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Thursday, October 27, 2016

A year of Dark Triad

Congratulations to Castalia author Ivan Throne, who is observing the one-year-anniversary of his blog, Dark Triad Man by sharing some of the lessons he learned along the way:
The first year of social media is hard.

I don’t like Facebook. It is a time sink, most of its users are not my audience, and I needed traction fast. That is why I settled on Twitter and began to learn how it works.

It is an insane platform, rampantly infected (and managed) by social justice warriors. I saw that as a benefit. I am here to test out my work in the real world, to subject it to adversaries and criticism, along with the expected mockery from those who oppose my perspectives, my differentation and of course my message.

There were plenty of envious trolls, shrieking feminists, whining cucks, sobbing peasants, gormless chattel and febrile incompetents who decided to insult, harass and stalk me across social media. It was absolutely delightful and every one of them has my thanks for being a part of the churl shooting gallery that social media affords.

Trolls and haters are fun. They are the icing on the cake of the real work. And that real work is very serious, and has strict parameters.

I followed several rules as I delivered Dark Triad Man and built my audience:

1. Blunt, ruthless honesty in my observations and message.

2. Delivery of real world training for readers on top of perspective.

3. Multiple channels of media that entwine and reinforce.

4. Absolute quality of writing, layout, presentation and brand.

5. Rapidity in applying lessons learned to the enterprise.


Everything I do at Dark Triad Man follows these overarching values.
One of the things I liked about Ivan from the beginning is that he is a fearless and ferocious fighter. The reason that I signed his book, The Nine Laws, is because I knew that his determined approach was, sooner or later, going to make him successful. I figured we would be wise to make an early ally of a man who may well become more influential than any of us one day.

There are a few men I wouldn't bet against for various reasons. Ivan Throne is one of them. One should never judge a man by what he is, or what he was, but rather, by what he may become.

I don't like Facebook either.

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26 Comments:

Anonymous Todd Skipton October 27, 2016 1:24 PM  

Thank you for bringing this fantastic teacher and his strong message to my attention. VD, and Castalia, always deliver!

Blogger D.J. October 27, 2016 1:24 PM  

"One should never judge a man by what he is, or what he was, but rather, by what he may become."

This is the exact opposite of the Moneyball approach.

Anonymous ODG October 27, 2016 1:39 PM  

This is the exact opposite of the Moneyball approach.

I disagree. The Moneyball approach is to base the worth on the things that matter. What a man is (fat, short, tall, thin) is less important that a man's character, and determination. Those are the Moneyball aspects of personal success.

Blogger John M October 27, 2016 1:55 PM  

The Moneyball approach reduces Sports into a spreadsheet game and players into numbers. It trivializes Sports into a game of finding undervalued players and chucking out overvalued players, and ignores the psychological aspects of making a big signing.

Anonymous Ollie October 27, 2016 1:59 PM  

Bloomberg just dropped an article deliberately misquoting Trump twitter chief Brad Parscale. The two main lies are 1. something to the effect of Trump's internal polling closely matching the results of Nate Silver's 538 (which give Hillary an 85% win chance) and 2. the Trump campaign deliberately engaging in 3 separate efforts in "Voter Suppression".

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-27/inside-the-trump-bunker-with-12-days-to-go

Other MSM outlets are coordinating with this attack, specifically focusing on one or both of the above points.

Here is an example from the DM:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3879324/Donald-Trump-spends-100-000-week-internal-polling-s-giving-results-public-surveys-losing.html

Parscale contacted Bloomberg about the complete misrepresentation a little over an hour ago.

Spread the word.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 27, 2016 2:13 PM  

ignores the psychological aspects of making a big signing.

How many of those big signings panned out?

Blogger Ingot9455 October 27, 2016 2:15 PM  

Facebook is for advertising.

It lets you advertise your life.

In return, you get to read what your friends want to advertise about their life...

And you have to wade through 10-100 times your desired content in order to read what you want.

If it is your goal to advertise to people who wade through that mass quantity, there's some point to it. Other than that, no point.

Anonymous Athor Pel October 27, 2016 3:13 PM  

"2. Blogger D.J. October 27, 2016 1:24 PM
"One should never judge a man by what he is, or what he was, but rather, by what he may become."

This is the exact opposite of the Moneyball approach.
"




A professional sports career is the pinnacle of that man's efforts within that sport. See the operative words there, pinnacle and within that sport.

A man's life is not a baseball career.

A man's life is not done until he is dead.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 27, 2016 3:17 PM  

This is the exact opposite of the Moneyball approach.

Actually, it is the money ball approach--projecting future performance.

Blogger Lovekraft October 27, 2016 3:18 PM  

Facebook reminded me of those annoying high school kids who smile too much. Joined for about two weeks when it first came out.

I think my approach to social media conversation is like a venomous snake who can be quite affable, but if disturbed, can bring da venumz~

Blogger Lovekraft October 27, 2016 3:29 PM  

It's not what you have, but what you have overcome.

Anonymous fop October 27, 2016 4:17 PM  

Earl Weaver: "Pitching, defense, and the 3-run homer."

RIP Earl.

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus October 27, 2016 4:40 PM  

I've found that the more I use Twitter, the less I use Facebook.

Twitter, despite the superficial stupidity of the platform, is actually useful.

Facebook, because of the stupidity of the platform, is not. FB is just good for cat pictures and having your online presence logged and stolen by corporate sponsors.

Anonymous EH October 27, 2016 5:50 PM  

Heartiste has a story:

A homeless Black woman Trump supporter is camped out on his repaired Hollywood walk of fame star, with a sign:
"20 million illegals and Americans sleep on the streets in tents. Vote Trump!"
and another:
"Did Hillary have sex with that woman, Senator Weiner's wife?
Can Americans go to Mexico for jobs, housing, medical"
and a third sign, mostly too small to read, but begins:
"Things Mr. Trump won't say but I will:
1. Hillary is getting more pussy than Donald Trump or Bill Clinton..."

Heartiste commenter Corvo is quoted:
"GBFM — I know you’re working for the Trump campaign. Tell him to fly out there and give this woman a hug; give her a job; tell her he’s 'With Her' and fighting for her, and that it’s time America take care of its own citizens first. This is an election-winning moment."

Blogger VFM #7634 October 27, 2016 5:54 PM  

Just read The Nine Laws. Very powerful guide for getting rid of Gammatude and Omegatude.

Blogger Unknown October 27, 2016 5:59 PM  

He makes a great point about trolls being icing on the cake. There's nothing Dark Triad about it though, it's just how sales are made in these end times. Happened in Rome too. Good is evil and evil is good. War profiteers see opportunities as the battle rages on.

Whether it's better in the process of self-promotion to 'suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous trolling or to establish an Inner Circle to repel them, or attack them, and by opposing, end the misery: to ignore them, to stop debating them (which incidentally would eliminate one of the entertaining features that attract an audience and make self-promotion effective) is a great question to be asking.

Cake with icing is not just desirable but often necessary to sell the cake. To be able to engage, to discuss substantive things, to practice and refine by fire skills in rhetoric, dialectic and debate, in order to be able to hoist your own flag, kiss your own ass, crown yourself king - the choice stuff smeared on top to make the tasteless crud underneath delicious - that's the point isn't it? In the wastelands of self-importance, the illusion of self-relevance, where will be the sales when the master baiters - the icing makers - aren't there?

Blogger One Man's Chorus October 27, 2016 7:07 PM  

I misjudged Dark Triad Man. After reading about how he lost his hearing, I felt sympathy and even admiration for him. And I appreciate that he issued a warning to his readers about how to apply the laws he outlines in his book. DTM is one of the good guys.

Blogger Bard October 27, 2016 8:27 PM  

I have not read it yet. Will download and post a review when done.

Blogger Bard October 27, 2016 8:30 PM  

Sooo....what is the Facebook replacement called? Or is it an obsolete platform that is is no longer necessary?

Blogger Bard October 27, 2016 8:37 PM  

Also going to the only remaining bookstore in town tomorrow after work to order MAGA Mindset. If Mike thinks that will help his brand, I trust his judgement. However, since so few people buy at a bookstore anymore, I am curious if you could comment on the potential gains.

Anonymous Galactic Starfleets of Deplorable Spartacus October 28, 2016 1:32 AM  

There were plenty of envious trolls, shrieking feminists, whining cucks, sobbing peasants, gormless chattel and febrile incompetents who decided to insult, harass and stalk me across social media. It was absolutely delightful and every one of them has my thanks for being a part of the churl shooting gallery that social media affords.

Not quite a John C. Wright or a Vox Day, but closing fast.

Dark Triad Man's Nine Lawsis a sometimes-difficult read. Some portion of his word choices leave me lost. On a re-read, some of those come into focus, some still do not. On the latter, I'm not sure it's me.

Anonymous Galactic Starfleets of Deplorable Spartacus October 28, 2016 1:34 AM  

Bard wrote:Sooo....what is the Facebook replacement called?

Voxbook.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit October 28, 2016 6:40 AM  

Bard wrote:Sooo....what is the Facebook replacement called? Or is it an obsolete platform that is is no longer necessary?

It's not obsolete, it is fulfilling its role adequately: allowing narcissists to virtue signal to strangers while letting various governments know exactly what their citizens are up to 24/7. Why fix something that isn't broken?

Anonymous Mister M October 28, 2016 6:47 AM  

That list of 5 things has real value. I will print it up and use it. Good post.

Blogger residentMoron October 28, 2016 8:45 AM  

As a fundamentalist Christian i was skeptical about The Nine Laws. In the original announcement of its publication by Castalia House, it was Throne's description of his childhood disease that changed my mind and persuaded me to buy it. I've found much in it that is both challenging and encouraging. There is deep truth and wisdom in it but as Ivan says, the unwise will not see nor understand it without tutelage and the will to learn.

There is that within it that would lend itself to evil if improperly used.

However, that is also true of a chair leg; not an argument against chairs.

Blogger residentMoron October 28, 2016 8:52 AM  

@Galactic Starfleets of Deplorable Spartacus.

I've read it once. I've noted many passages that will require re-reading, and I'm sure there are others that will only be revealed through further readings.

So far I'm more than satisfied with the investment.

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