How to distinguish a flat earthling from a comedian

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If our planet were spherical and rotating, planes could not fly. This is the plot of a Tik Tok video in which a young man wants to convince us that the Earth is flat. In his speech, he takes as an example planes which fly “from Spain to Teruel”, but which will never reach their destination: if they travel in the opposite direction of rotation, they will go too fast and will pass; and if they fly in the same direction, “they’ll never get there” because the Earth goes faster and escapes.

Don’t panic: this is a humorous and parodying video, the work of @cristiandelasierra from Cadiz. On Twitter he was received between applause and laughter, but more than one took him seriously and set him as an example of our seriousness, with comments such as “friends, finish your studies” or “and that these people have the right to vote ”.

If anyone has any doubts, they can log into their account and see that it’s full of fun videos, a few with some really good conspiracy theories. For example, in another of them he explains that it is a lie that there is a hole in the ozone layer because otherwise all the oxygen would have escaped. To confirm this, he offers an experience that “you can repeat at home”: breathing.

However, we must not make the mistake of laughing at those who took this actor seriously. Many replies to the tweet that popularized the video mention Poe’s Law, which makes it very difficult to distinguish an extreme ideological position from its parody. This law was invented in 2005 by Nathan Poe, during a discussion about creationism in a forum. From hecho, the original text refiere solo to estas ideas: “Sin un emoticono que guiñe un ojo o alguna otra muestra clara de humor, es completely imposible parodiar to a creator of tal manera que alguien no lo pueda llegar a confundir con uno de truth”.

In the end, what Cristian exposes in his video is not that different from what many Earthlings say. For example, these conspiranoids have very long theses about what the “real” airplane routes are and insist that a spherical Earth is absurd because that would mean that in Australia they live upside down. No kidding, they have their own memes about it and they really mean it. At least I think so.

In fact, it’s not hard to turn any conspiracy theory into a joke without changing a single letter, like the idea that we are being injected with fleas in vaccines or that Stanley Kubrick filmed the moon landing. . But this is not to laugh at the down-to-earth (for once), but to remind us that all hype borders on self-parody. If we don’t know if someone is joking (or if someone thinks we are), it may be because the debate has become so distorted that we are losing touch with reality.

And it often happens in politics and in networks, among many other subjects and without the need to embark on conspiracies. For example, a few days ago, the MP for Vox Macarena Olona shared a video in which she assured that “Don Julio Anguita, nowadays, of which he would be deeply proud is Vox”. Was he serious or was this an El Intermedio skit? Another example: a company is laying off 900 employees for Zoom. Was this real short story or a dystopian Black Mirror-style satire? Like many tweeters with the false flat of earth, I find it increasingly difficult to distinguish them. Although, without a doubt, I would rather half of what I get was a joke that I didn’t get.

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