Is it just me, or are conspiracy theories trending right now?

I'm using instagram to browse the discover feed mindlessly sometimes. I know, it's stupid, but I'm bored.

At some point a short video about conspiracy showed up, so I hang in there and watched it.

After mindlessly scrolling through the feed, more and more conspiracy stuff started showing up.

Also, a few days before, the coridor crew on YT uploaded a vlog how they made a fake video go viral.

And then there's the fuzz about the whistleblower, etc... resulting in many other YT videos referencing aliens, etc.

FWIW, I'm not actively searching for conspiracy topics, etc... it's just that I've noticed a trend rising up, and I can't be the only one, can I ?!

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Bishma,
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I’m growing convinced the media is trying to distract us from

  • labor strikes
  • that we just had the hottest 3 days in the last 150,000 years
  • that the Atlantic is record hot and we’re entering hurricane season
  • that Antarctica isn’t replenishing ice at what should be the peak of it’s winter
  • that a new gis report suggests the Pacific Northwest won’t have any sand beaches by the year 2100
  • that there’s a mass coral die off underway
  • or that we’ve got new records for the amount of greenhouse gases released

It’s been a bad news summer for people who hope to have a future

EpsilonVonVehron,
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I’m growing convinced the media is trying to distract us from…

Your theory on these conspiracy theories are that it’s a conspiracy?

Bishma,
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I intended to put that in the post. Except that a conspiracy suggests organization. I think this is just a bunch of groups (not just the media) throwing a bunch of Hail Marys every time a new catastrophic thing comes up that threatens their particular self interests. The rate of catastrophic things / reports is just so fast that it looks like a coordinated effort.

EpsilonVonVehron,
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Yea that makes more sense. The mass media isn’t that organised worldwide but possibly independently boosting hot topic stories like UFOs. Unfortunately I don’t think everybody sees beyond the clickbaity headlines, YouTube video comments are full of things like, “ so the US gov is admitting to aliens being real now?”.

adonis,
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https://youtu.be/cXlxMP9PU8I

Another example, Fireship that has absolutely nothing to do with conspiracy theories, themed this video with alien-fuzz.

michael,

Yeah the internet has driven everybody crazy. Large addictive platforms that feed you more of what you interact with, putting you in a “bubble”, seem to be the root cause.

xc2215x,

Yeah. There are more of them now.

Yepthatsme,

Yea it’s basically criminals lying to distract dummies. It works well. The dude in North Carolina that puts out all the deep state shit is a convicted pedophile from NJ.

This Place Sucks on HBO is a good movie that exposes some of the bs spread by conspiretards.

Yepthatsme,

Yea it’s basically criminals lying to distract dummies. It works well. The dude in North Carolina that puts out all the deep state shit is a convicted pedophile from NJ.

This Place Sucks on HBO is a good movie that exposes some of the bs spread by conspiretards.

Sanctus,
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I want aliens to exist and be here as much as the next guy but this has all been suspicious to me. Especially with Matt Gaetz supporting letters pushing it.

DarkThoughts,

YT, Instagram, FB etc. all use personalized algorithms. If they think you're into conspiracy bullshit, then they will drown you in conspiracy bullshit. The more you browser it, the more they'll suggest it to you. You're just feeding the algorithm and the algorithm feeds you back.

HubertManne,
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I think its just the internet bringing together all these folks with time on their hands and are not right in the head. My go to description was the guy talking to himself at the 7/11 (make more sense for folks that experienced the world 1990's and before). Pretty much since the 9/11 one its just been one after another. And guess what!? Since about 2000 I hardly ever see the guys at the 7/11 (or gas station convenience store of choice) talking to themselves.

bron,

I'd argue conspiracies have always been trending for more than a few years now, it's just they've reached mainstream now. If you're in the US they have definitely been a major part of the political culture here and is one of the reasons there is so much distrust in any authority. Sad to see though.

realcaseyrollins,

People love conspiracy theories though, both on the fringes of the political spectrum as well as the mainstream. If may be that what you're seeing is a rise in conspiracy theories that you're not familiar with or agree with, or that you're stepping outside of your comfort zone on the internet.

blueskiesoc,

It's not just aliens and conspiracy theories. The last couple of years there's been a jump in astrology too. Years and years of nothing and now it's mainstream again?

WhoRoger,
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People just want aliens… Let them be, I say.

The whole UAP thing, and how it’s been handled since forever, and all the related stuff, that’s not helping things.

By “related stuff” I mean, for example, how the US congress people are after the Pentagon’s budget. My personal conspiracy theory is that their aim isn’t to save taxpayer money, but have a peek into more military projects so they can maybe find something to get a cut on. So it makes sense for them to make a ruckus about potential aliens instead.

See, conspiracy theories are easy to make. And honestly, with military/security/government shit, you truly never know.

IchNichtenLichten,

UAP business aside, I’m glad congress is asking questions. We shouldn’t be paying taxes and then have our money just disappear into a black hole with zero accountability and oversight.

marcos,

I would expect it to be trending because of the US congress session on UFOs last week.

That said, you have no evidence it’s treading at all. You were just victim of the closed data-feed Midas touch, where everybody that touches trash becomes trash. Start blocking things now before you lose your feeds for good.

HobbitFoot,

The funny thing about all this is that it is getting conspiracy people to agree with AOC, which I find hilarious.

The_Mike_Drop,

This too, is a conspiracy…

ivanafterall,
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Ah-ha! So you admit he was right!

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