posted on Jan, 17 2013 @ 08:43 PM
Has it occurred to anyone else that maybe Alex Jones and the Sandy Hook Deniers (sounds like a terrible name for a music group, doesn't it?) may have
actually done the rest of us a favor?
Stay with me on this. These people come across as unstable, angry and paranoid. So when we question the offical story on things, we sound the
same-guilty by association. That's the fear, anyway.
When people can see that we are rational, calm people with facts to back up what we say, people will stop and go, "Wait a minute. I thought
conspiracy theorists were nuts, but here's Bill, he's got a great job, he's married and is the picture of mental health. And he believes those
things, too. Maybe there is something to it all. I want to look into this more."
Our sanity gives them a refuge. "I can be like Bill, not like Alex Jones." Part of the reason people don't accept alternative interpretations of
things is because homeless crazy people and guys who live in the basement do too, and people are afraid of insanity, like it's a communicable
disease. They need a positive role model with whom they can identify.
AJ and the rest force us to recalibrate our approach. It keeps us fresh. We now have to assume a hostile audience and repackage our brand. It gives us
a great talking point, because we can ridicule misinformation as part of our technique. And this can be to our advantage. For example, now that Sandy
Hook denial and assault weapons are being tied to 9/11 skeptics (which is what I prefer to call "truthers"), it reopens the discussion on 9/11 long
after the general public has stopped caring. So when the guy at work quotes Piers Morgan and says, "You think the government actually pulled off
9/11?" You can snort and say, "Of course not. The Postmaster General wasn't in on it. The mayor of Topeka wasn't in on it. It was..." You can
turn the strawman back on them. Let them make the assertion and then assure them that what you believe isn't nuts by (gently) making fun of the more
I think Alex knew what he was doing. When you watch the movie Braveheart, the character of the Mad Irishman makes William Wallace look normal.
(And spare me the comments about Mel Gibson's personal behavior; this is the film I'm talking about.) Alex is playing the part of the Mad Irishman,
taking it on the chin for all of us, to make us look sane.