepted fact. Outright falsehoods peddled by authorities contradicted millennia of safe global use. When governments push hysteria and limit research intentionally, reality distorts. And people get hurt.


So even as legalization advances, seeing modern pundits repeat dated false talking points strikes nerves. Those jokers claiming cannabis kills brain cells seem oblivious to the war on drugs wrecking 20 million lives and families via thinly justified science. Real suffering fed lies.


Is it any wonder the community still flinches hearing the same slanders uttered breezily as if innocent opinions? High offices locked up neighbors just years ago while enjoying scotch nightly thanks to similar willful ignorance and hypocrisy. Such reckless normalization reasonably enrages.


Yet outrage only empowers problematic frames best dissolved by truth and unity. The plants beckon us forward through wisdom...


So how to stand up for cannabis without losing inner peace to the haters? Where progress awaits beyond politicized blame games?


Starving Trolls Through Wise Media Diets


When outraged by backwards rhetoric, we must remember the game getting played on social platforms. Engagement signals interest regardless of outrage - it all feeds algorithms and advertising. So reacting empowers negativity through metrics.


In essence, content that emotionally triggers gets mathematically lifted through incensed comments, angry emoji reacts, prolonged viewing, etc. Our rage makes their payday in attention capitalism driving digital dividends over quality discourse. Vitriol wins through numbers.


But the road forward reveals itself in these same dynamics - we always possessed power taking away what haters require most: our informed, consciously directed audience energy. We starve them through discipline directing clicks only toward progress.


Two paths divert destiny once recognizing the setup:


Actively flag or filter content contravening community guidelines. Repeated flags demote reach eventually.

Conserve righteous fire for fueling creative solutions already aligned with truth. Reshape newsfeeds through consistent affirmative signals.

It really is this simple yet elusive - no more hysterical pundits or op-eds emerge notified where attention focuses purely on positivity pipelines and consciousness cultivation. We receive the vibes sought subconsciously through what content gets clicked often enough.


So why feed more precious minutes and emotions already exhausted on bad faith arguments framed to sap solidarity? Each of us navigates personal deep waters in an increasingly hostile age. Reserve supplementation for nurturing community solidarity, not contamination leaking backward.


Wisdom guides gradually disengaging the convenient yet poisonous addiction hijacking news feed hours towards outrage porn. The flowers beckon onward beyond past battle lines. And daylight always appears where dark spells break returning sight to love's omnipresence illusion briefly obscured.


Plant seeds in fertile digital soils daily through engaging creators contributing courage, creativity and truth content resisting conditioned conflict addiction. Till cultural crops feeding fresh ideas nourished by collaborative growth. Harvest new hearts awakened. Starve the fear farming tyranny hiding behind "opinions". Start now!


Checking Our Cannabis Passion


In calling out critics' contradictions, we must also self-reflect on whether parts of the community invite backlash by worshipping cannabis as a miracle cure-all. Blind faith and closed-mindedness are two sides of distortion.


In fighting stigma, enthusiasts often glorify cannabis beyond reasonable frames. But the same righteous indignation meant to restore understanding can undermine impartiality if we're not mindful.

Cannabis proves versatile medicine, not fantasy panacea. Its most vocal advocates must model rational thinking when disputing reactionaries. Otherwise we reinforce "obnoxious stoner" stereotypes exploited by opponents to make legalization seem reckless.


Does this mean abandoning impassioned reform efforts? Never. But we must anchor arguments around sound science and ethics rather than absolutism prone to backfiring.


The path forward shines through transparent testimony more piercing than dogma. Through recognizing complexity and hearing dissenting experiences while building bridges beyond blame. The plants patiently aid through each small step dissolving fear.


The Sticky Bottom Line


When loud voices hijack attention today through controversy, we must remember the game getting played. Outrage earns income for bad faith actors regardless of truth pursuit. Resist funding folly through reaction.


Rather direct clicks only toward voices authentically aligned with solution building. Starve spectacle seekers your energy and outrage. Feed instead those lighting paths beyond stagnant cultural ruts blocking vision.


Select "Following" and "Like" mindfully elevating neighbors contributing courageous creativity, compassion, and imaginative dissent. Ignore or flag all aiming to distract, divide and demonize. Transmute misdirected negativity into fuel generating light.


In liberty's spirit we obviously cannot forbid opinions, however thoughtless or seeds of suffering. But nor should we sponsor such regressive notions through precious life minutes or modeling. The plants beckon onward.


So we consciously prune media diets daily, cultivating affirming ideas in word, image and deed that celebrate human dignity's flowering beyond political games. Tend common ground allowing fresh possibilities rooted in justice.


Gradually each small choice reshapes news feeds reflecting the world wished into being through intention's leverage. And the old parasitic noises fade starved of reactive nutrition when progress gets financed instead.


This proves the eternal sticky truth - we magnetize preferred reality vectors through attitudes broadcast individually or en masse. Cynicism calls more. How we wield attention and emotion manifests mirrors.

If algorithms give users what nourishes numerically, revolutionary responsibility resides redirecting clicks until healthy incentives realign bottom lines with uplifting content. We vote views and values financially. Make it count!


The plants stand ready to aid moving beyond past battle lines. But first truth bombs targeting inner obstacles smoothen terrain. Then ideas take hold and old voices quiet, fully ignored at last. Media diets depict destiny - choose mindfully!





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