Friday, March 15, 2013

The Perception Problem

I had this clock as a kid, was amazing.
The X would light up in the dark!
Apparently David Icke was on TV this morning (quite literally) talking about some of his theories and beliefs. It got me thinking how the world of uncovering the truth suffers from a very similar problem to that of politicians, and how a change could help them to get their ideas out there.

I'll state up front, I'm interested in understanding multiple viewpoints of the world, but I am certainly not what you'd describe as 'into' this kind of political and social movement in any significant way. I just follow the odd link or recommendation from friends.

I dislike using it as a catch all given it's nudged push into being a scare term, but I'll use the term 'conspiracy theories' for ease of writing. (I was called a Conspiracy Theorist once simply for stating I didn't believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction!)

Have you ever visited sites of conspiracy theorists? They are invariably awful. David Icke's site looks like a slightly drunk designer sat down after watching 3 hours of the X-Files and went heavy on the green. In 1998.

They (I.e.: Most I have seen) look like the sites of people who are sat at home in their underwear trawling for data, they don't look like professional news sites, or even journalistic. The average person would see them and instantly be skeptical about the quality of content.

Neo. You are our only hope.
Similarly the sites and videos that instantly get off on the wrong foot by having titles such as "THE TRUTH!", and "DON'T BELIEVE THE MEDIA, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED!" You may as well have a big flashing button that says "I sound like a nut job, don't take this seriously!!" Talk like an intelligent and informed person and people will start to listen much more carefully to your ideas.

I dislike too the way that some try to goad people and insult them into a response. Telling people they are ignorant for not knowing a fact printed on a badly designed theorist website seen by 0.001% of the internet is hardly likely to create the next generation of informed political and social investigators. Don't tell people they are sheep, tell them about the amazing and juicy gossip and rumours they are missing out on. Don't criticize celebrity culture as being the proverbial antichrist, try and get the intelligent parts of it to get involved and help share the desire not to accept everything you see at face value.

The problem is that the vast majority of 'conspiracy theorists and sites' only ever do the job of talking to the converted. They attract those of a similar investigative mindset, but put off the ordinary people who might actually be interested in learning some new facts or alternate ideas on the world. I think being shunned by some sections of the public drives many to talk more and more to those who already share their ideals. But even when these ideas are wrong, it's still a good thing to promote reading between the lines and having a more informed society. Too many start only talking in theories, and mix those based on facts or named sources and move to the kind of ethereal, coincidence filled and spiritual concepts that the average person will never find attractive in a million years. Even if David Icke did a piece that was entirely true and full of well researched facts, most people would never believe it because of his insistence on also talking about wildly unusual theoretical ideas.

David Icke with less green.
I read one piece last week that just poured vitriol at it's targets, aimed at those who already believe the viewpoint it expressed. The vitriol completely got in the way of the actual story, which had a couple of interesting ideas. Just like Prime Ministers question time, it descends into name calling and anger, which completely destroys the majority of actual progress. I cannot imagine many outside the theorist circle ever getting past the third or fourth paragraph. If you want people to listen to ideas and facts on such important topics, then write like a journalist, not an angry baby throwing toys out of a pram.

If you aren't going to write like a journalist, then at least try and engage people and inspire them to find out more. As dodgy as the charity eventually sounded, look at pieces like the Invisible Children work from last year. It talked in an inspirational way, and in a matter of weeks took a little known issue and made it major news around the world.

We wouldn't stand for ads that talk the way most conspiracy sites do. Maybe if they start learning a few marketing lessons they might find a lot more people interested in what they have to say.

2 comments:

Charles Frith said...

Icke has fulfilled his role on this planet. I don't think his tone is helpful but he did "out" the global VIP paedophile network so I don't knock him but I do urge responsible adults to widen their view and listen to Cathy O'Brien, Kay Griggs and The Franklin Scandal Material with respect to the magnitude of his courage. It's only polite.

Icke was confirmed in Vice magazine as also correct on economic usury just two days ago. Read this.

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/hugo-chavez-and-the-global-poverty-conspiracy

Last of all if you like being spoken to nicely why don't you listen to the grown up stuff like Neil Kramer. He's from Oop North and I thought of you at least four times while listening to it twice. Let me know how you get on with the article and the interview. It's huge and addresses the issues that I see as of infinite value to you.

http://neilkramer.com/kramer-and-kavassilas-shoot-the-woo.html

Charles Frith said...

Icke has fulfilled his role on this planet. I don't think his tone is helpful but he did "out" the global VIP paedophile network so I don't knock him but I do urge responsible adults to widen their view and listen to Cathy O'Brien, Kay Griggs and The Franklin Scandal Material with respect to the magnitude of his courage. It's only polite.

Icke was confirmed in Vice magazine as also correct on economic usury just two days ago. Read this.

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/hugo-chavez-and-the-global-poverty-conspiracy

Last of all if you like being spoken to nicely why don't you listen to the grown up stuff like Neil Kramer. He's from Oop North and I thought of you at least four times while listening to it twice. Let me know how you get on with the article and the interview. It's huge and addresses the issues that I see as of infinite value to you.

http://neilkramer.com/kramer-and-kavassilas-shoot-the-woo.html