posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 12:10 PM
Some unpopular claims I am making:
* 70% of all "information" in the conspiracy-theory, paranormal, UFO and political circus is false.
* False information is the original seed of war, strife, decay of society and mental illness
* 50% of the internet-reading-population does not care whether information is true or false. They care more for a) entertainment and b)
* Many naively think that this amount of false information is somehow "OK" and poses no serious threat to humanity.
In terms of motivation, intention, journalistic integrity and result there are many different types of quality-levels within the "alternative press"
and "conspiracy-theory" community. While there are many researchers and writings whos work is based on honesty and goodwill we will be focusing on
the less known dark sides here.
Fear, Hate and Tabloid-ism
Many alternative-news and anti-establishment pieces do not intend to inform but to indoctrinate, not to expose but to pontificate, not to learn but to
sow fear, hatred and the feeling of being a victim in a chaotic and hopeless world. Reading too many such pieces tends to weaken the readers
The quality-level then is not much different from that of Tabloid Journalism that seeks to cause divides, emotional shock and upheaval, unfounded
paranoia, worry and suspicion towards ones fellow humans. After the damage is done to the unsuspecting reader, the story still does not prove true,
still lacks facts, still lacks verifiability. Oftentimes this type of story is nothing more than hate-speech masking as "conspiracy theory".
Other info-streams peddle messages of impending doom, death, downfall, totalitarian tyranny. These have been turning out to be boys-who-cried-wolf
since a long time. A close examination of "prophecies" for example reveals less than 1% having come true (while disasters that were not predicted by
doomsayers such as 9/11 did come true).
While the "conspiracy theorist" often purports to be anti-mass-media, he will often filter out the most negative news spoon-fed by just that
mass-media and overblow it tenfold. One (of hundreds) of examples is the Swine Flu. Mass-Media prescribes that it is a problem. The CT will make an
even bigger problem out of it, claiming with absolute certainty that civilization is doomed and will be eradicated by Swine Flu within weeks.
(Of course no mention is made that more people die of normal flu on a yearly basis). In a type of self-fulfilling-prophecy the hype will cause more
instances of illness to happen.
Racial and Partisan Propaganda masked as "Conspiracy Theory" is another symptom of this quality-level. In this mindset, some group is singled out as
evil and then proof is collected to confirm that. Journalism would mean to first look at a situation unbiased and then collect proof from all sides,
not to collect proof based on pre-conditioned beliefs.
This whole mindset looks at the world from the belief that evil is the norm, not the exception. What is overlooked is that by preaching fear and
hatred, one is feeding that evil. This supposed establishment or government they rant about all the time would have a difficult time staying in power
if nobody feared them anymore. Inducing fear of the awesome powers "they" supposedly have, this attitude is actually helping those in power to
maintain power. In this sense, conspiracy-theory is often in itself a conspiracy.
The deeper seated psychological issues from which these types of writing arise:
Narcissism (They are out to get me!)
Broken Trust in Childhood (Authorities cant be trusted!)
Megalomania (I have found the truth nobody else can see! I will awaken the world!)
Lack of Personal Responsibility (Its their fault that my life sucks!)
The inadequate antithesis: "Skepticism"
After learning that I view 70% of "conspiracy-theory" as trash, some will conclude that I am a "disinfo agent" or "a skeptic". "Skepticism"
arose out of the protest of the aforementioned circus. Unfortuantely it is just as small-minded and fallacious as conspiracy-tabloidism itself. It
uses mechanistic reductionism masking as "science", antagonism masking as "rationality". There is nothing at all intelligent about making claims
as to what-is and what-is-not, considering the fact that the human only perceives 0,000000000000000000000001% of reality.
Those who conclude that I am a "disinfo agent" (Ive been called this many times on this site and sites like it) have bought into the
conspiracy-theory-cult to an extent that they are no longer able to discern reality from irreality. While most think that this is "OK", its actually
not OK. Approving of a culture that thinks mental illness is "OK" is an even more serious problem than the mental illness itself.
When entertainment and ego are more important than truth
Propelled by Blog-and-Website culture, entertainment, shock-value and narcissism have become more important than journalistic truth. Attracting
readers and sparking controversy is valued more than presenting reliable information.
All this in part comes from the proponents of relativistic worldviews in which it does not really matter what is true or not as "truth is in the eye
of the beholder" and "one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter" and "everything is a matter of perception". While this is correct and
true to some extent, it is abused by those who seek to bend reality according to their own agenda rather than what is actually going on. In a world
based on distorted relativism, even murder is then "OK" and its "a matter of opinion" whether its good or not.
The only solution to the virus of irreality sweeping over the world via the Internet is humility- Humility puts experience before opinion.
Humility puts facts before opinion. Humility values friendship more than being-right and making-others-wrong.
[edit on 25-7-2009 by Skyfloating]