Sunday, July 19, 2015

Illuminati = Boredom

I think I've posted the argument here before that supposed "Illuminati symbols" in broadcast media are more likely to be the result of people who are just bored rather than any sort of sweeping worldwide conspiracy. Now the author of this article may have found the smoking gun - a television graphics designer who started inserting such symbols into graphics and animations out of boredom and frustration with the political leanings of the network bosses.

I started fucking around with the graphics packages when I leveled up from making generic logos to getting more creative projects like designing the holiday animations and elements for a special pre-produced investigative news segment or special war report.

I’d find a way to incorporate something in the graphics, usually small and out of the way—maybe a reference to the Illuminati or Freemasonry—just to fuck with anyone who noticed it. I also liked using symbols created by John Dee, who was a 16th century alchemist and occultist, like the esoteric Monas Hieroglyphica, or just simple, but well-known things like the pentagram or the eye in the pyramid.

If there really were a secret conspiracy, why would they broadcast their symbols in news reports? Secret conspiracies are supposed to be, you know, secret. And let's face it - the people who spot these things aren't usually the sharpest tools in the shed, so I can't imagine how anyone would expect them to go undetected. There's the whole idea that the symbols constitute some sort of mind control technique, except that experimental psychology has completely debunked the notion of anything like that having an effect, and also that clearly they're not doing anything to the conspiracy enthusiasts who notice them.

A bored graphic designer, though? That totally makes sense.

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