To the best of my knowledge it was originally coined to denigrate people who were asking, and continue to ask, questions about the ‘Official Narrative’ of the bombings in London almost two years ago.
But it could just as equally have been applied to people asking questions about lots of other things that are going on in the world right now.
All of the Conspiraloons™ I have encountered in the context of 7/7 issues share one thing in common. A fundamental mistrust of government and other power structures.
That’s all that it takes to join the club
And most of us can go toe to toe with anyone who disagrees with that mistrust and we can cite a whole litany of well-documented reasons why we believe that our mistrust is well-founded
Which is presumably why people who disagree with our point of view prefer to confuse the issue by behaving like children and chucking names around
Which is why a couple of us have started to refer to ourselves as Conspiraloons™. It is our way of saying…
“OK, now we’ve got the insults out of the way, do you actually have anything else to back up your position or challenge mine?”
This is most certainly not about trivialising serious issues that very often involve unpleasant things happening to ordinary people.
Nor am I denying that there are legions of people peddling conspiratorial nonsense via the Internet – some are misinformed, some are disinformed and others know full well what they are doing. However, most of them are easy to spot - tosh about UFOs is normally a dead give-away for starters, people claiming to have definitive answers from shadowy sources another. Besides, why should the Internet be different to any other form of communication? Books, newspapers, movies and TV shows were peddling crap long before the Net existed and those people gifted with more than half a brain cell learn soon enough to develop the critical faculties to distinguish between sense and nonsense.
The practice of labeling anyone who has a counter point of view to mainstream accounts of events as a 'conspiracy theorist' in lieu of debate or reason is becoming increasingly over-used and tired.
The most recent example I can think of is yesterday’s press conference in Moscow, when a man accused of poisoning a Russian exile in London declared that MI6 was involved. The mainstream media in the UK has been scornful and described the claim, initially anyway, as being, yes, a ‘conspiracy theory’ and as 'stretching credibility'.
MI6 is the UK’s external intelligence agency and Russia is an increasingly important supplier of energy to the UK. Now, call me old fashioned, but if MI6 isn’t recruiting Russians to be intelligence agents what the hell is it doing?
Asking that question is not the same thing as asserting that MI6 was involved in the poisoning in some way, but to deny the possibility on the basis that some people with a stake in the system have labelled it a ‘conspiracy theory’ is both ridiculous and insulting.
Fuck them. Fuck them all
/ rant ends