Object 2: Article about the conspiracy
May 27, 2021
This article was published on 13 April 2020 discussing the microchip conspiracy stated by Roger Stone (American political consultant). Fruen (2020) stated Stone’s comment, ‘Here is what I do know for certain. He and other globalists are definitely using it for mandatory vaccinations and microchipping people so we know if they’ve been tested. ‘ This was controversial because the expert has a huge power to control and influence people since he has experience working on campaigns of Republican politicians.
This article is particularly interesting for this exhibition because according to the research done by YouGov, 44% of Republicans believe that Bill Gates will use coronavirus vaccines to inject them with microchips and only 26% of people answered that it is a lie (Brown and Weise 2020). People tend to believe anything stated or proven by experts since they are considered to be reliable and trustworthy from their fame or popularity. In fact, after the publication of his statement, a lot of people believed him and rejected getting vaccines.
This article and conspiracy itself also enrich this exhibition because Bill Gates officially denied the theory. The reaction by him against this theory also made people believe that the conspiracy declared by Stone is not reliable but Gates is due to the reputation they have. Some people believed the conspiracy that seemed bizarre and ridiculous to others because they do not trust vaccines. Those theories are then embraced and accepted by them to justify that feeling. However most people believed Bill Gates who is the expert because he is prominent; he founded Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest computer software company, donated $1.6 billion for immunization in lower-income countries and changed the lifestyles of people while there is a fact that Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison (Brown and Weise 2020). Hence evaluation, reputation and perception of experts by the public change the way people think and who to believe.