It’s easy to run across posts that could generously be called “interesting” on social media, but sometimes, there’s an odd post that just sucks the air out of the room. Many of these are crazy conspiracy theories that leave intelligent people dumbfounded. Never fear; here’s a video that can help deal with most crazy conspiracy theories with just one question.
Whether it’s old standbys like “Everyone should speak English in America”, or recipes for “chemical free” foods and other so-called “life hacks,” I run afoul some really stupid stuff on social media. And while I’ve developed ways of dealing with them over the years — in the case of “chemical free” foods that still include ingredients like vinegar, I post the chemical composition of vinegar; for the “Make English a national Language” posts I’ll respond in Anglisc demanding that they stop speaking Norman French — there are times that I often times can’t readily find a witty retort. In these cases, I’m often left with l’esprit d’escalier and little else.
And the majority of these cases are conspiracy theories whose Overton windows are the Jay Gould of tinfoil on a Black Friday.
Well, no longer: while not foolproof (nothing is foolproof; fools are very ingenious), Sploid has posted a video that can debunk most conspiracy theories with just one question: does this conspiracy theory effect rich people?
Because if it does, guess what?
It’s not 100% effective; global warming denialists can spin this around very easily (they’re still wrong, but a rhetorical Kansas City Shuffle is played with words, not facts). However, for the really stupid ones — the three examples in the video are Chemtrails, the secret cure for cancer, and all the apocalyptic nonsense — it’s a pretty solid debunking tool. It’s also a very amusing video.
You can watch the video below: