This page speculates on the role that conspiracy theorists play in contributing to our state of fear. Even though I do not subscribe to it, some of these theories make you stop and think. Did you see the conspiracy movie starring Dustin Hoffman? Could there be some truth behind the lunar conspiracy?
This confederacy of theorists are individuals who accuse a person, group or organization of having caused or covered up an event or phenomenon of great social, political, or economic impact. These individuals then present an alternative by offering a plausible explanation of the event or phenomenon.
Most of these theories are aimed at creating a state of fear, and most succeed.
The 1997 film, Wag the Dog, tells the story of how a war was fabricated, in order to divert the public’s attention away from a scandalous situation involving the American president.
Robert de Niro plays the role of the public relations individual who is brought in to forestall the negative publicity. He decides to fabricate a war in Albania. In order to create his “war”, a Hollywood film producer, played by Dustin Hoffman, is brought in to construct the deception.
They choose an appropriate theme song to create public interest, they produce “breaking news” footage showing realistically constructed war scenes. They manufacture a hero who gets shot behind enemy lines and even produce a war orphan in order to arouse our feelings of compassion. This fictitious war is presented to the public via the normal television, newspapers and radio channels. So realistic was the deception that everyone was convinced that there was a “full blown war” in Albania.
The people’s attention is successfully diverted from the scandal involving the president and he is elected for a second term. Mission accomplished!
Let us pretend that we were the public to whom this “war” was presented. What would our reaction have been had some individuals claimed that this war was all a fabrication and not real?
We probably would have labelled them as conspiracy theorists.
This is not a commendation for conspiracy theories but to illustrate, how it is possible to manufacture a deception intended to create a state of fear in order to gain control of a situation.
With the technology available to us today, it is possible to create anything and make it look real. Get a few journalists to buy into it and you have breaking news.
So what are some of the hypothesis that have been presented?
There is the lunar conspiracy which claims that the Apollo moon landings were staged in a film studio and that Neil Armstrong never actually walked on the moon.
When it comes to AIDS there are several conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theorists claim that AIDS is a man made disease, created by some secretive agency in the 1970’s to curb the population growth in African developing countries.
Other theories suggest that the HIV virus was created as an experiment in biological and/or psychological warfare and spread to the population by accident.
Predictive programming is a theory which submits that the media produces terrorist attacks with the intention of creating fear, and installing anger in the general population. This ensures that the military has the support of the people when they launch retaliatory attacks on the countries harbouring the “terrorists”.
Related to predictive programming is the allegation by some conspiracy theorists, that certain wars which are claimed by politicians to be in the national interest or for humanitarian purposes, are in fact, motivated by the conquest and control of natural resources for commercial interest.
The documentary entitled “Who Killed the Electric Car?” alleged that electric car technology has been largely suppressed by big oil and gas firms since as far back as 1899.
These are just a few which I selected from Wikipedia’s List of Conspiracy Theories.
Some of these conspiracy theories help to remind us that we should not believe everything that we are told.
What about the futuristic predictions that have been presented by conspiracy theorists?
Even though none of them came to pass, they caught the attention of our amygdala and created a hype second to none.
I am referring to the two recent biggies.
The first was the Y2K bug or Millennium Bug. Do you remember the pandemonium as people rushed to supermarkets to stock up on supplies because, come the 1st of January 2000 everything would come to a stop?
What about the more recent conspiracy that the world was going to come to an end on the 21st of December 2012? This apocalypse conspiracy was based on the interpretation of the Mayan calendar by conspiracy theorists. It caused huge chaos and fear. Many people around the world were convinced that the day of reckoning was upon us.
Those of us living along time zones to the west of GMT were very grateful for Charles Schultz’s announcement on the 20th of December 2012, "Don't worry about the world coming to an end tomorrow. It is already tomorrow in Australia"
Whether you believe in their hypothesis or not, some conspiracy theorists offer a very plausible alternative to what we are being presented by the media as the truth. In the next subsection we will look at types of fears.