By: George Kurzom
Global rumors claim that the fifth generation of the cellular network caused the outbreak of the Corona pandemic
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Some claim that cellular towers are the cause of the Corona pandemic, others say the virus is just a fantasy, and some heads of state have their own theories. For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of an “information epidemic”.
Even before the countries of the world ended their actions against the Corona virus and before the committees were established to analyze what happened and is still happening, some serious consequences of the pandemic appeared at the psycho-social-political and economic levels. Failure has come to the fore, confusion overwhelms the situation between citizens and authorities, and fear of the unknown overcast everywhere. Also, other things that happen behind the scenes affect or even intensify the current chaos; such as conspiracy theories, deception, and propaganda.
In a sense, claiming that the virus is a biological weapon or an invention aimed at re-engineering the population is much easier to grasp than dealing with an unknown virus. Thus, every emerging charge bestows the tragedy with a certain degree of importance, even if the accusation was fictitious or obscurantist. The examples are endless, from secret "medications" like diluted-chlorine bleachers (Donald Trump's “advised opinion”), to natural vaccines like eating bananas, to turning off all electronic devices. All of the above and others provide "protection" from danger, as long as no proof of their effectiveness is required.
Over the past period and up to the moment, we have found many who have bought these theories, and others have promoted them. Knowing that someone leaked "prohibited" information gives a sense of certainty and self-confidence. Sharing such "information" can provide people with something hard to come by after long weeks of closure and death: sense of control.
Many people are attracted to the idea of "conspiracy" because it "tickles" certain psychological motivations that are important to people, since the concept of conspiracy has all the elements that make people believe in it. Indeed, psychologists explain that fake rumours and allegations are being spread by many people, including ordinary people, whom the crisis caused to tame their critical sense. Of course, not everyone who promotes conspiracy theory is naive. Rather, the origin of some conspiracy theories stems specifically from stakeholders, whether they are ordinary fraudsters, or various parties striving for political gains, or even governments trying to hide their failures. This is not to single out the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, who has been openly spreading lies aimed at alienating suspicions around him; notably his versatile ridiculous scientific and medical "advised opinions", such as recommending using not only dangerous, but fatal “drugs”, whose clinical effectiveness has not been proven.
False information has swelled, and public confidence has been stripped, to the extent that the WHO has warned of an information epidemic - infodemia. We can see a huge amount of hearsay overwhelming the social and virtual spaces around us, so much so that anxiety has become a "virus" that we all feel in one way or another.
This information epidemic is not necessarily negative, especially when the audience is hungry for more information about what is happening, and perhaps new encouraging information or advice to deal with the situation. The problem is that someone is deliberately taking advantage of the situation to spread various stories - despite being false. Perhaps the best example of this is a study recently conducted in the United States, which found that people tend to share false information about Corona virus, which can sometimes be dangerous, more than their tendency to believe the "information" itself.
The more these marketed allegations seem to be “prohibited” and “confidential”, the more desirable they become in their promoters’ eyes, as they provide the feeling of having a different advantage from others, that they are more reliable and secure.
Some of those who believe in conspiracy theories believe that they enjoy power through their "information", which is not available to others.
Other videos, circulating on YouTube, claim that the pandemic is just a fantasy designed to control the population. Sometimes no one disputes the fact that the pandemic exists, but alternative explanations are given to its source, such as the advanced 5G cellular network; a heresy made public on YouTube and recorded 1.9 million views. Not before long, many in Britain began to destroy cellular antennas.
Inventing False Allegations
Besides ordinary people, there are also quite a few influential government officials who hopped on the conspiracy wagon. Fearing the intense public reaction against them in the wake of the crisis; some heads of state tried to divert public opinion from the charges against them by making false allegations. President Trump has emerged at the forefront of these presidents. Since the pandemic hit the United States, and up until now, Trump has repeatedly "recommended" medications that have not been medically proven effective, ignoring scientists' warnings about the seriousness of his "advice", that caused an increase in American poisoning and mortality cases due to the use of cleaning powders and sterilizations which Trump "advised"! (According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report).
The proliferation of alternative populist messages, particularly those that reduce the seriousness of a pandemic, poses another risk of withholding the right information. These misleading messages not only spawned conspiracy theories by individuals, but also deepened the feeling that official data and sources are unreliable, and cemented the growing belief that people should discover the truth themselves.
In fact, theories of "medical conspiracies" have worsened over the years before the Corona pandemic. But now that the world has entered an unprecedented economic crisis, these populist theories may grow to become more dangerous. The wave of corona "conspiracies" carries a lurking devastating danger, one no less dangerous than the Corona virus itself.