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Of manipulation and trust

Late last night, in a moment of reflection, I noted the following: ''People are trying to manipulate us so you can't trust anyone - least of all people who claim we're all being manipulated!'' I have been thinking about conspiracism quite a bit recently; it seems to be becoming more and more popular. Fed up with what they see as the mainstream, people turn to alternative sources of information. I suppose that is understandable - after all, as resources grow ever more scarce, the mainstream just feeds us the same old crap without offering any solutions to their day-to-day problems.

The thing is, these alternative sources of info, often online, seem to ensnare people: they tell people stories, giving people hope yet often creating scapegoats. They weave elaborate webs, telling tales of who did what to whom, which sound convincing and authoritative, but for which they produce very little evidence. They tell listeners that the mainstream, controlled by their scapegoat of choice, is trying to manipulate them so they should heed only the so-called alternatives. This gives listeners a sense of power and privilege, as if they are gaining information few others are privy to.

Once ensnared, however, listeners are fed what essentially boils down to a diet of unjustified hatred. We all know that, on the internet, people can give vent to whatever prejudices they have - some merely hide them under a guise of conspiracism, taking people's sense of injustice at what is happening in the world and turning it against whatever group they wish. Once they have people's ear, they have power over them; they are trapped by the lies and stories, feeling powerful while being manipulated.

It is indeed foolish to trust anyone; everyone is being manipulated. But the people who point that out are often the most manipulative people of them all. With that in mind, do you still trust me?

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