posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 03:35 PM
Over the past few years, I there seems to have been a shift in how conspiracy theories are defined, talked about, and considered. The following is my
opinion only, but I'm interested in how other people feel about the issue.
First of all, I think "conspiracy is going mainstream." That is to say, as the economies of the developed world implode, more and more people are
looking for new answers. They are willing to entertain many ideas that once seemed crazy or "fringe." The mainstream press has let thoughtful people
down -- its credibility is dwindling as it withdraws into a corporate-sponsored cocoon of false cheer and shallow celebrity gossip.
People intuitively recognize that something is wrong with the world, and their previous assumptions and coziness have been shattered. The look around
them and see the rotting, foreclosed homes and the growing ranks of jobless. They take note of the mass bailouts, and see how this has only benefited
a few. A "surveillance society" bristling with cameras and detectors that once seemed paranoid and sci-fi is emerging before our eyes. Meanwhile the
press, the governments, and TPTB keep telling people that everything is OK, leading to a further loss of credibility.
At the same time, certain aspects of the "conspiracy theory world" are receiving less attention. As people realize that their daily lives are not
what they thought, they have no need to use extreme fringe ideas as a form of escapism -- reality is becoming strange and terrifying enough. The need
for escapism persists, of course, but rather than escape into conspiracy theories as a form of "semi-fiction," people are seeking their releases
elsewhere. When they turn to conspiratorial ideas, they do so with increasing grimness and seriousness, no longer playing around but rather
frantically seeking to make sense of a world gone mad.
Or so it seems to me. Thoughts?