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The lasting trauma of Alex Jones’s lies

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  1. [4]
    Zaren
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    That last paragraph really got me. I had heard about Alex Jones and how popular he is becoming now, but I never really took in the bigger picture. People want to be lied to. I always thought...

    Arguments that participate, in that, in a somber metaphor for a time in which journalists are mocked as liars and threatened as the enemies of the people, and in which expertise is dismissed as elitism, and in which truth has been allowed to be treated not as the only thing that matters, but rather as a choice—an option that is often, being all fact and no heart, an imposition.

    That last paragraph really got me. I had heard about Alex Jones and how popular he is becoming now, but I never really took in the bigger picture. People want to be lied to. I always thought politics was something where this thinking wouldn't have surfaced. Just like Jones, Trump really saw a business opportunity in the mental state of the American people.

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    1. [3]
      dubteedub
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      Alex Jones, Qanon, Pizzagate, all the people claiming school shooting hoaxes. It is really insane how so many Americans are really living in an alternate reality. Their world and beliefs do not...

      Alex Jones, Qanon, Pizzagate, all the people claiming school shooting hoaxes. It is really insane how so many Americans are really living in an alternate reality. Their world and beliefs do not rely on facts, but feelings and "connections" and youtube personalities.

      I don't know how to reach these people, or even if it is worth the effort to do so. How do you change someones mind that believes in a globalist faction controlling the world? How do you stop someone who disregards any media source that isnt breitbart or infowars or conspiracy twitter?

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      1. Zaren
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        That's the thing. They feel the same frustration that we do, because they think they are being completely sincere. At the root of all of their crazy beliefs (I'm talking about the audiences, not...

        That's the thing. They feel the same frustration that we do, because they think they are being completely sincere. At the root of all of their crazy beliefs (I'm talking about the audiences, not the Jones's of America), there is positive emotion, like protection and love. It's just that all of it comes out in the worst way.

        I am not trying to sympathize with them. Nor am I trying to excuse their horrible actions. I don't even know how to treat the people who wholeheartedly believe in Qanon and Jones. I just wish I could know how exactly their minds were so corrupted.

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      2. super_james
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        If you share a democratic country with them the attempt seems worthwhile if only so you don't have to live under their politicians. No clue as to means though and perhaps it's better to just get...

        I don't know how to reach these people, or even if it is worth the effort to do so

        If you share a democratic country with them the attempt seems worthwhile if only so you don't have to live under their politicians. No clue as to means though and perhaps it's better to just get all the sane non-voters to turn up.

        3 votes