Stepchildren of the Circus Master

A very long time ago–maybe 2003, which is a long time these days–I had an argument with someone with whom I used to work.  I don’t remember what brought about his comment–I do know it was something I said that he didn’t care to hear–but it is a statement I’ve heard from a number of other people over the years.

It’s simple:  “You can’t believe anything you read on the internet.”

My response was to ask him if, since NASCAR results–he was a huge race fan–were posted on the internet, if I should consider them fake as well.  This only pissed him off more, as, of course, they were correct since they reflected an action that had been seen by many.

Any medium can be fraught with errors.  Back when I was growing up, I know some of the things found in my parent’s encyclopedic weren’t really, truly, totally correct.  Or so we know now.  It’s all a matter of information gathering; don’t get your data from one source, but rather from many.  Then factor the information, and come to a decision.

It’s called thinking, y’all.

The Internet is going to have is fair share of crap floating about.  You have websites on just about everything, so it’s inevitable that pure, unadulterated BS is gonna come floating your way eventually.  It happens all the time to me, probably more so to you.

There is one current going around this weekend:  the tale of the planetary alignment of Mercury, Venus, and Saturn, with the Pyramids at Giza, on 3 December, 2012.  Only happens once every 2,737 years, you know.  Hey, there’s even a picture taken at night showing you want it would look like–

Only it’s stated that this happens an hour before sunrise.  So that’s easy enough to check out, because there are all sorts of programs that will let one see the sky in Cairo just before sunrise.  Oh, and hey, there are those same three planets in the sky on the 3rd.  Only they’re in the south-southeast sky, which means the picture is wrong, as a quick check of Google Maps shows the picture was taken from the south-southwest.  So, to see this alignment, you have to be standing off to the north-northwest.  And you have to be standing in the right spot at the right time, neither of which is given.

You can also see this same alignment on the 2nd and the 4th, so you can blow off that “once every 2,737 years” meme, too.  Because when you can stand somewhere and make your own alignment, those years roll away very fast.

Yet, people buy this shit readily.  The number of, “That’s incredible!” or “I never knew that!” comments are numerous.  It’s not only on the Internet, but there’s a picture!  So it has to be true, right?

It seems there is an inherent need for people to buy into bullshit of this nature, if for no other reason than to say, “Hey, see!  This makes sense to me.”  So many false memes float about, and yet I’ve seen comments to the effect that people don’t care if it’s fake, they like what it says.

Bullshit or not, it’s getting a like.  Just deal with it.

Maybe I make too much out of this.  Maybe it’s the writer in me saying, “Hey, just because you try to think things out, it means everyone else should as well!”  Or maybe it’s just me wondering if people think this fake alignment is cool because it proves that aliens built the pyramids–

Hey, I already knew that last.  I mean, haven’t you ever watched Stargate SG-1?