An FB friend opined that the conspiracy theory movement has grown along with the Internet. I’m not sure the conspiracy movement has been growing so much as people have found soapboxes. It occurs to me the Internet has provided a venue for people to feel safe expressing thoughts they would otherwise never say out loud or face-to-face.
It’s like we’ve suddenly been given backstage passes into people’s minds and have been forced to share the formerly unexpressed thoughts of anyone with an Internet connection.
It’s scary really. Now we know the empty, vapid, and cruel thoughts behind everyone’s smiles. We can no longer deny just how cluttered and dysfunctional they are.
For that reason, among many, I would never want to be part of a hive-mind. As it is, the signal to noise ratio has driven me to distraction.