First off, don't get me wrong, it's incredibly frustrating that anyone promotes bullshit. Some are scam artists (which I do actually blame), but some are well-meaning people that simply believe what they are promoting. They live on the internet. These are the youtubers, bloggers, and vloggers that spend most of their day on the internet. Eventually you get sucked in to a vortex of something. Sometimes it's a vortex of bullshit. When you submerge yourself in a certain reality long enough, you start to forget that your "reality" is really just your perspective.
*side note: everyone should watch Paranoia Agent. Yes that side note is relative to this subject*
Who are some of these people? One is Lacie Green. Lacie Green is a veteran vlogger on youtube that started off doing a series of videos called "sexplus" or whatever. I vaguely remember coming across her videos many, many years ago. This is way before youtube was a "thing" and more of a "mainstream" form of entertainment. She now is a frontrunner for the Anutter Sorecuntshun's special flavor of feminism. She also promotes some anti-gmo bullshit. While both these things are chok-full of fallacy and it is VERY frustrating to have spread by anyone, let alone someone that has a big following like her, I understand how she could shift towards that vortex of shit. Like I said. She lives on the internet. Anyone that has been on the internet has noticed... You click one thing, then it turns in to another thing, and another thing... youtube and search browser algorithms make sure that when you click something, something of some relevance is right there, ready to be clicked and looked at. She is just one example. There are so many more. Even Thunderf00t, as much as I like him, he seems to have fallen in to a different vortex of shit. The second he started bashing Anutter Sorecuntshun, he seems to have been lost in that vortex. Reality is, Anutter doesn't have THAT much of a presence. Talking about her, even negatively and pointing out that EVERYTHING she says is fallacious... gives her more and more power. The more you talk about it, the more it shows up. If you don't talk about that "thing" it goes away. As in life, but even more so and more potently on the internet. But Lacie Green now lives in a "reality" that women are being overly oppressed and "objectified". And Thunderf00t lives in a "reality" that Anutter Sorecuntshun has more relevance than she actually does.
Related videos. Related links. You click one cat video, then there is another video of Lil Bub and maybe a video of a baby raccoon, then you click one of those and it's a video of a puppy. That... is the vortex of shit. It is so easy to be sucked in and almost just as easy to lose what reality is. If you have a facebook account, no matter what is on your news feed, it could be about anything. The cookies on your browser and the algorithms in facebook makes sure that, going by the people you are friends with and the pages/people you follow, you will see 3+ related videos right under it. Someone shared a link about a vaccines causing autism? Right under it, there will be a video about something similar, a link saying that vaccines have too many toxins, and another link saying the same thing. It creates an unnatural sense of relevance and validity from how much content is supporting the "facts.
I know a bunch of you don't like Bill Maher, but what he says here is on point. The truth is dead. The internet killed it.
People sharing these things are not *necessarily* dumb. They are smart, but mislead. James Randi made a good point with (and I'm paraphrasing, but) "Smart people are sometimes easier to fool"