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The collapse at the end of 2018. Despite massive resistance, her mother managed to get Anna to see a psychologist. Their diagnosis was: anxiety disorder and depression. She took months to mention the thing with the chemtrails to her therapist. Since then, she has accompanied the specialist on a volatile exit process. “Sometimes I doubt my doubts,” says Anna. "Maybe they do spray after all."
Fight against aluminum hats: in the beginning it was fun, now a project
Giulia Silberberger was annoyed - by a conspiracy theory group that hogged their news feed. To get rid of the plague, she became a member, then wanted to quit quickly and block the contributions. At least that's what she intended to do. “I somehow got stuck, found people and exchanged ideas with them,” she says. First of all, she cracked jokes in the comment columns and made conspiracy theory believers aware of how absurd their mind games are.
The initial fun turned into a serious project in 2014. In that year Giulia Silberberger founded the non-profit organization "Der goldene Aluhut" (dergoldenealuhut.de). With him, she has been campaigning against conspiracy theories - ideological abuse, as she calls it. For example, she and her team go to schools and help young people with media literacy. Getting through to a conspiracy ideologist is almost impossible, so prevention is crucial.
Nazis in Neuschwabenland: "really great shit"
That is one part of Giulia Silberberger's work, the other is to observe relevant conspiracy theory forums and groups. To do this, she uses fake profiles in various social networks. It is shocking to see how many a person would end up in the Jewish world conspiracy through a stroke of fate, such as an illness in the family, alternative healing methods and the rejection of the conventional pharmaceutical industry.
Each of these theories is potentially dangerous, but some are entertaining. Giulia Silberberger's personal favorite: Nazis in Neuschwabenland. Supporters of this idea believe that after the Second World War the Nazis fled to Neuschwabenland in the Arctic and entered the interior of the world. The German Reich continued to exist there. "This is really awesome shit and would be a great template for science fiction films," she says and laughs.
With humor against fake news: how the philosopher works
Philipp Hübl also deals with strange worldviews. In his book "Bullshit Resistance", the philosophy professor analyzes why we are so susceptible to fake news or conspiracy theories and develops strategies on how we can protect ourselves against it. Short-term solutions, he believes, are focus, common sense, and humor.
For example, if you satirically exaggerate a false news, you can use the logic of attention against the liars. For long-term success, Philipp Hübl advises not to rely on gut instinct. Instead, one has to switch from an intuitive to an analytical style of thinking. That means not to simplify, but to endure that the world is complex. That's exactly what Anna is trying to do. It is still difficult for her.
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