AST is strictly a simplification of Bob's research for the purposes of analysing blog posts and comments by the self-identified authoritarian follower. Let's recap some key aspects of the authoritarian follower:
- Illogical thinking
- Highly compartmentalized minds
- Double standards
- Blindness to themselves
- Profound Ethnocentrism
- Dependence on an in-group for maintenence of beliefs (3,4,5,6,7)
- Highly repetitive behaviours (1,2,7)
- Inability to make cogent arguments at all (1,2,4,5,7)
- Only susceptible to arguments from within the in-group (1-7)
As you can see, it's a simple world for the authoritarian follower, and their arguments follow this logic:
- Attack anything or anyone representing Bad Stuff
- Reaffirm anything or anyone representing Approved Stuff
For blogging purposes, AST is useful in a. recognizing an AF and b. reacting to the AF. The internet has introduced some historically dangerous elements to the AF environment; elements that in the past have resulted in sheer horror. Depending on whether or not you accept the thesis of situational morality, this may not surprise you.
- Organizing mechanism
- The AF's strong groupthink drive makes the internet a paradise for finding like minds. This is particularly important given their self-definition by common enemy. It only accentuates the problems AFs experience in the real world.
- Broadcast medium
- An isolated fearful community cannot match a worldwide fearful community. The internet provides this feeling of comradeship and renewed opportunities to further the internal aims of AF in-groups. Most importantly, it promotes evangelism.
- Reduced inhibitions
- Allows the AF to send email death threats, mass-attack a blog, online stalking, and other reprehensible behaviours. Given their belief system, the AF feels licensed to attack in any form possible and feel safe from retribution