If anyone reading this subscribes to the "Covid is a hoax" theory you have either been completely duped by radical right wing media outlets or, God help you, you're just not very bright. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and just assume you've been duped. Covid kicked the ever-loving shit out of both of my co-hosts. We rescheduled this recording three times just to give them slightly more time to recover. It probably helped but they were still miserable during this recording. I give them props for sure. Normally I use these blogs to make fun of them. This time, I give them both kudos. The lesson? Don't get Covid. It's a sunuvabitch.
Most of us know we are being fed propaganda by the barrel full. It's nothing new. From newspapers and radio to news reels before movies back in the day, the methods for serving us bullshit on a platter have been around for centuries. What is new is the sheer volume of the crap we are getting. Social media outlets, Google, Apple, and our devices themselves are feeding us information to further whatever beliefs or feelings we already have, cementing the divide that plagues America. It also throws fuel on the hate fire and gives radicals on both sides more ammo. Why are we so susceptible to this form of coercion and how can some people be lured into batshit crazy conspiracy theories this way?
Turns out, according to John, it's our stupid brains. We learned all about cognitive biases and I, for one, don't like it one bit. I couldn't help but come away wondering if I have been tricked into believing falsehoods just as crazy as that lunatic Congresswoman from Georgia who believes that Jewish people have a laser in the sky to start forest fires with. Just typing that makes me sad for the state of this country. And, let's be honest, no one is crazier than that psycho. But it is definitely concerning to know that our biology is part of the reason that this shit works so well.
I still remember MySpace. I used to play in rock bands and it was an awesome way to promote your music and keep in touch with people. Then it got creepy and weird and everyone left. I resisted Facebook for a long time. Then I got sucked in. And that too got creepy and weird but few left. It's claws were in us and we were powerless to resist. And look at us now...being told what to think and buy in more ways than ever. What chance do we have to come together as a nation when the odds are so stacked against us? And it's certainly not just a problem in the US. The whole world is being manipulated this way. Honestly, the only way we can beat them is if we stop paying attention. If we all ditch the social media accounts and demand honesty and integrity from these platforms then maybe...just maybe we can win. There are 2.8 billion active users on Facebook alone. All we have to do is convince them to cancel their accounts. Along with the 330 million Twitter users and the one billion Instagram users and...
Fuck it. I'll just drink instead.
- Kevin Rosenquist