When did this start?
For example, I was reading one of the many threads surrounding the election and I noticed someone quoting Trump as having one the last debate in a landline, “according to every poll.” Now, I’m not the most politically savvy person, but by gum, I can read, and that certainly hasn’t seemed to be the consensus of everything I’ve seen. And I understand his supporters will believe him, but that’s really not what I’m asking.
Instead, I suppose, when did a vast majority of folks become so gullible in light of facts? From that to Holocaust deniers to my very own mother, who will swear up and down that something either did or didn’t happen exactly opposite of what can be proven on video, what the hell??
Has it always been like this and it’s just more noticeable these days with 24 hour news cycles and the internet, which allows us to be more in tune with our crazy uncle Albert? Is it due to social media where all the conspiracy theorists can congregate together and congratulate themselves on being smarter than the sheeple? Could Kennedy or Reagan have told a bald-faced lie, have it splashed everywhere as truth, then resoundingly denounced, yet still have over half their party buy it? I’m just flabbergasted that this is a thing.
As my piece of data to the puzzle, I remember when I first experienced this. I was in fifth grade and the teacher had to leave the room. She told us all to be quiet and put our head’s down on our desks. She’d no sooner cleared the door when one particular little boy raised up and screamed his fool head off. We all looked at him like he was insane as she stepped back inside.
Silence befell our group as she demanded we out whoever did that. Dutifully, we pointed to the perpetrator. She then asked him what on earth he was thinking. And he replied, “Nu uh. Wasn’t me!” in front of thirty other witnesses. I was shocked. I mean, if no one had could tell the truth on the kid, I’d get his behavior a lot better. But not a single one of us had any doubt he did it and he knew that too.
So sadly, I haven’t gained much insight in the past almost forty years. Can anyone help me out with who these people are and the psychology behind claiming such things, and then further believing them?