The conspiracy theory pandemic is a massive species-level problem, as if we needed another one. I’m surprised I don’t see this covered more urgently by trustworthy media.
@pettter naming specific plays into the hands of the anti-mainstream-media conspiracists, but how about “reporters at established media organisations with a track record of accuracy and integrity”.
@Floppy Being specific plays into vague conspiracy theories? I don't agree.
Also, to be clear, there have been a bunch of folks potentially matching that description who have looked into conspiracism. "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" comes to mind, and that was published in 1964. Also various essays and books on fascism.
As for a more global look, the main thing to remember is that it is primarily (not exclusively) an American phenomenon on export, as young earth creationism etc. is.
@Floppy Personally, I think the solution is to spread more knowledge about structural factors and capitalism, but that is, lets say, highly discouraged by many who both benefit and hold power in the current system.
Identifying a few problems and misattributing the cause (and inventing new problems from whole cloth) is part and parcel of conspiracist thinking.
@pettter I agree, but if I mentioned, say, the BBC, my mentions might devolve into “the BBC is biased” from both directions.
There is a lot out there to find, yes, but not mass audience reporting. My mum knows nothing about this stuff, for instance. And while it’s worse in the US, it’s certainly happening all over. COVID denial is strong all over the world, helped on by a number of misinformation pushers.
I kind of agree, but I'm a bit conflicted. I don't want my news source to be trying to change my mind. I want them to try and inform me (this is why I pay for my news, it keeps the motivations more clear).
So although I don't mind news involving the conspiracists, I would prefer if it stayed firmly on the side of reporting it in the context of news. Which is pretty much what they do now. Maybe they could do it a bit more, kind of matching the climate crisis reporting.
@uglyhack yeah I think that’s what I mean. Reporting on the impact of the problem, exactly along the lines of climate crisis as you say.
Open social media for the UK