The short answer is yes, of course it has.
But first, what is paranoia?
Paranoia is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid
thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs concerning a perceived threat towards oneself. Historically, this characterization was used to
describe any delusional state.
Everybody at some point in their life has experienced paranoia, wether its a matter of believing a friend is lying to you about something or perhaps
because of something larger and when the reason for your paranoia is proven or disproven, it is replaced by something else like happiness that your
fears were misplaced or anger because you were right all along. However, the real problem with paranoia is that we cannot always prove the cause, one
way or another.
Before the internet, we had main stream media (MSM) which fed us on an ever increasing frequency, all of the things that were going on; at first
locally and over time as our world got 'smaller', globally. Wether it was via a newspaper, radio or TV when ti came about, we were fed the 'current
events' that were deemed to be of importance to those doing the reporting. However, the issue with MSM is that since the internet came along, people
stopped trusting what MSM told them because they realised that it was filtered, that it was diseminated to the many, by the few and they began to
develop the idea that the few had an agenda; which was to control the many. But the internet, that was free! Free of control! Free to express your
views and beliefs from the relative safety of your own home and to be able to find the REAL truth rather than be spoon fed by a corrupt system.... or
so people thought.
Instead, what they found was an almost infinite number of alternative explanations for things happening in their world and instead of being
enlightened, they just became more unsure of what was really going on and thus, became more paranoid.
Learning more & knowing less
The odd guy who lived in your building who would never come out of his apartment and wore a tin foil hat to protect himself from being scanned by
aliens or the government, used to be the easily identifiable conspiracy nut. Sure, people would listen to him and maybe even believe him, but for the
most part he was ridiculed because of his eccentric ways and would only ever reach a small audience anyway. But one day, that nut got a computer and
was able to spread his particular brand of theory to the world but got to remain anonymous and in the process found people like him, people with ideas
even more crazy than his and he was in heaven! Then, all of a sudden, he was joined by people sharing his ideas, but not only did they not live in
hermitlike solitude like he did but they didnt have the foil hat. One became many and soon, he had an army. With his army, he began to further
disseminate his theories and began coining phrases like "wake up sheeple" and pointing the finger at people who did not agree with him and accusing
them of spreading disinformation to hide the truth. The end result being that as people gained more information, they were no longer able to tell the
truth from fiction and for the greater part, it became a matter of belief, rather than knowing; and that belief (or indeed lack of belief) led to
What we will never know..
Because we know our governments have lied to us in the past (because invariably they have admitted it or been outed) we no longer trust them and that
distrust comes from them being in a position of power over us. So we look for the alternatives and find solace with people whome we percieve to be at
our social ecenomic level, people in the same boat as us for our answers. The problem is, some of those people are telling us lies but because they
are not 'the establishment' we believe them over the people who would seek to control us, because it feels safer; "he has no reason to lie to
me...". Thus, the truth becomes buried, obscured by the mist of lies and we are no longer able to see the wood for the trees.
Will we ever escape?
To put it simply, no. As long as we continue to act in this way as a society, we will forever be locked in a paranoid dream full of theories and
speculations and because we are paranoid, we are always going to believe the worst of people.
But guess what, just because we are paranoid, doesn't mean that they are NOT out to get us....