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The Museum’s Mission

 

Exhibit One: We aren’t trying to change your mind

The Museum has commented on this before, but here it is again:

Dr Danna Young on Twitter:
I've received several DMs from friends asking what do to about parents/family members who believe misinformation regarding the election, vaccines and COVID. Here's a research-based thread to help explain the roots of these beliefs and how to (and how *not* to) address them. 
One of the things we are wrestling with in the misinformation/conspiracy theory research is that counter-information ("corrective info," EMPIRICALLY TRUE FACTUAL EVIDENCE) has VERY LITTLE effect on people's beliefs when those beliefs are rooted in political/social identity. 
In other words, for many of these folks, the evidence, the science, the facts... really don't matter. 
For example, if your parents trust Trump and they distrust science/media/courts as institutions, and they identify w people/groups who think of themselves as "in the know" and "have the real truth," then using information and argumentation and evidence is unlikely to move them. 
This is so so frustrating.
It's crazy-making.
It's worse than banging your head against the wall.
 
The Museum: Indeed, it has been found that presenting such evidence actually hardens the recipient’s views, they “double down” using the current fashionable term. Therefore, what the Museum does is propose alternative narratives, as unlikely as they are, to stash away in one’s toolbox. They could come in handy later as Exhibits Three will show.
 
Important Safety Note: This works both ways. Countering a liberal’s narratives with facts will just push them further into the depths of their folly.
 
Exhibit Two: How did we get here?

It is part of a long running GOP propaganda narrative.

Parsed from a piece by Zack Beauchamp at Vox
There is the argument, offered by mainstream Republicans at the highest levels, that freedom itself is on the ballot: that the Democratic agenda is so catastrophic that it might spell the end of America as we know it.

This is something Republicans have been saying about Democratic policies — including ones common in other advanced democracies — for decades. In 1961, Ronald Reagan warned that the passage of Medicare would be the end of liberty in America: that if federalized insurance for the elderly were to become law, “you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.”
Then an alternative conservative media ecosystem formed that disseminated these messages.
From practically the inception of the modern conservative movement in the 1950s, a central tenet has been that the mainstream media is irredeemably biased against them — an agent of liberalism, not to be trusted. The conservative response has been to relentlessly delegitimize the media in their public discourse and to construct alternative media institutions for its base to consume.
But it’s not just that Republicans have primed their audience to hate Democrats and created a media system that promotes the most extreme claims about them: It’s that they’ve tolerated and even cultivated figures in their ranks who are willing to explicitly endorse violent, individual action.
 
From Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux at Five Thirty-Eight:
 
It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to spin out where this kind of thinking leads us. Dehumanization has clear links to conflict and violence. “Seeing your opponents as subhuman is a way of saying they don’t warrant moral consideration and moral treatment,” Cassese said. “You’re more likely to see the opposition as evil rather than just wrong. You don’t just want to win; you want to exterminate your enemies.” And there are signs that a big chunk of Americans could be heading down that path. According to Mason and Kalmoe’s surveys, about 40 percent of Americans don’t just disagree with the opposing party’s views — they believe that the other party is evil.
 
Hanther:
Americans are indeed on notice; this is a new regime that has plans to rule with an iron fist. The rule of law is abrogated. Americans will have no recourse to the judicial bench. Judges have surrendered to threats or, in most cases, been compromised with bribes, and Americans would be shocked at how pathetic the amount of the bribes required to purchase them. Do not expect the legislature to come to our rescue at the final moment. Legislatures were complicit in the coup.
 
The Museum: Well, all this has certainly seemed to work.
 
Important Safety Note: Democrats have like narratives. Politics is dirty business.
 
Exhibit Three: Alternative narratives in the toolbox.
 
The Museum has been graced with this space on this web site, foremost to make Hanther look so good in comparison, but also to point out there is an alternate narrative to the events of today. People tend to believe the Low Calorie, Fact Free Narrative that in almost all cases it will fit nicely with their world view. Flat Earth; The Moon is made of cheese and the NASA landings were faked; Aliens have flying saucer bases at the poles; the list is seemingly (especially if you go on Youtube) endless. The Museum especially likes the Nazi base at the center of the earth with Hitlers brain in a robot.
 
However, there are now around 500 (and growing) people, American Citizens may I point out, who are being fitted for government issued orange outfits, and will soon be given long term, up close and personal experience of the Federal Governments Private Prisons for Profit System, much endorsed by the Trump Administration. It is the Museum’s fantasy that if some of them had had an alternative narrative in their toolbox that maybe, just maybe, they wouldn’t have put that one foot over the line (sweet Jesus) and cost themselves their jobs, their friends and their freedom.
 
This is not a Schadenfreude situation; this is an American tragedy.
 
Note: The museum did warn before this incident about believing your own propaganda.
 
Important Safety Tip: Keep the toolbox open.
 
At the Exit: A reasoned response by a QAnon follower during the Biden inauguration.
 
Verbatim as posted on a QAnon site:
 
Anonymous 01/20/21 (WED) 12:02:36
Holy shit. My mom came into my room to bring me a plate of chicken nuggets and I literally screamed at her and hit the plate of chicken nuggets out of her hand. She started yelling and swearing at me and I slammed the door on her. I’m so distressed right now I don’t know what to do. I didn’t mean to do that to my mom but I’m literally in shock from the inauguration. I feel like I’m going to explode. Why the fucking fuck did Trump lose? This can’t be happening. I’m having a fucking breakdown. I don’t want to believe it. I wanted Trump to be president and fix this broken country. I cannot fucking deal with this right now. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, I thought he was polling well in Newsmax????This is so fucked.
 
Museum Note: Trump was supposed to have Biden and all his Satan worshiping, baby eating pedophiles arrested and take the oath himself for four more years. Anonymous seems to have a closed toolbox. 
 
 
Unkwil

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