The end of the world is coming! Well, probably not, but if you own a TV or a computer, then I’m sure you have noticed this message repeated over and over again.
Conspiracies seem to be everywhere; even the blackout at the Super Bowl has been blamed on everyone from CBS to the Illuminati. This endless exploration of conspiracies and secret organizations was once confined to fringe websites like Infowars; however, over the past couple of years it has spread even to the organizations we once trusted for evenhanded and well researched information.
While it’s understandable why these conspiracy theories pop up in Hollywood thrillers and You Tube videos, when even trusted organizations drink the Kool-Aid it’s easy to see why so many people fear the government is secretly out to get them. “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded”, “America’s Book of Secrets”, “Doomsday Preppers”, “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura”, from the History Channel to the National Geographic Channel, paranoia and fantasy have taken over. Recently, the History Channel actually cited Alex Jones as a source, and this is a man who believes Prozac is designed to make its users commit mass murder and 9/11 was a plot hatched by the Bush administration. All across television and the internet it seems that information has taken a backseat to ratings, even on the channels and websites from which we expect more. All of this coverage only serves to legitimize beliefs that are completely devoid of any factual evidence or sound argument.