a reply to: nonspecific
I think that there may be a plausible explanation for at least a percentage of the drop in conspiracy topics, or posts in conspiracy centred
First of all, by conspiracy topics I do not mean Aliens and UFO related topics, but general conspiracies, dodgy government policy, corrupt politicians
and police forces, strange goings on with bankers and the like.
Basically I think that the news networks are starting to realise, that the people of the world no longer accept on face value, everything that they
are told and shown about the figures and organisations which are either a part of their lives by rote, or by fame, or by what appears to be chance.
Here in the UK, revelations about certain famous figures and their awful treatment of children, and the possibility that members of the establishment
may also be involved, have certainly opened up the eyes of many people, to the well known, but little thought of rule that power corrupts. Its a
phrase which has been bandied about since God was a boy, but the implications of its meaning are beginning to become clearer to those who had no prior
understanding in that regard.
In the US, the insane ruse that the IRS used to explain their inability to produce email evidence, the police brutality issue, and the rise and rise
of citizen journalism are doing the same. Issues which affect both nations, and have had a similarly shocking effect on many people include but are
not limited to, the PRISM and ECHELON programs run by the intelligence services.
We here in the UK had the report of the intelligence analyst and number cruncher, found in a holdall, in his bathtub, apparently having locked
himself in it, and the claims made about his private life, which further confuse the issue.
These are all things which have been in the mainstream media, not just on sites like this, and elsewhere in the web where things of this nature are
discussed. These are things which have reached entire populations, concepts and ideas which are part of the every day consciousness now. Ten years
ago, these sorts of stories would have been shot down in flames, never to see the light of day, and relegated to the stuff of legends, spoken of only
in the internet equivalent of an underground speakeasy circa 1920, filled with thick blue cigarette smoke and pinstripes.
This is a brave new world, where even the mainstream media are talking about things which make your conspiracy bone vibrate in such a way as to
endanger the molecular cohesion of the connective tissues surrounding it!
Now, it is absolutely the case that the MSM are not covering these topics with the same vigorous zeal with which independent researchers and
hobbyists on the net do, simply because they have not got the mandate to follow these things with enough commitment and concentration. The media have
a responsibility to their shareholders to make money doing what they do, and so stories which will not get them a buck will be left by the wayside,
and we will always have those exclusives to our credit
But that does not change the fact that the public consciousness has changed, and I would say that for the most part, the change is for the better
with regard to the concepts that regular folk are prepared to engage with, when absorbing the news.