These days I feel like I’m literally surrounded by weird improbable conspiracy theories. They seem to be multiplying exponentially on the Internet. Every few days I find out someone I had respected as a critical thinker believes in some of these theories or in portions of these theories. Thank whatever, no one I know seems to believe that aliens are secretly running the world and trying to bring about a one world government, but it’s still disheartening to hear they think our govt. (US) is capable of maintaining a long-term, diabolically oriented conspiracy of domination (or that maybe Obama is allowing or instigating school shootings to create an anti-gun platform).
Has anyone else noticed this increased belief in conspiracy theories among their families or non-skeptical friends? It really saddens me, because of course nothing you can say is likely to change their minds. The absence of evidence is always taken as evidence OF a conspiracy. Anyone have any theories on why we might be seeing this increase right now? Ubiquity of the Internet and social media as a platform for spreading such drivel? Widespread fear caused by the poor economy? What? Is this increasing unwarranted paranoia also occurring in other countries? I’d love to know.