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Are conspiracy theories destroying democracy? bbc

 
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Are conspiracy theories destroying democracy? bbc
The more information we have about what governments and corporations are up to the less we seem to trust them. Will conspiracy theories eventually destroy democracy?

What if I told you I had conclusive proof that the moon landings were faked, but I had been told to keep it under wraps by my BBC bosses acting under orders from the CIA, NSA and MI6. Most of you would think I had finally lost my mind.

But, for some, that scenario - a journalist working for a mainstream media organisation being manipulated by shadowy forces to keep vital information from the public - would seem entirely plausible, or even likely.

We live in a golden age for conspiracy theories. There is a growing assumption that everything we are told by the authorities is wrong, or not quite as it seems. That the truth is being manipulated or obscured by powerful vested interests.

And, in some cases, it is.

'Inside job'
"The reason we have conspiracy theories is that sometimes governments and organisations do conspire," says Observer columnist and academic John Naughton.

It would be wrong to write off all conspiracy theorists as "swivel-eyed loons," with "poor personal hygiene and halitosis," he told a Cambridge University Festival of Ideas debate.

They are not all "crazy". The difficult part, for those of us trying to make sense of a complex world, is working out which parts of the conspiracy theory to keep and which to throw away.


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 Quoting: brassbat


Huh, that makes absolutely no sense.


So they want to outlaw free speech to help maintain secrecy?
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10/28/2013 07:07 PM
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This is like the nth time I see this subject for a thread..

To be honest, conspiracy theories are NOT what is destroying democracy.

What is destroying society is that so many of them is turning out to be true!
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Fuck I hope so.

A Democracy is one of the worst ideologies that have ever existed. It is no better than Fascism nor Communism.

Democracy belongs in the scrap heap of civilization.

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they have a problem with all these kids growing up turning to GLP for news.

rofl5
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10/29/2013 05:31 AM
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rofl5rofl5rofl5

SOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY! They went the full retard on that one!
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10/29/2013 06:27 AM
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ITS TRUTH THATS DESTROYING THE FALSE DEMOCRACY!!!

AND THEY DONT LIKE IT!!

GOOD!!
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ITS TRUTH THATS DESTROYING THE FALSE DEMOCRACY!!!

AND THEY DONT LIKE IT!!

GOOD!!
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most kids barely watch TV. games, YouTube and GLP. its their nightmare
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10/29/2013 06:40 AM

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the democracy where our votes are rigged by Diebold voting machines?

yeah if that conspiracy gets out it'll ruin the party.
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10/29/2013 08:29 AM
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We do not live in a democracy.

A few years ago in the paper someone suggested we were living in an oligarchy.

I thought idiocracy more like.

In ancient Athens they lived in a democracy. Only males voted. Women and slaves could not. When there was a choice to be made those who had a vote had to vote and were obliged to go to the senate to do so. Anyone who tried to opt out was hounded into the building by slaves who had a rope with red dye on it which would destroy the persons clothes.

In the West we are at a point where we could all vote electronically for everything. All we would have to ensure was that the computer system could not be corrupted. What we would end up like is uncertain, and is dependent on who would be included in the vote and whether it was compulsory and whether people took it seriously.

I expect some things like capital punishment would get voted in even though it is not politically correct at the moment.

At the moment the BBC is in a terrible state which it has not got out of yet Their moral compass is way off. The new 9pm programmes are stomach churningly violent and it is not a good idea to mock mythical figures and pervert ancient stories in programmes for young adults . For all we know they could be more real than anyone thinks and claim vengeance for the insults to their story. Thunderbolts are scary .As for the abuses of children and women what can be said. I do not want to find my licence fee has been used for such disgusting things and I should like to hear that ways of never letting this happen again have been introduced

The BBC is bit like the national health with too much management feeding off the licence fee / government money. I do not understand why government run organisations cannot be run as a proper business with the profits returning to we the people rather than share holders. In the sense of lower licence fee and better treatment in hospital or the GPs say. I wonder if it would be better to take advice from the man who grew Tesco and is now retired and other successful business men.

Why the BBC has to massage the news and fake visual news items I do not know . They have a short term memory problem and also repeat things too often. I have thought before the organisation has Altzhemers, this accompanied by arrogance could be deadly .Personally I do not want to see the BBC or the NHS destroyed but have a complete make over to be fit for this new centuary.

I do not think privatisation is the answer. Look at the stupid mess the electric companies and rail companies have become. The first steals peoples' monies if they change providers. I had to phone to find out the state of my account as I was in credit and it is impossible to work out which is the best one to use .This competition surely costs more than before and they seem to have fixed their rates between themselves. The second seems unable to provide enough space for people to sit. The tickets are very expensive .Ours has multiple tickets which are confusing and has introduced security gates and barriers which are not needed and inconvenient while still not repairing the pond like puddles which appear in the car park after rain.

Yes we are entering the age of idiocracy most definitely .

I must stop .Please excuse the rant
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One thing certain; democracy destroyed the republic.
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It's always best to have somebody questioning you. It makes you think, justify, rectify, explain yourself and reason.

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