I consider myself to be a pragmatic conspiracy theorist. That means I disregard the vast majority of theories that have emerged in recent years. Pizzagate was as fake as the notion Ted Cruz’s father helped kill John F. Kennedy. Paul McCartney didn’t die in 1966. Elvis died just as the stories claim.
These false conspiracy theories are a major thorn in my side because there really are conspiracies that need to be uncovered. I’m not a fan of Edward Snowden, but I have to acknowledge the conspiracies he revealed were conspiracies I believed in before his revelations. How he handled it was risky, but it’s done and now we know part of the truth. But for every Edward Snowden, there’s an attention-seeking fool who thinks Dick Cheney was a lizard alien who orchestrated 9/11 so he could implement the Patriot Act.
There is a necessary place for conspiracy theories in American society. Conspiracies abound and must be uncovered by journalists, politicians, law enforcement, and yes, conspiracy theorists. This last group needs to learn to handle itself with more care and stop grasping for YouTube views by propagating obvious falsehoods.
YouTube recently took steps to fight dangerous conspiracy theories like flat earth theory and magical medical cures. They included 9/11 truthers in their purge, and while the vast majority of 9/11 conspiracy theories were false, there are still questions surrounding the terrorist attacks that need attention. I don’t blame YouTube for their policy. It’s their platform so they can do as they feel fit. I do, however, blame conspiracy theorists who go for the most outrageous concepts in an attempt to promote their own brands.
They’re the reason for censorship.
There are real conspiracies that we must uncover. This is why I get so annoyed with the outrageous conspiracy theorists. They do more harm to the cause of exposing real conspiracies than anything the government or content providers could ever do through censorship. They force those of us seeking truth to operate under unnecessary scrutiny, fighting against algorithms that isolate us as much as they can even when what we’re discussing is truthful.
America needs a better class of conspiracy theorists, one that is skeptical of most theories but willing to explore the topics that seem to be credible. As long as we’re worried about chemicals in the water turning frogs gay, we won’t see the real dangers.
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