More and more Israelis question the epidemic, asking their friends and relatives if they knew patients personally, as they lost confidence in the media • "We are in the movie"
A new trend is widespread on social networks in recent days: Many surfers are asking if their Facebook friends personally know Corona patient because they feel the media and government are "inflating" the dimensions of the epidemic, which is marginal to them.
Reporter: Dana Pan Luzon // Photo: Gil Kramer // Edit: Sivan Schuster, Eden Barel
"Is there a Corona patient among my friends? Do you know a Corona patient? I begin to believe that everything is fake," asks a lawyer from the center of the country, in a post that, like many others, has received dozens and sometimes hundreds of responses. "You're really right, you don't have to panic ... What do we show on TV? Only numbers and scares ... In the tests they do, they infuse the virus to tell us that there is an increase," one of the surfers replies.
Contrary to "professional" conspiracy enthusiasts sailing theories about the introduction of chips through snacks, and so on, this is not the fifth-generation cellphone theory enthusiast who allegedly threatens to exterminate life on earth, but "people from the locality" who find themselves confused by the wealth of information in the media, Why they find or not on their street of residence. For example, the lawyer answers another surfer: "It's a question I ask everyone I know, and none of them know a Corona patient ... we're in the movie."
Lecturer in one of the many professions in various colleges, with much experience, also asks on his Facebook page: "So what have you seen in your eyes * in the last few weeks? How many family members, friends, friends of your children and generally the street you live in, the neighborhood - were hospitalized Or have they been breathed in because of Corona? Again, no figures you saw in the media - what you saw yourself from the people you know. And not people who were put in solitary confinement - people who hired * were sick in a way that stopped their lives * .That sent them to be in a hospital because of * the need for hospital care * And no private home. Sometimes I think people forgot how to look at the world out of the screen. Do yourself a favor - believe your eyes. "
Alongside the supporters, there are also quite a few who are trying to appeal to logic. "In March, the amount of patients in the country doubled every 3 days. Sit back with a calculator and do a calculation, how many patients today, after 3 months, if this infection rate was maintained. Answer - all humanity (7 billion). But don't believe me "Just believe your eyes," one of the surfers replies.
The "Knowledge" website that analyzes various scientific theories has published that psychologists Michael J. Wood, Karen M. Douglas and Robbie M. Sutton of Kent University wrote about the phenomenon in a January 2012 article in the journal Psychology and Personality Science, entitled "Living at the same time: Beliefs in Conspiracy Theories. "
"A claim that powerful people or organizations have conspired and worked secretly together to achieve some (usually malicious) purpose, is a claim that is incredibly difficult to refute ... and that new layers of schemes are designed to justify any new unsupportive vision." Once you believe that "one giant secret wicked conspiracy can be accomplished, this implies that many similar schemes can be made."
The authors propose that a high-level thought process here, which they call "global consistency" that eliminates local contradictions, "believe that a significant number of conspiracy theories are beginning to see the authorities as fundamentally deceived. New conspiracy theories will therefore appear more likely in the face of this belief." Moreover, "the lack of confidence that conspirators spread in official explanations is so profound that they simultaneously adopt some alternative theories, despite contradictions between them."