Reading Time: 3 minutes On Wednesday morning, before the sun came up in the city of Elberton, the Georgia Guidestones were destroyed in an act of vandalism that was immediately celebrated by fundamentalist Christians who felt a Satanic threat had been destroyed. And if you have no idea what we’re talking about, strap in, because this story is wild. […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Greetings, Shoptalkers! In my last column, “Conspiracy cultivation”, I explored three rhetorical moves that our info silos share with the communities that create fringe theorists. In this week’s “Tooling Around”, let’s hash out ways that we can make the conversation less toxic. By reducing our fixation on authority “from the margins”, we can become better […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes In October 2020, I had to leave Colombia for a week to reset my legal status. I spent that week in a hostel in Panamá. The old Spanish-colonial building, nestled on a hill closer to the stark residences of year-round locals than to the brightly painted walls of the tourist quarter, was musty and run […]
Reading Time: 10 minutes Next to the sheer white-knuckle excitement wingnuts feel at their faux-discoveries, how can charity, kindness, forgiveness, endurance of wrongs, and submission — which are, again, their god’s direct orders — compare? They just can’t.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Christian claims always have a pedigree, if our two current series, Journey Into Hell and 1st-Century Fridays, are anything to go by. I want to know the source of this particular mythology. So today, let’s check out this wingnut’s specific claims — and see, if we can, where she’s getting them and why she cherishes them so much.
Reading Time: 13 minutes Answering more of the anti-vax, anti-mask, pro-COVID falsehoods from the right’s echo chamber.
Reading Time: 13 minutes Following from last week’s post, here are some more anti-vax falsehoods that are spreading on social media, along with their refutations: #7: The media / the government want to scare you! Memes falling into this category assert that the threat of COVID is exaggerated (or completely fictitious) and the powers that be are spreading fear […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes Today, let’s see how wingnuts like Patrice Lewis assess truth claims in the first place. They do it a lot differently from reality-based people.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Today, let’s meet the toxic Christians who consider their loss of dominance to be literally a fate worse than death.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Answering some of the most common falsehoods, half-truths and conspiracies about COVID that run rampant on social media.