Now whilst I’m not a fan of the Ellen DeGeneres show, I am a fan of Rob Lowe which is probably why whilst channel surfing last night I left this particular episode on. Trying my hardest to ignore the audience and Ellen, I couldn’t quite help but notice a very forced conversation surrounding conspiracy theories. Whilst discussing Rob Lowe’s new movie, “Killing Kennedy”, National Geographic’s new documentary covering the assassination of JFK, a somewhat awkwardly drafted dialogue began to transpire in which it was discovered that Rob Lowe use to be a big supporter of conspiracy theories:
I was completely obsessed. I read every book. I even had some of the famous conspiracy authors come and sort of speak to my group of people.
It all sounded very vague. Who are ‘your people’? You are an actor; do you mean your fans? Did you have a cult following for which you arranged lectures and talks for? Just who are these people, and what does ‘every book’ refer to? Are you inferring that every single piece of alternative news that differs from the mainstream portrayal is debunkt and to be thrown in the crazy pile? Being the gracious person Rob is, he doesn’t just leave us there wanting for more, instead he presses on with outlining his 2 main reasons for him no longer paying attention to conspiracy theories:
Its impossible to keep secrets.
The fact that the society looks down on anyone who lets the cat out of the bag, or lets on to a secret makes this statement either incredibly naïve or a push towards another propaganda filled agenda. Firstly, from an early age you are taught the ‘secret’ of Santa Clause, the East Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Anyone spoiling that fantasy too soon is scorned. Secondly, the government makes a very strong point of punishing anyone who lets out secrets. Just ask Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. The ex NSA and CIA Chief Michael Hayden even ‘joked’ about putting Edward Snowden on a hit list for letting out secrets. Then there is Julian Assange who has to spend his life living out of consulates and confined to the few countries that are indifferent to America. Talk about making an example out of those secret party poopers. Thirdly, if you Rob, could let me know what’s discussed at the Bilderberg Convention, I’m all ears. Furthermore governments and corporations have huge budgets set aside for ‘spin-doctors’ whose main priority is to cover up secrets, provide smoke screens and pave roads that lead people into ‘information’ cul-de-sacs away from secrets and the truth. If anything Rob, secrets are very big business.
Its more comforting to think that there is always some grand larger force at work and that it couldn’t be just one guy, one idiot that could ever possibly wreak this kind of havoc, because that’s scary to think about…its almost more comfortable to think well its gotta be a big plan.
Not sure about you Rob, but personally I think a big premeditated plan by a larger more controlling and powerful group is a lot scarier than one isolated incident involving a nutjob. In fact I think you will find society as a whole does to. The judicial system looks with more concern on premeditation and intent, than it does manslaughter. The Defense force is more concerned with terrorism as a movement as opposed to individual perpetrators. The war on drugs looks with more concern on the distributors and producers as opposed to the peddlers on the street. As with all of the above, it’s the supply of this ideology that will perpetuate the evil, not the poster boys themselves. It is a commonly acknowledged fact that removing a ‘leader’ only opens the role to more dangerous individuals, as long as the pool to choose from still exists. What seems to be generally preached regarding conspiracy theories is that if it feeds into an ideology that isn’t shared by the mainstream, the theory is lumped into the ‘How I gave birth to my Alien baby’ type story basket, making them seem ludicrous and certifiable. Unless we remain vigil and never stop questioning, we as a people leave ourselves open to manipulation and control. It is for this reason that conspiracy theories serve a healthy role in our society, if for no other reason than to strike a much needed balance amongst a controlling media and corporate culture. To quote Jesse Walker, author of The United States of Paranoia,
What my book is trying to do is go beyond just accepting or debunking a conspiracy theory and see what we can learn about America by exploring the stories that caught on. We’re trying to piece it together from such incomplete evidence that there’s always going to be question marks.
If there is no transparency from government and corporations; if people in positions of power continue to spin information and cover up corruption; if leaked emails continue to reveal underhandedness and deceit by those charged with leading us, then conspiracy theorists will continually seek to balance this, after all, somewhere in the middle must lie the truth.