Yesterday the PR flak for a small press publisher asked me to criticize one of their new books, a conspiracy tome alleging that the Gospels are medieval fakes. I’m not going to give them publicity by naming the book or the author, but I was rather taken aback by the invitation to trash a text. I guess that falls into the category of any publicity be good publicity.
I am never sure whether I should mention the latest claims coming out of David Wilcock’s paranoid word. On the one hand, Wilcock diagnosed himself with longstanding mental problems, and it seems exploitative to criticize his fantasies in light of his presumed condition. On the other hand, he is a paid contributor to Ancient Aliens and a guru raking in money from a massive following of online groupies. It also seems irresponsible not to report the evil nonsense that the History channel endorses by giving this man a national television platform.
Since my last few posts have been longer and more detailed than usual, and I don’t really feel like writing a lot today, I think I will compromise. Giving Wilcock the honor of taking him seriously is too much; but I feel compelled to note that he has developed a paranoid conspiracy that does grave insult to the people who died in Las Vegas during the recent shooting spree there.
Briefly, Wilcock has come to believe that the Las Vegas shooting was a false flag operation orchestrated by the human helpers of the evil aliens in order to distract the public from Wikileaks’s imminent release of secrets that would expose American intelligence agencies’ complicity in the alien agenda since the dawn of the UFO era. “The Vegas mass shooting may well have been a desperate attempt to distract the public from these impending, epic geopolitical developments.” Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Las Vegas shooting, the worst mass-casualty shooting in decades, is already all but forgotten, subsumed by Donald Trump’s endless parade of outrages and the concerted effort of politicians to quash efforts to discuss the politics of gun control.
Wilcock, being an ancient astronaut theorist, makes much of the fact that the massacre occurred near to the Luxor casino, which is shaped like a pyramid: “The massacre occurred directly in front of a pyramid, sphinx and obelisk. The pyramid has a glowing ‘Illuminati’ capstone that beams up into space.” Because, as you know, the best way to hide your secret alien/Illuminati agenda is to place big clues front and center for people like Wilcock to decode. Like you do.
But the real horror is the fact that Wilcock has descended into such incomprehensible bonkers ranting that I genuinely worry about his mental health. He claims, for example, that the fact that a witness to the attack was named Jesus Campos means that the attack is related to the documentary Jesus Camp, and that the evil aliens planned the attack on a country music festival because the aliens and their human collaborators are urban elites who have a hatred for heartland values, country music, and other symbolic manifestations of rural identity. This falls into Wilcock’s longstanding paranoid fantasy that Hollywood movies contain secret messages about a war between good and bad aliens and their human collaborators.
I will leave it to you to read the whole thing yourself if you so choose. It is depressing reading, but also sad proof that Wilcock and his ilk will take any tragedy and turn the dead and wounded into grist for stupid conspiracies. The only interesting part is that the History channel is OK with this and happily gives a platform to a man who would exploit the dead and wounded for his own gain.
But what, really, should we expect from History? It long ago abandoned documentary programming for reality shows, and its latest pivot is to become a scripted entertainment network. To its Vikings series and the one about the Navy Seals, it is going to be adding a new series about the Knights Templar and another about Project Blue Book, the Air Force’s UFO investigation. The Templar series, according to reports, will treat as fact the Templars’ quest for and/or possession of the Holy Grail, a fantasy cooked up by romantic poets of the High Middle Ages and sustained through generations of fringe writers. Regardless of the perspective Blue Book will take on UFOs (and does anyone expect it to be skeptical?), the overall result will be the same: Audiences, seeing these fictional narratives on the History channel will conclude that there is an underlying historical reality that made the story worthy of fictional treatment, thus reinforcing, like propaganda, fringe narratives.
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