posted on Jan, 17 2013 @ 11:57 AM
I think the reason why there is unprecedented (and I agree, it is unprecedented) news coverage of conspiracy theory is because we are in an unique
situation. We have a nation whose Congress had the lowest historical approval rating (whether through their own action/inaction or through the
radical polarization of the media). We also had a large scale movement that occurred in nearly every city in the U.S. and, in which, many allegations
of abuses occurred that were doubtless shared across social media. Whether one agrees with the political movement or not, watching things like U.C.
Davis or the young women downtown in NYC getting sprayed by pepper spray would have had a chilling effect. Accusations of misreporting and press
blackouts most likely would explain the decline in viewership of major MSM. Both CNN and Fox suffered 25% declines in viewership last year. That
means that those people were likely looking elsewhere for their news sources and were likely exposed to a variety of conspiracies. I'm the kind of
person that most people open up to (ironically, I'm an anathema on forums but then again, I let my freak flag fly by not hiding how much I'm
observing society and its dynamics so can't blame people). Over the last year, I have heard conspiracy theories emanating from such varied sources
as the old lady down the street to the electrician--either open queries of "what is the government doing?" in some nefarious light or reporting of
what they thought might be chemtrails to declarations of specific people being tagged by the government, and much, much more. Toss in the media
overhyping of 2012 that had as many as 1 in 5 believing that it was the end of the world and searching for the means to that end and you have a
perfect storm indeed.
The reason why Sandy Hook conspiracy theories is being used is because it is socially repugnant. Think about it. It is, essentially, denying the
grief of parents who lost their children or casting it in suspect light. The loss of one's child is one of those things that the majority of parents
fear. Being disrespectful of that loss, for the majority, is behaving like the equivalent of a former gas chamber operator at Auschwitz and causes
recoil. If you had a public that was beginning to listen to questions and thoughts about conspiracies, then what better target than those who are
suggesting conspiracy about something that would be innately morally repugnant to discuss or deny? The MSM plays off of feelings and loves to
encourage of a sense of righteousness in its viewers. Just look at what they did with the public opinion of the Occupy Movement if you are capable of
maintaining neutrality on the subject, it should be plain to see. This time, conspiracy theorists are in the crosshair--cause and effect.