Article by Damien Lee Thorr
Copyright (C) 2021
The internet is like the new bible. People read things in the bible and they think it's true even though the bible has been soundly debunked.
People look things up on the internet and believe it is true because it is on the internet.
I hear arguments from vegans about the dangers of consuming meat even though the FDA, doctors, nutritionists and dietitians have found nothing wrong with meat. It is quite flabbergasting to see how they pretend to be experts in nutrition and oncology (saying that meat causes cancer) while not having an education or credentials in the matter. But they read it on the internet so they believe it to be true.
I have encountered people who truly believe that the planet is flat because they read it on the internet. They will make arguments, which at best, lack coherence, but they insist they are right in spite of not having any evidence to support their claim and they ignore the physical evidence that proves unequivocally that the planet is a spherical shape.
There are people who believe humans were placed on the planet by aliens because they read it on the internet, in spite of the scientific evidence that indicates we humans are the product of evolution. And again, They make arguments based on what they read on the internet.
There is a rather large community out there that insist that the Covid 19 virus is a hoax fabricated to control the planet. They even refuse to wear masks to help the spread because they read on the internet that masks don't help. They also think the vaccine contains microchips for the government to monitor them. All because they read it on the internet. It is quite astounding to see them believe that all the doctors, immunologists, pharmacists and journalists have conspired to deceive them.
The most amusing are the people who believe that Trump was robbed of the election. I have had people attack me on my FB with insults because they believe the election results are fraudulent. They read somewhere on the internet that the voting machines were programmed to shift votes for Trump to Biden. Upon examinations of the machines to verify Trump's claim of fraud by several independent forensic scientists who are experts in computer engineering, no sign of voter fraud was detected. Yet, These people, don't trust the results.
The common parallel I have noticed among these individuals is a gross lack of education. They claim to "know" more than the experts in their fields who have credentials while these people have none.
They are overwhelmed with pseudo science and pseudo history and believe the false information they find on the internet without doing proper research. The worst part of this is that they all appear predetermined to reject any information that debunks their beliefs, while their conspiracy theories repudiate our observations which establish the facts through science and research.
So.... opulent with false and misleading information, the internet appears to be the new "bible".... yet, just because someone believes something, it doesn't mean it's true....
Damien Lee Thorr is the composer and lead guitarist for the popular, classically influenced and openly atheist/political activist metal band Predator, has authored many essays and editorials for Asphyxium Zine and written he horror-erotica novel “The Vampire Journals”. Check out Predator’s 2011 full length "Born in Blood" at Youtube and visit their official site at http://www.predatortheband.com/.