Yesterday on Twitter (all great stories begin like this), CalFire posted an announcement for a COVID-19 vaccination event in some rural area of the county and someone replied, directly from the bottom of the loony bin: “Your promoting a experimental gene therapy that has killed thousands already .” (spelling and punctuation are quoted correctly, even though it makes me twitch of course.)
I laughed out loud and then looked at the account — which has over 120k followers! What the… ? Needless to say, the (re)tweets and replies are composed of more ridiculous anti-scientific bullshit and conspiracy-theory laden crap. I couldn’t quite understand how an account like that could amass such a following (yes, I’m naive, I know).
One thing is certain: these people have discovered that blurting out insane bullshit draws attention — Alex Jones, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity etc. etc. have long discovered bizarre and ridiculous outrage as a business model. The payment for the Twitter loonies is just attention, and it seems to me that’s all that they look for.
Each one’s got their platform — Fox News or some “social” network — and in the name of freedom, gets enabled to destroy truth.