posted on Nov, 1 2012 @ 07:12 PM
It's the Internet, stupid. (sorry, couldn't resist).
Until recently, the worldwide news connections just were not in place to let everyone know about this kind of thing, obsess over it, scrutinize it and
not only report it to a central reporting website, but find out that hundreds of other people saw the same thing. Used to be, you'd step outside for
a minute, see something WOW and tell the family, maybe the people at work the next day, and then the thrill would pass.
In 1865 there were people out in the sticks who didn't know Lincoln had been shot for months. In 1920 you had to go out of your way to read a paper
or listen to the radio to know anything that didn't happen on your city block. In 1963, people watched the Kennedy assassination aftermath in almost
real time, worldwide.
Now, everyone carries a phone, a camera and an instant uplink ability to the entire planet, and they're all busily typing away in annoying text-speak
and posting shaky images that could be aliens, could be pigeons.
AND we're going through a comet tail with some rather large chunks in it. If it's the end of the world, an awful lot of money-making doomsayers are
going to have trouble spending the dough they've been collecting.