Often called simply OM, Operation Mindfuck was popularlized in "The Illuminatus! Trilogy" by Robert Shea and Robert Anton
Wilson. It involves
challenging people's perspectives, and shaking them out of their reality tunnels by unexpected
actions and events. These usually involve strange
twists on normalcy.
Many OMs involve
subtlety, so that those whose reality perspective is being challenged don't know whether something's being pulled on them or not. Thus Operation Mindfuck often involves
a degree of paranoia.
Operation Mindfuck was created in the 1960s by Ho Chi Zen (aka Lord
Ravenhurst or Kerry Thornley, co-founder
of Discordianism) with fellow Discordian
s Malaclypse the Younger, The GameMaster
of Florin, Dr. Mordecai Malignatus, Harold Lord Randomfactor, and others.
OMs may be performed
solo, by a few people, or by a large group. Operation Mindfuck often involves random
elements, using the game theory concept that "the only strategy an opponent cannot predict is a random
strategy." Participants may use random
elements to make decisions, such
as rolling dice.
OMs are often done
by unconnnected groups of small cells
of people, similar to the military tactics of Mao Tse-tung. A participant may know who's in one cell, but have no idea who else
is involved in other cells
. This makes it extremely
difficult to pinpoint and stop those involved.
In the 21st
, or Operation
Mindfuck: Golden Apple Seed Mission, was begun
by Professor Cramulus and others. In an OMGASM, people spread the word about a coming OM so it can grow everywhere
like scattered seeds.
Mindfuck includes: Anti-Protests
, Book OM
, Culture Jamming
, Erister Egg Hunt
, Flash Mobbing
, Guerilla Communication
, Honorary Membership (in non-existent groups), OM Parade
s (odd and unexpected parades), Postergasm
, Project Pan-Pontification
official documents with unofficial Rubber Stamps, Project Jake
, and more.