Somebody Please Take a GCHQ Angle Grinder and Pulverize Joshua Cinderella’s Guardian Snitch-Piece
Why is Cinderella writing censorship 'research' papers for the Anglo-US intelligence nexus in summer '21? And why are sustainable shadowland DAOs any different to a derelict Chinese Disneyland?
JOSH CINDERELLA IS ASS
Somebody please take a GCHQ angle grinder and pulverize Joshua Cinderella’s recent Guardian snitch-piece and then delete his Instagram and the rest of the New Models-post-Web2 Biden era omnilapse he rode in on.1
It isn’t just that The Guardian is no longer a paper of record,2 it isn’t just that as an institution they have been directly infiltrated by British Intelligence and the power of the Queen’s Golden Shares since at least 2011,3 it isn’t just that they colluded with the Israeli state to make it impossible for Jeremy Corybn to interrupt the Tory party hegemony in 2019,4 it isn’t just that Guardian America is still campaigning against Donald Trump every day on its homepage even though he has already been disappeared, it isn’t just that Cinderella’s writing style is weak ass middlebrow as all hell, it isn’t just that this recent piece is totally unsubstantiated and doesn’t offer a single link to or image of the online phenomenon it confusedly pretends to be able to condemn,5 it isn’t just that the broader project to create left wing memes has already terminally failed by definition (in early 2017), it isn’t just that Cinderella admits his project is a failure without cognizing what he himself has said, it isn’t just that Cinderella allowed this text to be published on the day that literally the most laughable and atrociously unethical journalist in the world (Luke Harding) dropped a new anti-Trump Russian spy story propaganda piece on the same site, it isn’t just that Cinderella’s article coincides exactly with Jen Psaki saying ‘if you’re banned on one social media platform, you should be banned on other social media platforms’, it isn’t just that Cinderella spends his time stockpiling collecting likes for other lesser-known peoples’ meme-labour, it isn’t just that Cinderella loves to collect shiny empty jargon and present it as a fake-ass form of prognostics, it isn’t just that this text will be streamlined and co-opted into fodder for an accelerating worldwide censorship embargo on genuine intellectual thought, it isn’t just that Cinderella will have been given top dollar for publishing with The Guardian and that The Guardian is not at all an independent financial entity as it claims, and it isn’t just that the very targeted individuals Cinderella is in some ways almost valiantly trying to save will be mislead even further by his cruel ass misguided meme optimism.
No, what really disturbs any sensitive reader about this text is the timing. Cinderella’s article is chronically ass-timed given the comparative flow of world events rn. His argument—which boils down to weirdo-lurking on a few rogue Instagram accounts that apparently spike normie MAGA content with extremist memes—has to be placed alongside a number of overwhelming world urgencies, including the state-Covid-industrial-censorship-complex and above all the impact of accelerating co-extinctions on all forms of (non)human life, anticipation, cognition, health, sanity, plasticity, which is to say the general aesthetic sector Cinderella claims to occupy and watch over.
Again, not only this coincidence of the article’s appearance in the worst place at the worst time, that is, during an intense wave of state/media censorship and neurological infiltration; not only the fact that British intelligence remains unacknowledged as the most brutal and advanced in the world, always delegated to when the Americans have something truly murky to achieve.6 More than this, the article reaches new levels of eschatological triviality, like listening to Toby Shorin describe different Zoom interfaces on the deck of the Romandisea Titanic.
HOW NOT TO BE (DE)RADICALIZED BY JOSHUA CINDERELLA
Here are some localities of discussion we can use (mock-Discord style) to disband the presence of Cinderella’s fail state from our minds:
First of all, there is a yet to be fully designated genre of ‘journalism’ to which Cinderella now belongs, which people like Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi have spent the last year or so deconstructing, invalidating, warning about and meticulously documenting.
This genre is a kind of preparatory work for the state.7 For example, if the worldwide Democratic media complex wants to get Tucker Carlson taken off air, then they set about making the case first of all in the legacy media. If a link can be made for example between Carlson and Alex Jones, who was already gang-cancelled, then a step has been taken towards Carlson’s eventual gang-cancelling. In this way, mainstream media ‘journalism’ has becomes nothing more than a test-run for the kind of daily increasing state censorship we’ve seen, for example just in the last few days.
What eventually gets enacted by the broad administrative state is worked out first by advocate journalists and their research. In fact, we can go even further and say that what the administrative/intelligence caliphate is now doing in the name of Covid restrictions was prepared many years back by the aesthetic state—specifically in early 2017.
The current wave of tightening Cosmo-Sino-American Covid censorship is atavistically modelled on the first wave of cancellation culture in the Anglo-American art diaspora just after mark Fisher bowed out and Trump was inaugurated. What Hannah Black and Aria Dean celebrated in open letters to max out their own future visibility in 2017 (taking white bodies and painters hostage to secure decades of artworld inviolability), Jen Psaki now laughingly turns into a hostage trope in the WH press room.
You don’t see the link? You think we’re exaggerating? That the isomorphism is forced? That’s because you’ve ceased to see through things, and because you were the one who was kidnapped by Trump era #resistance and will never pay us the reparations we deserve.
Enter Cinderella xirself, at midnight, with their own Fluff Sugar Platforms clasped dangling in their teeth, mute. This is the amazingly disingenuous leading idea of the article, casting low iq Cinderella as the New Models DAO equivalent of Claude Frollo:
I once followed the work of a group of far-right teenagers who devoted much of their time to radicalising people.
Um, what? And:
I spend a lot of time on Instagram. Not posting stories, but researching Gen Z online political subcultures.
The term for this sort of all-time-lame lowlighting isn’t meme research, it’s meme snitching. It isn’t sociology—which Cinderella claims to be a practitioner of, lol—it’s irrelevance. It isn’t ethics, it’s confusion. It isn’t de-radicalization, it’s preparatory censorship. It isn’t ‘left-wing’, it’s the haunting uselessness of low iq Mark Fisher.
The author is claiming to be above mere use-value on Instagram. He doesn’t use Instagram to post stories like the rest of us suckers do, no, instead he collects data on ‘far right teenagers’. But who are these teenagers exactly and why spy on them? Hasn’t the CIA got that covered?
BASELESS ALLEGATIONS FROM CINDERELLA AT MIDNIGHT
This brings us to our second point, that after spending the bulk of the article outlining without any evidence at all (as his side like to say) of the modus of these extremist teenage accounts—when since have rando teenagers taken it upon themselves to work for the fringes of the Republican party on Instagram?—Cinderella then twists all the way round and claims he is not making a pro content moderation argument at all, despite every single dominating appearance to the exact contrary:
There is no content moderation solution for a political problem. . . . Perhaps it is time to accept that this kind of political mobilization is here to stay. . . . Meme pages, influencers and online groups aren’t going anywhere.
This is typical of the Cinderella-style-vanish-as-the-clock-strikes-midnight completely confused and totally ass type of thinking we’ve come to expect from the New Models Berlin enclave ‘retard’ fool asses. Having written an article providing the perfect profile for the state content moderation media apparatus pipeline to get going, and by allowing The Guardian to use this idea as its lede without qualification, he then collapses his own ‘research’ back in on itself and lets us know that content moderation was in fact never the point. Too late. Since if that really were the case, why provide content for the GCHQ angle grinders in the first place?
Notice how this framing presents the article as a pure content moderation ‘dog whistle’ analytic from the word go. That is, regardless of its eventual (hidden towards the end) counter-arguments, the whole presentation and thrust is ‘here’s how they do it’. The article is an ‘opinion’ under the label ‘the far right’. Other things are said at the end, including ‘here’s how we can do the same’, and yet this framing of the argument is entirely consistent with the overall tenor of the piece.
RED-PILLED IS ONLY ONE PILL
There’s something immensely confused, as well, about Cinderella’s use of the term ‘red-pilled’. ‘Red-pilled’ has a broad sense, and even though he points out these tactics can be used by anyone, it is here restricted to right wing extremism. Nothing is said, for example, of the recent quite rightly immensely viral Darryl Cooper thread that went someway towards totally making sense of many of the MAGA protagonists who Cinderella burlesques out of existence.
We know that Cinderella went on record several times during the 2020 election as a full-on zero-evidencer disavower.8 In other words, he was already repeating without pause the DNC/CIA talking points he has now fully swallowed as a member of the angle grinder crew at The Guardian. Previous articles by Cinderella pointed in that direction, but this one goes full Luke Harding.
The point isn’t whether this is coded anti-moderation or not, it’s the fact that played out in this context and providing the analysis it does, the text remains manipulable in the exact same way it wants to diagnose elsewhere. It completely fails on all counts.
CINDERELLA’S BASELESS MIDNIGHT
As mentioned, not a single piece of evidence for the claims about the teenage accounts is given. The word ‘baseless’ was used in a hackneyed and non-objective way to dismiss the Hunter Biden lap top story in the run up to the American election (all the details of that story have turned out to be true—please @ yourself if you don’t know), but in terms of lack of evidence, Cinderella’s claim really is a ‘baseless allegation’. Where are the links? Where are the screenshots? Who exactly are these teenage right wing extremists spending their time radicalising us? Moreover, how do we quantify that the account followers actually did move right and because of the content splicing? And most of all, why provide this vague outline at all, especially without evidence, if content moderation does not work and that’s not what we’re here for?
Josh Cinderella’s article is not just a snitch-piece that will help the Queen’s Golden Shares stay bullish, it is an incoherent weak-assed attempt to bridge some kind of gap between—*Carly Busta voice—the clearnet legacy media and the darknet forest of thinkers and radicals at the helm of the New Models underwater Clubhouse. As one of the team put it on the NET POVERA episode, ‘Red Scare is a vibe, New Models is a way of life.’ That’s right, snitching for the CIA is a way of life.
It’s not that I doubt such teenage accounts Cinderella points to exist, but so what? How much more learning to code on a replica Titanic can you get? And the question remains: why give no evidence at all? The danger of course is that one could claim anything about anything, which is precisely the state of play in the media as it now goes in lock-step to reduce political freedoms to a zero all across the grid. Let’s note that this has accelerated decisively after Trump.
Cinderella’s argument is not only atrociously timed but achronically superfluous. Next to niche finitude, the Ivermectin story,9 extreme weather events, truly radical and beautiful aesthetic work that might be embraced and promoted as a reaction to these issues, the choice of the general New Models chat diagram handler is overwhelmingly ass in its bad taste and lack of inner justification—as well as conveniently hidden from those of us still on the old-fangled Clearnet.
Obviously, choosing to publish in this or that venue is nowadays always a matter of compromise. But if a robust piece of writing appears in the worst of places, little matter. The writing may act with a degree of autonomy. All venues, including Substack, are or will be compromised in time. But the gap between the interim neutrality of Substack and the intelligence-defined operations of The Guardian still exists (see footnotes).
Let’s be clear: this rejection is not based on nonpure venue choice alone but on writing manipulable snitch-ass trash for a newspaper that more than any other reduced free analysis while pretending to do otherwise. Doing one is forgivable, the other remarks itself in advance as terminally negligible.
Since Joshua Citarella did not publish something new or courageous at all in this newspaper which is the embodiment of the ongoingly colonial British intelligence state, the choice of venue becomes meaningful and structurally saturating. We need to dismiss Citarella’s work accordingly.
As for the general New Models project and Interdependence and the whole deluded ass enclave, srsly, do the deepnet DAO bros really think the CIA didn’t already crack Tor open decades back? Why would Web3 solve or even mitigate the problem of extological sociality, like, in the slightest? Who would be dumb enough to think that gathering on the darknet will make any real difference to the massive issues now sunsetting and accelerating towards us? Why pretend that ‘declining rates of union membership’ and ‘the divergent trendlines of productivity and wages’ are still even among them? And who will be helped by grooming thousands of Discord members into believing that copying unidentified rw teens is the next step?
And like, wait, do you really think there are centuries down the line?
The article originally appeared on Do Not Research. One might ask: why therefore republish it on The Guardian? But I would say the more pressing question is why publish it at all.
The best template-argument for x or y no longer being a media of note is probably Matt Taibbi’s 2019 ‘The New York Times is no longer the paper of record’, TK News Substack, 22 August 2019, here. Although about The New York Times and not The Guardian, the description of how newspapers under Trump used the argument that Trump was exceptional in American history (compared for example to one million dead in Iraq) and that strong advocacy journalism was therefore necessary to cut corners and ditch actual objectivity, applies across the board. Taibbi is sure to point out that journalism has never been a pure art at all but also that the alibis for nonobjectivity ‘under Trump’ only seem to have exponentially increased since November 2020. What The New York Times did was either a model for or had already been achieved by The Guardian, which on its American site has done nothing for the last few years except energetically campaign for the DNC and by implication the current president.
To understand this in detail, perhaps the best place to start is the 2014 article, ‘Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives’, 31 January 2014, here. Not only was The Guardian infiltrated by the intelligence state at this point and coerced into the destruction of its copies of the Snowden hard drive, but even more important is what then happened. This was just the beginning of the compromising of The Guardian’s supposed independence, as written about for example in ‘How the UK Security Services neutralised the country’s leading liberal newspaper’, 11 September 2019, here. Also see here, here and here.
One can of course argue there are reasons for this. For example, exposing the account names or giving screenshots of the supposedly harmful memes in question would be tantamount to ‘actual doxxing’, supposing the article does not already provide ‘doxxicological’ material. But the simple fact is: absent any evidence for his claims about the Instagram accounts, Citarella has moved into a space familiar to mainstream media now—the spectre of ‘right wing extremism’ allows one to assert anything, even falsehoods.
Here the bro is doing a Dominion ‘deep dive’ which was everything but ‘deep’. Cinderella has been proven 100 percent wrong on this count. If you don’t agree, please give evidence of why in the comments section below. The onus is on you.