You meaning me here? Or just generally what one does?
If it is a meta thing as I'm guessing it is, then I could imagine that it becomes a game to them. Throwing out a medieval era conspiracy just for shits n giggles is kinda lulzy. The fact that it stuck is even betterBut I suppose I'm really focusing more on the ones like flat earth.... how do they succeed?
People have been doing this shit foreverThe editors of the Playboy 'forum' letters pages during the mid-to-late Sixties were Robert Anton Wilson and Bob Shea. In many ways their jobs were not that different to most office jobs, except that the secretaries tended to be prettier and every week or so they'd be invited up to Hugh Hefner's mansion to “watch movies and stuff”.A lot of the readers' letters they received, though, were decidedly odd. In part this was because some of these were from the small, initial group of Discordians. The two Bobs found themselves in frequent letter communication with Kerry Thornley. They soon became committed Discordians themselves, with Wilson adopting the Discordian name Mordecai the Foul and Shea calling himself Josh the Dill. It was not long before the Playboy forum took on, under these two editors, a decidedly weird turn. Letters were printed that proclaimed deeply complicated and contradictory conspiracy theories, not because the writers believed what they were claiming, but because they wanted to mess with the heads of the people who read Playboy.
We're also living in a world where Donald Trump is potus. Shits gone topsy turvy.I mean I do buy the complexity and overwhelming data and confusion argument as a rule... but how the fuck do you explain that loads of people now THINK THAT THE WORLD IS FUCKING FLAT?
Yeah, that one is a real puzzler because unlike some conspiracy theories, which aren't intrinsically implausible, it's just so... well, intrinsically implausible. I mean you can literally see the curvature of the earth by taking a high-resolution photo of the horizon at sea on a clear day and then compressing the image: https://www.quora.com/At-what-altitude-do-you-see-the-curvature-of-the-EarthSure I get that. And I get the complexity thing... but why do loads of people who can read suddenly turn flat-earth?
It does, at least superficially, but Adam Curtis is also at least semi-cancelled because he's apparently mates with Frank Furedi and Claire Fox and all those weird and highly unpleasant ex-communist right-wing dickbags.Hypernormalization explains it all pretty well man
The best ones are the videos that involve someone pouring water on a basketball or something, to show that it all runs off instead of adhering to it, and then looking smugly at the camera, as if to say "Checkmate, globetards!"Btw, have you lot read the arguments for flat earth? Some interesting stuff there. Enough WTFs to make you see how even an engineer could believe.
yeah i thought the first post on the thread was quite good, but most of the thread is not really responding as much as citing the latest conspiracy theories and having fun debunking them and saying why anyone who believes them is gullible."Why are conspiracy theories so prevalent now?"
to say that science doesn't know everything is not the same as saying that there's no objective truthburden of proof is on you and your pyramid avi 'idle rich'