Saturday, May 27, 2006

Why Now?

Allahpundit asks a great question:

Also, I’m a free-speech guy, but … someone sent me this link the other day and it made me want to open a vein. What’s with all the news about 9/11 conspiracies lately? Pages like that being circulated, Loose Change on Google Video, that Zogby opinion poll saying 45% of Americans think 9/11 needs to be investigated further — it seems like we’re reaching some kind of critical mass lately, but I’m not sure why. Consider this an open call for the Screw Loose Change guys to offer their theories.

Well, I have a few thoughts on that that I'd like some feedback from our commenters on:

1. The approaching five year anniversary of the attack. This works in the 9-11 CT crowd's favor in two ways. First, our emotions are no longer quite as raw as they were in the early days. We can see this with Hollywood's sudden willingness to use the events of that terrible day in movies like United 93 and the upcoming World Trade Center. It also focuses the Truthers' efforts. They know (Dylan mentions it in virtually every interview) that on 9-11-06 the nation's attention is likely to focus on the attacks in a way that won't happen again for another 5 years. It is my impression that the Kennedy Assassination CT experienced its first boomlet (helped quite a bit by showboat Jim Garrison) also around the five year mark.

2. Loose Change itself. It galls me to admit this, but LC is a slick movie with elements that keep an audience raised on MTV hooked--hip music, animation, and "factoids" presented in such a rapid-fire manner that your attention is focused on details, not the big picture. Try watching some of the other CT movies, which are about as interesting as filmstrips on Soviet wheat production in the 1950s.

3. Google Video/YouTube and broadband access to the internet. The fact that Loose Change can be downloaded for free or watched in streaming format means that there's no cash outlay required. As the old saying goes, if it's free I'll take three. I suspect that for every person who's seen the movie at a screening or purchased a DVD, there are 100 who've watched it online.

The good news for those of us not in the CT camp is that the 9-11 "Truth" movement is still not yet ready for primetime. Operating in the shadows, with very little support, the Truthers have been forced to cooperate, and this will be their downfall. There's an old saying (seldom observed), "no enemies on the Left", which meant that the Left should focus its efforts on defeating the Right, not on intramural squabbles between the Trotskyites and the Stalinists. So it has been (largely) in the "Truth" movement. They have not purged their ranks of the kooks like Holocaust and Apollo moonwalk deniers. Moreover, they have not successfully driven out the bad ideas, and now many of those (the "no-planes" theory, and the "no cellphone calls" theory) are indelibly associated with the movement via Loose Change.

I mentioned the other day that "Scholars" for 9-11 Truth founder Stephen Jones declined to critique Loose Change on Air America Phoenix, claiming he hadn't seen the film. I find that rather curious, since the film is highlighted on their front page as "A Good Place to Start" (among several others). Any group which fails to vigorously drive out the rogue elements among the movement will eventually be overwhelmed by them.

9 Comments:

At 27 May, 2006 08:02, Blogger shawn said...

I think it's a mixture of distance from the event (although five years later I still can barely watch video of the crash, and could barely take United 93) and access to the internet.

I see the internet, however, as a double edged sword. While it is horrible that the CIs' disinformation travels so easily, our information travels just as quickly. While the ludicrious JFK conspiracy books were published, no one had the resources at their own home to debunk them, nor were there any books published that (should have anyway) put a stop to the conspiracy theories (they'd have to wait for Case Closed).

 
At 27 May, 2006 16:12, Blogger roger_sq said...

What makes YOU an authority on JFK, and what makes Case Closed a comprehensive end-all to the case?

 
At 27 May, 2006 21:53, Blogger shawn said...

What makes YOU an authority on JFK, and what makes Case Closed a comprehensive end-all to the case?

Mostly because I've obviously researched the case more than you have.

And Case Closed uses these two things called "evidence" and "logic" that you have in short supply.

I just want to know one thing: do you think there was a second shooter? If you answer in the affirmative I have all the information I need about you.

 
At 27 May, 2006 22:01, Blogger nesNYC said...

And Case Closed uses these two things called "evidence" and "logic" that you have in short supply.

If that "evidence" derives from the Warren Commission, then it is suspect and I bet you can’t even tell us why.

 
At 27 May, 2006 22:09, Blogger shawn said...

If that "evidence" derives from the Warren Commission, then it is suspect and I bet you can’t even tell us why.

Because it's a government report, duh!

(I bet you didn't know another government report said there was probably a second shooter whose only shot missed. Guess we can't trust that either then.)

 
At 27 May, 2006 22:11, Blogger shawn said...

Heck, all's you need is the Zapruder film and Kennedy's corpse and you're set.

 
At 28 May, 2006 10:37, Blogger Pablo said...

You guys might want to head over to the Loose Change website for news of an interesting new development.

Really, go look!

Heh.

 
At 29 May, 2006 15:56, Blogger Debbie said...

I have avoided even reading all these 9/11 conspiracy stories because they are just, well, stupid. But checking my sitemeter, I saw a site I was not familiar with. I clicked on over to Muslim Unity, the name of the blog, and their post "Truth"
http://muslimunity.blogspot.com/2006/05/truth.html#comments

The highlight was an article by Jerry Russell. I have never in my life read such a fairy tail.

Thank goodness people like you will take the time to refute and speak to crazy stuff like that.

Why they were visiting Right Truth is beyond me, because they certainly won't find any sympathy for their trash there.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

 
At 31 May, 2006 18:47, Blogger JoanBasil said...

The great thing about the internet is the freedom. This McCarthyite stuff is creepy, guys.

But on the JFK assassination, the most recent poll I saw was 66% of Americans don't buy the official version.

 

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