The internet is a terrible place, were it real I wouldn’t visit, and nothing reminds me of this more than the ludicrous Sandy Hook conspiracies which have emerged since the tragedy there last month. Ludicrous though they are, and easy to debunk in detail, I have no intention of debating the details because, like most massive conspiracy theories, the details are hardly important and are self-contradictory while the edifice as a whole appears invulnerable to evidence.
More importantly, while the most popular conspiratorial video on this has gained nearly half a million views a just a few days, this is but a symptom of a larger problem of conspiratorial thinking. There exists a population for which every major news event is claimed to be further proof of a huge conspiracy. Aurora shooting? Conspiracy! 7/7 bombings? Conspiracy! Pointing out flaws in conspiracy theories on the news? Conspiracy! Newtown is but the latest in a never-ending parade of these farcical claims.
For these people everyone is either complicit or foolish, there are no coincidences and no one ever makes mistakes, unless those mistakes come in the context pulling off a conspiracy, and everything is a plot to take their guns away. I’m no mental health professional but I certainly don’t want someone so paranoid as to believe everything is a plot to take their precious guns away actually wielding a gun. The fact they’ve been yelling this imminent demise for years but the day keeps not coming demonstrates nothing to them.
In fact, they point to these previous tragedies, which they believe were conspiracies, as signs of strength as though a failed prediction becomes stronger the more often it is refuted. To them it must be their detective work which is keeping the UN takeover at bay.
And who could disagree? After all, that’s the same reason everyone knows my blog is Death Star repellant. Since it’s been up Earth has yet to be attacked even once by a laser from outer space. You’re welcome.