The Where's Waldo game, and the Conspiracy version.

Leifer

Senior Member.
I've usurped and bastardized the idea of the "Where's Waldo" visual game, to describe the idea of current conspiracy thinking, where if he isn't found, he "must" still exist.

(My apologies to it's creator Martin Handford for my re-purposed analogy)
waldo.jpg

Let me note the obvious, that finding Waldo is not dedicated to conspiracy thought or method. Finding Waldo can certainly be a scientific or logic or brain problem, because somewhere in the real game, he IS there to be found.

But if Waldo is not found by the conspiratorial players version (my analogy), he is found by usage of suspicions and often judgement. The imagined and suggested finding of Waldo when he is not there, is to some, just as valid as a "win".

Listing the topics where my analogy exists could be extensive, but here are a few topics where it is played.....(3 usages off the top of my head)
1) Looking for reasons for the Las Vegas shooter's motives. (I have found the motive, here is my idea)
2) Searching for the launch bases of Chemtrail planes. (Here are the bases, and it's the secret truth)
3) Looking for anomalies in Lunar Landing photos. (I found something weird, to prove my theory)

The reason I'm posting this, is very often, I see conspiracies spouted as truth and with little evidence to back it up......as if they've found Waldo, even though he is not seen.
 
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Leifer

Senior Member.
I should correct my words then.
I meant, "where if he is nowhere to be found, he must still exist".
(aka, not there at all)
 
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Leifer

Senior Member.
No, I meant looking for Waldo when he is not there, but believing he is there, because of prior expectations that he would be there.

I look at conspiracy vids, and it seems they are searching for Waldo, when no Waldo ever enters the picture.
It's an analogy, and another explanation of the problem.
Are you testing me ?
 
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Ray Von Geezer

Senior Member.
But like all the best conspiracy theories, Wally (or whatever you lot in the colonies call him :) ) is hidden in plain sight.

It’s how They(™) mess with us.

Ray Von
 

Svartbjørn

Senior Member.
I get what @Leifer is saying... it requires a bit of abstract thinking. Think of it this way.. you're walking into a situation where you automatically assume Waldo/Wally Exists.. IE a Where's Waldo/Wally book of some sort. The issue is, he's not actually there at all because there's a misprint... human error left him out completely but you dont know that up front. To a normal mind, you'll search all the pictures in the book over and over and come to the conclusion that this must be a misprint or a mistake was made because he's LITERALLY not there. In science its very plausible to say "where's waldo/wally?" and the correct answer is "he's not here/he does not exist."

To the conspiratorial mind, however, BECAUSE the book is called "where's Waldo/Wally" he therefore MUST exist and IS located somewhere in the book even though, in reality, he's not there because there's a misprint. They will continue to look and look and look, and they'll piece him together from fragments of images that LOOK like parts of Waldo/Wally and say SEE SEE I TOLD YOU, HE'S THERE YOU'RE JUST NOT WOKE ENOUGH TO PUT ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER, even though thats not how Where's Waldo/Wally works. The publisher then releases an apology and says that there was a printing error and Waldo/Wally isnt in this most recent edition of the book.. the Conspiratorially minded will ignore that release and STILL continue to search the book, because they're being lied to.. the publisher just wants their money and god dammit they're going to find Waldo/Wally.
 

deirdre

Senior Member.
To the conspiratorial mind, however, BECAUSE the book is called "where's Waldo/Wally" he therefore MUST exist and IS located somewhere in the book even though, in reality, he's not there because there's a misprint. They will continue to look and look and look, and they'll piece him together from fragments of images that LOOK like parts of Waldo/Wally and say SEE SEE I TOLD YOU, HE'S THERE YOU'RE JUST NOT WOKE ENOUGH TO PUT ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER
yea, I was going to mention that the artists throw in people dressed like waldo (like in the OP space pic) who aren't waldo, but a crisis-actor hoaxer (face blind people) will think that IS waldo because they suffer from face blindness. So that example jives for sure.
 

RJ Polanc

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I like the analogy, I feel as though it definitely works more when deirdre put it as "looking for Waldo in an iSpy book", but all in all if someone wants what they think is reality to be reality and they want to be the one who lets everyone know they're wrong and they're right. That being said of course there are conspiracies that turned out to be legit and I'm sure in today's insane world there are so many open secrets. When Terry Crews reveals things with his current situation and tweets things like this"If I have a timely 'accident' – you know where to look", people want to believe. Which I guess all goes back to the X-Files if you really think about it.

The world is crazy and sometimes people process things in a way that would let them jump to conclusions right away, or there are those with skepticism. Sometimes these two things mix and create the "Waldo is mos def in this iSpy book bro" kind of guy. I think Eddie Bravo is the perfect example of the guy, and it's interesting to think that back in the 90's he was not the super skeptic man he is today, but still a total master of his craft.

Doesn't take much to become successful and trick the masses into following a theory or a certain news story that may or may not be false. Just look at how divided the mainstream media is, I honestly think that's what creates this huge divide. The corporate's interest is always top priority.
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
The world is crazy and sometimes people process things in a way that would let them jump to conclusions right away, or there are those with skepticism. Sometimes these two things mix and create the "Waldo is mos def in this iSpy book bro" kind of guy.
OK, sure.
But is the world crazy because all world's information is now broadcast everywhere ?
There was world turmoil before cellphones and before the internet.....
It's just that now, turmoil (and craziness) shows up daily on peoples media devices and TV.... but it's always been there, even if locally, before the internet.

Look at the Waldo puzzles....crazy activity, and the goal is to find one figure among it all.... basically trying to ignore the rest, almost to futility.
 

deirdre

Senior Member.
.... but it's always been there, even if locally, before the internet.
nah. people knew what clouds looked like (for the most part) before the internet. now you have a lot of people freaking out about "killer clouds" o_O
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
nah. people knew what clouds looked like (for the most part) before the internet. now you have a lot of people freaking out about "killer clouds" o_O
....I was speaking of "all" crazy world news, not just clouds. (but you are right about clouds)
There were political turmoils, border turmoils, natural disaster turmoils...all turmoils.

FLAVORABLE EDIT:
(Say "turmiols" 10 times in a row, I dare you.)
 
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mazoola

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Sounds almost like Tooth-Fairy Science as performed by non-scientists.

Both seem different from your typical a priori reasoning, as the flaw isn't necessarily in beginning an investigation in order to reach a predetermined conclusion, but in choosing what or where to investigate -- or even in choosing whether to investigate at all.
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
Perhaps the search for Waldo (in my analogous version) is like trying to find the Tooth Fairy, or Santa.
They're not really there.

Disclosure: Some conspiracies turn out real, but usually they are of a smaller statute (status) than the popular large conspiracies that are suggested on-line.
 
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