How Conspiracy Theories Are Dividing Us Even More
I frequently head to the Conspiracy subreddit because I find it entertaining. At least, that was the case until recently. Now I'm not so sure. I'm seeing more and more how conspiracy theories and Internet bulls*** is creating a divide. Of course, you'll hear from the conspiracy nuts that it's the mainstream media and the Democrats that are creating this divide. If you're curious about Q Anon, you need to check out the Q Clearance podcast. It was incredibly well done and will answer almost any question you can have about the radical movement.
There is a recurring theme you'll see though from the conspiracy folks. It's us against them. You have to choose a side. There is no middle ground. Let's completely ignore the fact that Q Anon keeps changing their story because none of the garbage they're spewing has become true. Leading up to the election the rhetoric was "Trump is going to win by a landslide!" Well, he didn't. So that changed to "Biden had to win in order for the plan to work! But there will be mass arrests on inauguration day!" Yeah, that didn't happen either. The new story is "Trump will be named the 19th President of the United States on March 4th!" Chances are that ain't happening either.
One of the consistent themes though is us vs them. "If you don't believe what we believe you are the enemy!" There are a few theories why this is such an easy trap to fall into. CLICK HERE to read up on some of the theories. Something that pops up frequently from conspiracy people is something similar to "There are two types of people in the world. Those that <<insert something similar to "have their eyes open to the controlling elite">> and those that don't." This obviously isn't true because there is middle ground and the world isn't black and white. But that's not how you get people on your side. You have to be divisive and make your point that either you agree 100% or disagree 100%. That's how politics works. You are either on our side or you're the enemy. Trump played that perfectly.
News flash folks. That's not how life works. We don't have to go through life rooting for our team and completely shutting out the other side.