The Risk and Necessity of Alex Jones
In the fight against the powers and principalities, the corruption and deceit that pervades the US and other governments, there’s a man who sits at the top of the conspiracy theory food chain who draws as much controversy about himself as he does about the topics he discusses. Alex Jones of Infowars and Prison Planet is often the poster boy of fringe journalism. Is he good or bad for the world?
To answer that question, we first have to understand the complexity of the issues. The head-in-the-sand mentality of the civilized world prevents the masses from seeing through the subterfuge of our world. Despite revelations from people like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, we are still clinging so tightly to our desires for a sheep-like existence that we will do whatever it takes to keep that illusion alive. It’s not that people trust the government. They simply dismiss the real evils and true agendas as false, opting for a greed-based corruption rather than one that is hurling the world towards an end times scenario.
This is where Jones, Mark Dice, and other popular conspiracy theorists come into play. They call out the governments for nearly everything they do. They point to their pawns in the media and insinuate that the government is a series of pawns to other powers such as big business, the Illuminati, and even dark powers from below. They suffer ridicule from the mainstream and receive adoration and praise from their millions of followers. Jones isn’t necessarily the most popular, but his production style, personal flair, and bold indictments on the internet and at public rallies makes him distinguished amongst a growing crowd.
The “fringe” is becoming more popular and commonplace and Jones is one of the biggest reasons for it.
We have listened to his reports and often turn to his websites to find the real news. It isn’t just conspiracy theorists, either. Popular aggregators like the Drudge Report use Infowars as a source regularly. Many in the media who receive information they wouldn’t dare report on their mainstream channels turn it over to these conspiracy theory websites to break the news. The realm of conspiracy theory is proving to be more justifiable and acceptable, yet it still hasn’t broken through to the masses.
This is why Jones and his kind are necessary. There needs to be voices that make politicians worry. There needs to be bold people taking risks and exposing the truth. There needs to be people who will talk about the things that others simply won’t discuss. We know that there are crazy things afoot and active voices like Jones are required.
On the other hand, there’s a major risk with Jones. He will shoot first, ask questions later with his reporting. He also has a tendency to make himself the target of both righteous attacks and even jokes that can actually hurt the sharing of the information. There’s a credibility issue with Jones; much of it’s deserved while some of it is the result of standard disinformation protocols. Perhaps the worst part about Jones is that he often positions the story around him. He talks as much about how he told us so as he does about the issues themselves. This “me” and “I” mentality takes away from the stories he tells.
At the end of the day, Alex Jones and people like him are required to get the news out there, but they also become a risk factor that can discredit good information for the sake of the source. It’s important for the rest of us to be discerning, to sift through the noise in order to find the core. It’s for this reason that Alex Jones is one of the most necessary evils in the fight against the powers that be in this world.