To the Editor:
The trouble with conspiracy theories is this: you can’t have more than one.
Let’s say you bought into the first COVID conspiracy theory that came along: China is deliberately infecting the world. Now what are you supposed to do when your Facebook friend contradicts you, saying it’s really Bill Gates and his injectable microchips? Or maybe it was Dr. Fauci, the pharmaceutical companies, or some lab in North Carolina. Not only that, did you know this virus spreads on 5G mobile networks? There is a solution to your conundrum.
You can stick with your story and not lose any of your fellow conspiracy-theory Facebook friends. If your friend says, “You’re wrong. It was Bill Gates,” you shoot back with the “Unified Field Conspiracy Theory.” You say, “You’re right. Thanks to funding by the Bill Gates syringe-size microchip project, Dr. Fauci created his killer coronavirus with funding from the pharmaceutical cabal, perfected it in a lab in North Carolina, and sent it to a Chinese lab in Wuhan via the 5G mobile network. Then the Chinese used the 5G network to infect the world and become the world’s superpower.”
Then, another one of your Facebook friends blows the whole thing out of the water: “There is no virus. It’s a hoax. Your virus theories can’t explain a virus that never was. There’s no China-Fauci-Gates-pharmaceutical-North Carolina-5G conspiracy. It’s all a Democratic hoax to defeat Trump in November.”
What do you click: “like,” “wow,” or “sad”?