Friday, July 17, 2009

Conspiracy Theories

NASA admits they lost the video of the first lunar landing. And NASA isn't worried that using a Hollywood-based company to recreate the tapes might fuel the fire of conspiracy theorists who believe the entire lunar program that landed people on the moon six times between 1969 and 1972 was staged on a movie set or secret military base. Might? Well, of course it will. Any fact or coincidence that can be stretched to fit into a conspiracy theory will fuel it.

I thought it would be fun to recall some of the great conspiracy theories of my lifetime.

Pearl Harbor
The Kennedy Assassination
The Lunar Landing
Alien Abductions and Encounters of all kinds, including Venusian infiltrators
9/11, particularly the attack on the Pentagon

It seems to me that all of these conspiracy theories have an element in common. Mistrust of government. They are, essentially, anti-government myths, spawned by people who oppose the administration in power or government in general.


Tom Manoff said...

All fine and good. But could we start a new one? Something artful?

Miguel de los Sueños Jones said...

World Fast Food Conspiracy: Potent chemicals are being added to fast food to:
1. Convince the consumers that the food tastes good.
2. Make them susceptible to believe what they hear on radio and television.
3. Create a general torpor in the population regarding politics.
4. Increase general interest in Eva Longoria.

Tom Manoff said...

What a low creature I am. I often discuss the better fare at Arbys than at any other fast -food place. Then there's the high rating for Taco Bell over Taco Time.

I once did a commercial for Taco Time. The account exec came to the studio for the mix and put reverb on the kick (bass drum). No wonder they can't make a decent taco.

I'm a low creature when it comes to eats.

Miguel de los Sueños Jones said...

A friend of mine was the writer, director, and star of the 'Bob the Head' series of commercials for some southeastern US fast food chain. In any truly nefarious conspiracy, we all are complicit in some degree.