Conspiracy Theories: Are they for real?

With so many people thinking that conspiracy theories are made-up and based on fantasy- might want to re-think that concept completely. It’s bad enough that there are many of us who visit the internet daily and are often victims of information fraud. Sadly the internet is no more controlled than one is led to believe, and as a result to what they see is often taken as truth. This is where the real definition of conspiracy takes hold. Synonyms for the word ‘Conspiracy’ include “trick” and “game”- which by themselves do not hold the same impact as using conspiracy by itself but are directly linked. As you might already guess, there’s no shortage of tricks and games seen on T.V. and in movies, and they do not exist in those categories exclusively either. Here are some examples that are rarely mentioned and impact our daily lives whether you realized them or not.

The Other Internet...

Aside from the fears of the so-called ‘Darknet’, which is actually the original internet people used to use with computer programs such as ‘Tor’ -which is a web browser software often called “The Onion Browser”. Since then, modern browsers and search engines allow the internet to be a source of information for a couple decades now. Due to the level of trust that people have about the internet, it’s common for internet hoaxes to develop. The reason for these conspiracies is that people upload all the information and media that’s presented. Some of these people will upload their own personal opinions which process that information and further leads to other people believing in it. Recently, the social media has been a breeding ground for conspiracies. Bloggers will do anything to get people's attention to their sites. This leads to social media hoaxes that are far away from being the truth. For instance, when an international calamity happens, the internet is the channel for transmitting all known sources of reliable information. But that information is often false and poorly reported when bloggers twist the info to grab attention for their own deviant purposes.

Why create conspiracies

When Flight 370, a Malaysian plane had disappeared, most bloggers used this opportunity to make their sites popular. They would post anything including information that the plane's box has been retrieved or even that there are survivors. Since the internet was the first source to report the disappearing of the plane, it would be logical to believe everything else it happens to present. Some internet conspiracies will last for a lifetime. This is especially for the dead people, or for incidents that happened a long time ago. For instance, the internet is filled with information on how TuPac Shakur faked his death. But since no one can prove the logicality of the story, it remains part of the belief that many people will think is real generations to come. Some internet hoaxes can have positive results for those involved in that scheme. The main reason is when a posted piece of info could be used for social fame- then becoming part of the conspiracies that ensue. Celebrities in particular, who want to keep trending, mainly use this trick. For instance, you will always get exaggerated amounts of money and wealth that a celebrity has. Recently at the 2016 summer music festival in Budapest, Hungary- singer Rihanna was reportedly paid One-million dollars for a lip-synced show that barely lasted one hour, but it was widely promoted how much she was paid for that concert well in advance! In truth her concert was to run no less than an hour in order to fulfill the commitment of her contract in order to be paid ‘One Million USD’, but clearly her show did not reach that time mark. It was also stated that she asked for that full amount right before the concert started which totally contradicts the time she preformed. This is just one example of how the rumor starts that a performer is worth so much money.

With the internet being a permanent source of information, those who search for reliable truth often need to dig around to find the actual info that is often hard to find. It’s from this aspect that internet hoaxes base their strongholds that are even harder to wade through as a result. When a blog occurs in the social media, it’s exposed to the whole world. Even if you decide to remove that post, a few people who had access in those short minutes or hours will believe that first-hand information which is usually shared with others who also trigger a chain reaction. Further spreading misinformation up the chain until it’s possible that news agencies grab at a breaking story -where it becomes the stuff of hoaxes and conspiracies that are never ending.