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- Jan 13, 2014
Man the struggle is real. You may be right, but I really think it just seems like there's more stupidity out there because all of a sudden a lot of these folks have a platform. And @lowtek is right, it can happen to anyone. You also have to remember that these things play on our most basic human weaknesses.I'm old enough to remember life before the internet-inspired post-truth era we live in today, and I can quite categorically say that stupid ideas before the internet were just laughed at and killed at birth.
However you're right, there's nothing common about sense
Example: I used to be really into conspiracy theories. That's not to say I trust the government now, but I mean, I was straight up watching Alex Jones all the time in the years right after 9-11. I was that guy that people avoided certain topics with. Anyway, what made me finally snap out of it was someone said something like: "For a lot of people, the idea that a malevolent cabal is pulling the strings and running everything is a lot less scary than facing the chaos of reality. Having a bad person in charge somehow more comforting than trying to cope with the reality that no one is."
I paraphrase, but you get the gist.