Things have gotten so crazy and divisive lately that it’s now increasingly obvious that people are living in alternate realities. Our filter bubbles have become so completely isolating that they are impervious to commonly understood baseline facts such as science and reason. Some examples:
- Facebook is using your phone to listen to your conversations.
- The Illuminati set up the Las Vegas shooting as a blood sacrifice
- Wikipedia has a whole page on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 theories
And today Vox has a terrifying piece which imagines a world where even a well-documented case of malfeasance by the current administration might be rejected out of hand by a misinformed and untrusting public.
That insular partisan far-right media is also full of nonsense like Pizzagate that leaves the base continuously pumped up — outraged, infuriated, terrified, and misled. At this point, as the stories above show, the conservative base will believe anything. And they are pissed about all of it.
At least the stock market is still breaking new records. I shudder to think what will happen if the economy takes a turn for the worse.