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Flat Earth belief linked to online video sharing


Posted on Monday, 18 February, 2019 | Comment icon 63 comments

Why do people believe that the Earth is flat ? Image Credit: Orlando Ferguson
Conspiracy theory videos on YouTube may be playing a significant role in convincing people that the Earth is flat.
In the age of orbiting satellites, interplanetary spacecraft and a fully manned space station, the fact that the Earth is round (an oblate spheroid) is as indisputable as the nose on your face.

Remarkably however, there are still those who remain adamant that the Earth is actually flat.

Now according to new research lead by Professor Asheley Landrum from Texas Tech University, it seems as though YouTube may be at least partially responsible for this.

The study, which queried attendees at flat Earth conferences, found that most people who subscribe to the idea that the Earth is flat had watched videos online and had in some cases been introduced to the concept through video recommendations while watching videos on other conspiracy theories.

"There's a lot of helpful information on YouTube but also a lot of misinformation," said Prof Landrum.

"Believing the Earth is flat is of itself not necessarily harmful, but it comes packaged with a distrust in institutions and authority more generally."

More of an effort needs to be made to ensure visitors are exposed to accurate information, she argues, as well as to put out videos designed to counteract misinformation.

For most people, it is difficult to imagine how anyone can seriously consider the possibility that the Earth is flat, especially given the abundance of evidence to the contrary.

What may have started out as little more than a tongue-in-cheek thought exercise, it seems, is fast becoming a genuine concern.


Source: BBC News | Comments (63)

Tags: Flat Earth

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #54 Posted by Rlyeh on 22 February, 2019, 9:50
That's from the Bible, waters above and below the earth. If you watch some of their stargazing videos they zoom in on stars and claim they must be in water because they're blurry.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Emma_Acid on 22 February, 2019, 13:08
"Touched up" is not the same as "nearly all CGI". Not even close.
Comment icon #56 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 22 February, 2019, 14:14
Plus you can find the originals if you bother to put just a little bit of effort into it. In any event most images from space are meant to highlight certain wavelengths. A meteorologist doesn't really care if his satellite images are true colour, he cares if he can see things like wind patterns and temperature differences. 
Comment icon #57 Posted by NotWhoYouThink on 26 February, 2019, 19:43
if the earth was flat cats would have pushed everything off by now
Comment icon #58 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 26 February, 2019, 23:06
Comment icon #59 Posted by aztek on 27 February, 2019, 21:45
isn't FE theory hundreds if not a thousand years old.
Comment icon #60 Posted by Essan on 27 February, 2019, 22:02
Does this mean everyone today thinks the  Earth is flat?    If some humans at least havent know the world is round for at least 100,000 years then I am a dingo's doo-doo
Comment icon #61 Posted by aztek on 27 February, 2019, 22:05
no, it means you tube has nothing to do with its popularity,  try to be relevant.
Comment icon #62 Posted by jaylemurph on 28 February, 2019, 19:23
Some facts: the Ancient Greek and Roman maps aren't real. They're modern "reconstructions," some of which is based on texts that did not exist at the time they were "recreated."  The maps in the upper right and left corners are called T and O charts. And they're not maps, per se, they're schemata -- heavily stylized, meant to be a reflection of spiritual/Biblical propaganda rather than a useful reproduction of the real world. Note the centre of the world in them is Jerusalem. The map from the early Middle Ages is a slightly more realistic version if the same, probably from Arabia or China, alt... [More]
Comment icon #63 Posted by aztek on 28 February, 2019, 19:27
you may be right, i just used this pic for reference of FE being a lot older than you tube, or anyone alive today,  


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