Between anti-vaccine and flat-earth rants, conspiracy theorists occasionally come up with interesting and provocative ideas. The “dead Internet theory” is a good example.
According to The Atlantic, this theory suggests that the Internet as we know it died sometime between 2016-2017. This does not necessarily mean that the Internet has disappeared. Instead, the majority of “people” you see online posting content to websites, updating social media and commenting are bots.
According to The Dead Internet Theory, The Internet is Full Of Bots
The Macintosh Cafe on Agora Road is the source of one of the most popular explanations of the theory. IlluminatiPirate, an anonymous user created a thread in the forum titled Dead Internet Theory – Most of the Internet Is Fake. It is about how much of the internet AI creates and manages now, and it is full of bots.
The theorist stated that he had seen the same threads, photos and answers over and over over the years and considered it normal.
The Network of networks has been destroyed by corporations who work with the government to spread propaganda and make it difficult for real users to purchase products. Shadowy puppeteers are needed to pull the strings.
“I think it’s completely obvious what I’m subtly suggesting here given this setup,” IlluminatiPirate wrote in the thread. “The United States government is engaged in psychological warfare powered artificial intelligence of the whole world population.”
You know what?
There may be truths in this conspiracy theory as with all good conspiracy theories. It is clear that the Internet of today is vastly different than it was a few years back.
The online world becomes more complex as algorithms get more sophisticated and is subject to the will of a few corporations ( BigTech in particular). The online world we see is often the result AI and algorithms, sometimes with very sensitive and stupid judgments. These are driving users away from “organic”, authentic experiences. It is lonely and, frankly, scary.
Users can be encouraged by the fact, however, that much of what they consume online, including memes, TikToks and aggravating tweets is still being created real people… at least for the moment.