Hard Dawn’s Beautiful Satire Of Right Wing Conspiracy Theorists
Right wing conspiracy theory web sites are adept at skirting the line between leading questions and blatant falsehoods. They offer questions that suggest to gullible readers that the ideas being questioned are, in fact, well-established, supported by evidence. For example, the sites Pakalert Press and Before It’s News are currently presenting articles with the following headlines:
– Ebola – Another Illuminati Psy Op?
– Is Israeli Aggression Based on End Times Prophesy?
– ‘There Will Be No Water’ by 2040?
– CIA Bonded With Nazis To Sex Traffic, Kill Naked Children At Human Hunting Parties?
– Ruins Of Ancient City Found In Antarctica?
These articles tend to follow a routine formula because their authors have found that certain writing patterns are especially effective at exciting the furious attention of right wing nuts. When an odd formula develops in writing, it’s a perfect opportunity for satire. Such satire is offered, in beautiful heaping piles, by Hard Dawn… “Because Morning In America Won’t Be Easy”.
Among the leading questions asked at Hard Dawn:
– Are Deep-Sea Dinosaurs Living Proof of the Biblical Timeline?
– Are Militant Atheists Using Chemtrails to Poison the Angels in Heaven?
– Why Doesn’t the Liberal Media Identify Murderers as Atheists?
– Is the Gay “Bear” Scene Opening the Door to Homosexual Male Pregnancy?
– Can your iPhone turn you gay? The science is still inconclusive…
Other choice items:
– Richard Dawkins May Be Using the Shroud of Satanism to Cover His True Communist Agenda
– Many Atheists Believe That Eating Puppy Fetuses Will Cure Their Sexual Impotency. Here’s Why They’re Wrong
– Why Isn’t America Sending Bibles Into Space?
– Atheists, Abortionists & the ACLU Must Take the Blame for Ferguson Riots
– Legos: How One Vulgar, Ambidextrous Toy Opened the Door for Gay “Marriage” in Denmark
– New Zealand Debates Changing National Flag, Yet Forgets Its Moral Obligation to America
– Dorito Danger: How Mexican-Style Snack Chips Are Threatening America’s Borders
The insight of Hard Dawn is that there’s a certain combination of absurdity and curiosity that piques readers’ interest. Hard Dawn is able to use that combination to have fun. Right wing web sites are using that same combination to spread misinformation, fear and hatred.
Remember that background when you encounter a Republican voter this year. That person’s reality isn’t necessarily the same as your own.