Friend versus enemy, faithful versus corrupted, good versus evil: choose your favorite dichotomy, it doesn't matter. Tribalism is compelling. It's melodrama designed to misdirect public discourse away from scrutinizing the real business of exploitation. Governments, corporations, institutions, vested interests, city halls, these power dynamics use the same method. Democracy itself subordinates to this corrupt pantomime.
Conspiracy theories have always existed, filling the unsettling gaps in knowledge of the world with comfortably self-congratulatory explanation. Like nationalism, the conspiracy theory is a mechanism for controlling the non-conformists. This type of thinking has a growing influence on real power structures (e.g. elections). Society is putting its future at risk by allowing these mechanisms to run wild for short-term political gain. But can we ever regulate the groupthink?
Democrat Blue or Republican Red? Both were appropriated post-FDR by rival factions of corporate and lineage big capital, to ringfence key voter demographics. The false dichotomy is designed to divide and rule the American people, so entrenched power can exploit the many and reward the few without regulation or restriction. What about the ideal 'anyone can become President'? Do we need to Make America - Americans - Great Again?
Few people give two hoots about climate change and of those few the drop off rate from children who care to adults who don't is significant. But this is a threat to the whole planet's future. Why don't we all care more? What's gone wrong with our collective psyche?
The uneducated and the experts get a lot of flak from trained gatekeepers with big platforms but the antipathy is self-serving virtue signalling designed to cover up a degrading groupthink that's steadily retarding the progress of our society to a virtual standstill. The recent Dawkins Eugenics "controversy" is a case in point.
Nominations for the 2020 Oscars have been published to a chorus of criticism about lack of diversity. It's a neat illustration of equality of outcome, equality of opportunity and the cultural degradation caused by the continued breakdown of communication and truth.
Compare and contrast of the ‘beat’ heavyweights Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the former destined to live long and popular, a fine intellectual force on the American scene, the latter doomed to die young and unhappy but undeniably a genius in the global pantheon.
Stories have been the psychosocial crutch that've kept our species sane - individually - in an awful unpredictable fear-filled world. The price has been high but here we were in the 21st century, 7 billion plus human brains parsing the universe through prisms of vast collective narratives that affect every moment and define - for most - every reaction, every thought, every decision.