Social Media Recruiting Grounds for Cults

hare krishna zombieForget tambourines and flowers, the new cults (and some of the old ones) are recruiting via social media.

Via The Kernel:

The days of wearing hooded robes and waiting for initiates to slink furtively into your taffeta-draped S&M temple are, sad to say, long gone. As any cult’s social media manager (bear with us) will tell you, the easiest way to find new members for your crackpot cargo cult is to use websites like Facebook to spread your messages – however bonkers they might be.

The Cult Information Centre defines as a cult as an organisation which among other things uses psychological coercion to recruit, indoctrinate and retain its members.

So who fits the bill? Well, I know they don’t like being referred to as a cult, but the Church of Scientology certainly uses Facebook to share “resources” to both its existing members and people who haven’t encountered the “church” before.

Videos such as “The Way to Happiness Video: Precept #8, Do not murder“ are classic Scientology doctrines thinly veiled as mainstream self-help guff. Why? Well, many cults are shying away from being open about their beliefs, preferring instead to produce generic instructional videos and motivational quote posters to lure in followers.

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  • jasonpaulhayes

    I don’t have time to post on this, I have to create my profile on bohemianmingle.com

  • InfvoCuernos

    This is how I recruit for my cult. You get the best and brightest that the internet has to offer.

  • Ted Heistman

    The Hari Krishna’s recruited Blue man? No way!

    • InfvoCuernos

      somebody got a swirly in a toilet being treated with 2000flushes.

  • BuzzCoastin

    The Cult Information Centre
    defines as a cult as an organization which among other things uses
    psychological coercion to recruit, indoctrinate and retain its members.

    sounds like Der Homeland to me
    butt Uncle Homeland the Free doesn’t use Fakebook to recruit
    he’s got school fodat

  • ****

    I guess this is a dumb question, but why do we have to click to read more? Why is the article cut off and moved elsewhere? This is not exclusive to this website by any means. Is it to double the ad exposure for each article? Is it something else that’s zooming right over my head?

    It’s just a mild annoyance and Web 2.0+ is here to stay, so it’s not really worth complaining about. Just wondering.

    • Matt Staggs

      It’s because these are excerpts from articles of interest on other websites. We can’t copy all of them.

      • ****

        Ooooooooooh, I got ya. It was just me not knowing how things work, after all!

        Thanks for the reply.

  • Heath

    Mormons and Christians recruiting via facebook, huh who woulda thunk.

  • http://www.youtube.com/chillmeester Chiller

    it sounds alot like obama’s cult, like his last televised psychological coercion to bomb syria

  • http://singedrac.livejournal.com Singe

    There’s a good “how to start a cult” video posted to YouTube about four years ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBK5aKOr2Fw