So I'm reading through Facebook and occasionally I come across some political things my conservative friends/family like or comment on. You know, like how 45 has created a million bajillion jobs overnight and how good x is because someone says it's a good thing, or the opposite.
You realize that you could simply swap "liberal" for "conservative" and "44" for "45", and make the exact same statement. Well, except said statement only applies to random people on the internet, as opposed to say... the Nobel Peace prize committee. There's cheer leading, which is pretty normal all around, and then there's just plain pie-in-the-sky imagination.
I honestly see a lot more folks on the right being at best cautiously optimistic about Trump. Whereas it seemed like the left more or less fell over themselves to proclaim Obama to be the next best thing to the second coming. Although I'll fully admit the potential for perception bias there. Again though, that applies to you as well.
--and every time I think, "wow, they will believe anything." Then I thought about how fun it might be to just randomly make **** up and put it on a website to see how they react to different things. Then with that I realized they won't actually believe anything. It has to be something that they want to hear.
Again though, there's "stuff made up on some random site on the internet", and then there's "stuff made up on Whitehouse.gov. How many jobs were "created or saved" (how exactly do you measure that anyway?). Seem to recall folks swallowing that hook, line, and sinker. Same deal with "pass cap and trade or we'll all die!". Or frankly, any frantic claim made about how dire some problem was that needed a solution "right now!!!!", and so much so that there's no need to even look at the proposed solution or ask how it might help or even hurt the problem we started with (It's called the "affordable care act", right? Yet, the average household cost for health insurance has increased by $3k/year since it was passed).
There's plenty of cognitive dissonance to go around IMO. I'm not even saying one "side" is worse than another (although I personally do believe this to be true), but just trying to point out that it's not one sided, and maybe you should be just a bit aware of the same thing going on among those who believe as you do as among those who don't.
It doesn't have to be anything positive. I could make up a story about a terrorist attack that never happened, or I could say everything to do with Russia and the current administration is a lie because Democrats and Libtards are mad about losing. --just something that hasn't already been done, and perhaps something with a specific purpose behind it.
It doesn't even have to be a lie. It can just be something completely irrelevant-- like this one thing I keep seeing about how the Democratic party in the year 1825 or something were doing things that resembled the Republicans of today-- therefore Democrats are evil!
Yeah. This has been happening for some time though. There are already a fair number of fake sites and sources that exist solely for the purpose of creating fake stories and hoping the "other side" will pick up on it, push it publicly, and then be made to look foolish when it's revealed to be completely fake. In fact, there was a Clinton supporter who was doing just this during the election (I can't remember the name now, but I posted about this back when). He created some fake copies of supposedly leaked emails from the Clinton camp (specifically Podesta, among others). They were absurd and obvious fakes. He had hoped to catch conservatives passing this off as "real", but what actually happened was that some real emails were leaked, and when that was reported on, some liberal news sites latched onto the faked one, and argued that the whole set of Podesta emails were faked. They had a bit of egg on their face when it was revealed that, yes, this one was a fake, but it was created by one of their own, no one on the right fell for the bait, but the folks on the left did when they needed an obvious fake to try to dismiss the emails.
When it came out that the ones released by Wikileaks actually were real? That was a problem. And yeah, now you know the rest of the story...
Point being that this is already a thing. It's been a thing for some time. It's the same thing that folks tried to do by heading to Tea Party rallies, and waving around signs with hateful and bigoted messages. I can only assume they expected all those evil bigoted conservatives to cheer them and give them secret handshakes or something, and were quite shocked when instead they were told that wasn't what the groups were about and to leave. Of course, this generally didn't stop them from having their friends take pictures of the signs and attempt to pass them off as proof of bigotry among Tea Partiers.
Same deal with the folks showing up at the RNC and passing out Russian flags, so they could get photos of folks waving them. Um... Ok. Contrived, right? Same thing with folks showing up at any GOP or conservative rally and trying to start fights and create violence (cause they're all violent hateful people, right? Should be easy).
The funny thing (and yeah, this is where my own bias is going to play in), is that we on the right don't have to do this. Your "side" manages to wave socialist flags and wear t-shirts with violent terrorists on them without us having to do anything. We don't have to instigate fights at liberal events, they tend to turn into riots all on their own. And we don't have to show up and plant racist hateful messages there. They're already there. So there's that.
I just really want to see how far it can go. It can be anything. Anything at all. I want to come up with something that is so absurd that no one could possibly believe it, and yet they will.
Odds are anything you've thought of has already been done. Be cautious though. Your perception of what conservatives believe and will accept is almost certainly very different from what conservatives actually believe and will accept. You might just find yourself standing around in a crowd of other liberals (or at least anti-conservatives) bouncing the "hateful/absurd" messages back and forth at each other, all pretending to accept the others silliness, in the pursuit of supporting a narrative, meanwhile all the actual conservatives are looking at you and wondering what the heck you're talking about. Edited, Jun 12th 2017 5:38pm by gbaji