Thursday, 30 July 2015

Fakeologist Audio Chat July 26, 2015

Ab and Tom Dalpra



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  1. Who really killed JFK? Was 9/11 an inside job? Why is NASA hiding the Flat Earth?
    These types of headlines used to be limited to tabloid printed newspapers found at the end of the grocery store check-out line. The part of the store where impulse purchases, which usually aren’t very healthy, like candy and chewing gum, are strategically placed.* Conspiracy theories are an addiction many of us just can’t quit.* But what about the impact this alt-culture has in the workplace?

    Once a post-JFK assassination phenomenon from the 20th century,* this cottage industry has been amplified by 21st-century technology, metastasizing into quite an addictive tumor. Hand-held smart screen technology changes everything. The list of conspiracy theories is constantly growing.* And the internet is in the palm of everyone’s hand. Its enticing and counterproductive content a finger swipe away.

    Streaming services cater to the conspiracy-theory audience. Amazon’s, Hulu’s, and Netflix’s content reflect this unhealthy habit. These publicly traded companies offer viewers things like 9/11 conspiracy films and Flat Earth documentaries.* Countless YouTube channels crank out endless videos either claiming the earth flat or debunking the idea. This is a waste of time unless you crave YouTube views for the advertising revenue. A flat world is simply impossible, the idea is so obviously divorced from experience and demonstrable reality, that there is nothing more to say about it. There is no logical reason to bother “debunking” it.

    Some people seem to think that the Zapruder film is some kind of hoax, that it is nothing more than a photographic cartoon. Amazon even sells a book about this very subject, entitled, The Great Zapruder Film Hoax: Deceit and Deception in the Death of JFK.* Imagine that. People will believe anything, especially when the idea involves fanciful conspiratorial thinking amplified by the internet. Conspiracy theorizing used to be an amusing pastime, harmless in impact, with the mainstream media promoting these kinds of ideas for decades. CNN’s Larry King Live television show, is but one example that comes easily to mind.* Daytime talk shows would interview endless streams of guests who would babble on about these kinds of ideas. But that was before Alex Jones inspired the 9/11 Truth movement.** That was before the last decade’s palm-fitting social media revolution. That was before tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting changed everything, transforming conspiracy theorists into truthers.*
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