Falling for conspiracy theories on the internet can destroy your life by taking a drastic toll on relationships with family and friends, leaving you isolated and vulnerable to duplicitous “online communities.” The study, “Changing Conspiracy Beliefs through Rationality and Ridiculing,” also noted that, “Conspiracy theory (CT) beliefs can be harmful” (Orosz 2016).
Researchers of this study found that both “rationality speech” and “ridiculing speech” were effective in reducing belief in conspiracy theories among a small sampling of Hungarians (Dolan 2016).
The least effective method of communication, persuasion is “empathetic speech,” emotional appeals have very little influence when it comes to changing the beliefs of a conspiracist: “Rational and ridiculing arguments were effective in reducing CT, whereas empathizing with the targets of CTs had no effect” (Orosz 2016).
At this time, “The Spirit Science” isn’t quite organized enough to be classified as a cult, but their recent fundraising threatens their status as being just a “New Age movement.” Spirit Science’s YouTube videos feature cartoon characters who talk about drugs, peddle conspiracy theories and target anyone who’s gullible enough to overpay for their tawdry merchandise.
The creator of Spirit Science is a Winnipeg native who goes by the names: “Jordan Duchnycz” or “Jordan David Pearce.” As per usual, RationalWiki catalogues it all:
“Sovereign Citizens,” “Freeman on the Land,” and “Kymatica”
The recent killings carried out by the white supremacist, terrorist Jeremy Christian in Portland, Oregon brought national attention to many of the extremists living in the United States.
Despite all of this attention, however, the average person still might not be familiar with the details of some of the other extremist “movements” that continue to operate under the radar in the US, and abroad, year after year.
This blog is going to introduce two similar “pseudolegal” movements known as the “Sovereign Citizens” and the “Freeman on the Land” (FOTL). It will also look at the New-Age film “Kymatica,” which acts as an introductory video to the ideology of these movements.
The only real difference between the sovereign citizen and the FOTL movements is that sovereign citizens are considered by the FBI to be the larger, more dangerous group with an estimated number of 300,000 plus adherents as of 2010 (MacNab 2012).
An Introduction to the Delusion of “Gang-Stalking”
If you’ve spent any time on YouTube, then you’re probably familiar with “compilation videos.” These videos range in subject matter from normal things like popular songs, movies and sports clips to compilations of extreme events such as natural disasters, fights and public “freakouts.”
The motivation for this blog post came after viewing one of the latter types of compilations. It was made up of short cell phone video clips taken of people “freaking out” in public and several of these people appeared to be suffering from some kind of mental disorder.
A topic was highlighted in one of these compilation videos that I’d never come across before. At the end of the video, “Public Freakout Compilation #104,” a woman is recording some drugged-out young adults who are stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire; the woman claims that they are “gang-stalking” her.
It’s obvious that the woman recording the video is unwell and has misinterpreted this group of burn-outs, and their shoddy Kia Sportage, as willing actors in a malevolent plot against her.
Any denial on their part only strengthens her conviction that they are gang-stalking her. The end of the video is anti-climatic as nothing is actually happening and a lot of it is taking place inside of this woman’s head:
Frauds, hoaxes, pseudoscience, fake news, scams, certain “trends” or “movements,” conspiracy theories, and any other BS lurking around on the internet will serve as content fodder for this blog.
It’s no secret that there’s a lot of questionable content on the internet.
Some of this content is there to troll the gullible, some of it’s there because desperate people are willing to mislead others to make a living, but the bulk of it is comprised of the unsubstantiated, uneducated opinion of average individuals.
And that’s all okay, because we learn from our experiences whether they are good or bad. But what’s not okay is loitering in this impressionable state for too long as there are many out there who thrive on taking advantage of the temporary ignorance of others.