I love to think of the internet as the great equalizer. People have much more powerful voice and can see their thoughts and views realized at a much faster rate than ever before. Just look at any scandal or anyone who has said or done something that has outraged anyone. People have more power to evoke change and hold people accountable. And not only that, but now people have this incredible tool of constant information right at their fingertips and now even in their pockets with their smartphones. But with this influx of information and new outlet of expression also comes things that aren’t so good.
“Cue The Rant!”
Conspiracy theories have been around way before the internet but there is no question that the internet has played a vital role in exacerbating these theories and making it worse. America, more than any other country in the world, seems to have a sort of pathological mistrust of the government. And when you have that type of mistrust you project all of your fears onto the government. Just think about all the different conspiracies that pop up on a regular basis. I can’t even keep up with them anymore.
If you are determined to find something, you will see evidence of it wherever you look. While there are things going on behind the scenes everyone doesn’t know about and the government has plenty of secrets, don’t give them too much credit because they are still run by a lot of stupid people. America is, at its core, a nation in the middle.
In almost every classroom of about 30 children there are 5 smart, 5 dumb and everyone else is a nation in the middle. We are a country of B and C students and that’s okay. Conspiracy theorists believe in the notion that the government is so vastly organized and methodical that it can coordinate all of these theories without a hitch. But in reality that couldn’t be further from the truth. And if you don’t believe me look at Hurricane Katrina as a perfect example.
There were even conspiracies of the government trying to harm or kill people and bury the city of New Orleans by not responding fast enough after the storm. But for some reason people couldn’t come to grips with the fact the government wasn’t organized, it was ill informed and organizations were being led poorly by its administrators (Michael Brown and George W. Bush).
People like to confuse conspiracy with incompetency. People are stupid. And if you couple that with people’s need to understand while being extremely cynical and the rise of the internet you will get what we get today.
As Bill Maher once said,”I think we need conspiracy theories for the same reason we need God. Because we can’t seem to accept that some things are just random”
More people should take the smart approach to things in life and do their do diligence especially if you are going to speak on a subject. Don’t visit one sided arguments and partisan sites, look at the situation from all angles. And don’t believe anything, even the conspiracies.
That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to cue the Sir Charles.