I think this isn’t right.
We have a world where institutions BLATANTLY lie in the vague direction of the truth to make the truth…uh…punchier. More viral.
Some people, upon detecting the lies (e.g. “Climate modeling is settled science”), decide there’s no truth in it *at all*.
Many believe there is no chance COVID was Zoonotic because we are lying about the lab by saying it has to be Zoonotic. But we don’t know.
Many people are convinced Ivermectin is a total COVID solution since we’re obviously lying about human medicine as Horse Dewormer. It isn’t.
No one knows if Epstein killed himself. We just know our papers aren’t aggressively reporting that story. So many assume Epstein’s death is fake or an obvious hit. Because it could be either, but our lame institutions don’t dare ask even the easy questions. So we lurch to oppose.
Many people don’t believe that Russia/Ukraine is a threat or even real because they can see the obvious daily spin. But it is a huge threat and an atrocity. We’re just lying and spinning parts of it.
They don’t believe the Fed has ANY function because it does do some bad stuff.
Moral: if you want a better model of Trump Supporters try this one: they prefer idiosyncratic lying/spin/distortion by a gadfly as an antidote to coordinated credentialed institutional polished lying with amazing production values. Further, they don’t think *anyone* offers truth.
But they will react to spin and hype as if there is ZERO substance behind it if that spin and hype are coordinated across multiple venues, institutions & talking heads.
They aren’t principally embracing Trump or idiocy. They are rejecting obvious coordination of hype.