Conspiracy theories are killing us

When popular opinion is fuelled by good sense and sane laws then popular opinion can serve us well. When it’s fuelled by conspiracy theories it can serve us poorly. It can lead us to reach bad conclusions about historical events, like the Kennedy assassination or the moon landings or the attacks of 9/11.

And sometimes the consequences of conspiracy theories can be deadly. They can lead us to think that the side effects to vaccines are somehow worse than the diseases they cure, that global warming is a hoax and we don’t need to recycle, that racism isn’t a real problem, that it’s a scam of the “woke.” People actually lose their lives every single day because of these conspiracy theories, and there is every indication that conspiracy theories are increasing in number at an alarming rate.

We are, in short, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, and I am not talking for once about coronavirus. Conspiracy theories are a major sociological problem and they are going viral thanks to the internet. Conspiracy theories — such as the 2020 election was rigged or that masks and social distancing are taking away our Constitutional freedoms or that coronavirus vaccines have a microchip in them — are being cynically and deliberately employed to powerful effect by the Republican Party.

Nothing new about politicians lying to get their way. In a nation with a significant portion of the economy governed by advertising dollar$, we might think folks had already figured that out. But, on one hand [this is strictly subjective], I think advertisers simply can’t getaway with lying as much as life before the Internet. On the other hand…the article even suggests this…the Internet swallows up any critical evaluation of information that might straighten out the gullible and spits crap back out as fact…when offered by cultural heroes of no value whatsoever. Like the meathead up top of this post.

4 thoughts on “Conspiracy theories are killing us

  1. Luke 17:32 says:

    ”Kenneth, what is the frequency?” became more than just the question that Dan Rather, the CBS news anchor, said he was asked during an attack in 1986 that some detractors unfairly dismissed as apocryphal. It became a nonsensical oddity and an unsolved mystery: Who said it, and why, and what ever happened to him?
    Now, it seems, there may be some answers, as The Daily News first reported on Wednesday. According to Mr. Rather and law enforcement officials, the man who punched and kicked him appears to be the same man who, in 1994, fatally shot an NBC stagehand outside Rockefeller Center.
    And in both cases, the motive was distrust and suspicion of the news media, said Dr. Park Dietz, a forensic psychiatrist who examined the man, William Tager, after the shooting of the stagehand, Campbell Theron Montgomery, 33. Dr. Dietz said in a telephone interview yesterday that Mr. Tager, serving a 121/2 – to 25-year sentence for manslaughter, believed that messages were being broadcast directly to him on the evening news. https://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/30/nyregion/belatedly-the-riddle-of-an-attack-on-rather-is-solved.html

  2. dolphinwrite says:

    It’s become so generally common to lump truths with lies or rhetoric. I can agree that racism is wrong, though you can’t legislate thought, but I can’t believe anyone who believes in man-made global warming, because of 3 reasons: 1) The data required is far too numerous to even begin to comprehend, and part of this, we got by listening to the non-pc scientists who do the hard research but won’t bow to government grants, 2) Even if the globe were warming, as it has long before humans were around, no one could predict whether that would be a good, bad, or somewhere in-between thing, nor that the Earth would adapt, as it has long before we were around, 3) I’ve never met a person who believes in things like global warming, Covid requires vaccines even when they’ve gotten it, who ever follow the rabbit down the trail of reason. It’s all emotions. No reality. And that’s what we’ve noticed.

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