Originally Posted by Sensi Star
It seems now that the post-internet generation is blooming and maturing, it's going to become increasingly harder for government to sedate and bullshit the minds of these people, and the truth of matters will surface much more easily.
I would argue the opposite to some extent. What I see now that the internet is maturing, is that there is a move by most people to being spoon-fed information. The majority of the population simply can't processes all of the information available to them, so they use sites like twitter or facebook, which give them tiny little snippets of information from the narrow range of sources they went to.
Whilst doing an essay recently, I came across an interesting conspiracy theory. I was given a project on magnetostrictive fuel injectors, which are theoretically much better but haven't been used yet. I came across a story about a company called RODI who was working on a revolutionary engine design 10 years ago, but then mysteriously closed down. The engine was a two stroke diesel using magnetostrictive injectors which was meant to be more efficient than anything else.
A design engineer working for them claimed there was a conspiracy. It was a scam where they designed an engine, made it look like they were ready to start making it, got millions of dollars from investors, and then closed the business. Plausible and probably true.
But then the engineer has a paranoid trip. First she starts claiming the company was involved in drug trafficking. Then she finds out that the owner of the company was at a party with the president and the taliban. Then she claims the company was actually building missiles in secret.
So, whilst most conspiracy theories are built around grains of truth, the people who spot them aren't the best people to investigate it and spread the story.