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Short video explainers to bust popular conspiracy theories

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 15, 2021
The idea is to create a YouTube/Tik-Tok channel consisting of 1-2 minute short video clips that bust the popular conspiracy theories with evidence and patience.

At the end of a short video, there could be a longer explainer linked for those that need a little more background knowledge and are willing to put in the time.

The videos should be well researched. Maybe captain disillusion style.

A YouTube/Tik-Tok channel with high-quality explainers would do well. For every conspiracy theory that goes viral, there are friends and family that are trying to put some sense into their loved ones. They are the ones that would spread the videos.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Jul 15, 2021
Alternatively, instead of focusing on conspiracy theories (simply because most people who believe in outlandish conspiracy theories cannot be convinced otherwise, although I think targeting these issues through animation might reach more children and prevent them from blindly believing wild allegations, so conspiracy theories might be a very good topic), you could animate major news events.
Animation technology often does get used in news coverage, but more in an illustrative sense, I'm imagining creating short stories based on the current news.

There used to be a satirical program based on a similar premise in South Africa, but I can't find any evidence of it online, so I'm guessing it failed.

But by making news stories more entertaining (and trying to remain unbiased and reporting the news exactly as it happened) many people who are currently ignorant to current affairs might be educated on what's happening. Children could also enjoy such programs, exposing them to what is going on in the world and perhaps preparing them earlier.

But this idea isn't just focused on children, there are many adults who simply don't follow the news anymore because they feel that it is boring propaganda. So the success of such a channel would rely on two parts.

  1. It needs to be a respectable, accurate source of information. This means that the writers would have to be proper journalists.
  2. The animation needs to be of high quality. If it is done well, it could engage a much larger audience than current news outlets.

I think making use of animation, while it would require more effort, would have a wider reach whether used for conspiracy theories or news.

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni3 months ago
Great idea Darko Savic ! Can you provide an example in the session description of such a conspiracy just to have an idea of the scale of the conspiracies you are talking about?

Some historic conspiracies may be difficult to investigate and come to a rational conclusion. Some others might be subjective and currently solved by popular opinions.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 months ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni Here's an example https://youtu.be/4gNyD4KXYtU

3 weeks ago I was told about this by a friend who wholeheartedly believed it. He said his cousin saw it with his own eyes. We had a quick chat about the basics of physics after which he wasn't so sure anymore.