2.5 million views of two minutes and eighteen seconds of stupid

What? More conspiracy nonsense making the rounds? I’m shocked! No I’m not. I’m tired of this s**t and that’s exactly what it is. It’s making people paranoid and STUPID.

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It’s 2:18 long, and it makes basically one claim: that a video of the second plane crashing into the World Trade Center’s south tower shows the plane passing a building that, says the voice on the video, is “clearly behind the south tower.” Yet the plane’s wing disappears behind the building. According to the person who made the video, this is indisputable evidence of a “layering CGI glitch” (note the technical language), and thus the whole thing is obviously a hoax, something, something government control, media conspiracy, blah blah blah.

The video was originally posted May 27. When last I checked, it had more than 2.5 million hits.

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Howard Lewis at Skeptical Review tips us off about the skeptical reviews (appropriately enough) by Mike Hall (Skeptics with a K podcast) and Steven Novella (Skeptics Guide to the Universe, his blog on it here).

Mike Hall does a bang up job of investigating and debunking the video. Hall comes to this conclusion based upon a reasonable investigation of available evidence, and he explains how he did it.

Tim Farley posted on his SkepTools blog about it.

A number of skeptics including Steve Novella took a stab at this footage, most getting only part of the debunk correct. But Mike manages to completely destroy the video, using the 3D features of Apple maps and his knowledge of how digital video encoding tools work.

I love this. I love that people who KNEW this was nonsense but not just declare it; they were able to show conclusively that it indeed was. There was bunkum to be debunked. There are now several places (and another, here) that refute the authenticity of that conspiracy idea that people can find if they want to inquire. This is what we need: people working together, showing how it can be done. Some of us to science stuff, some do legal stuff, some do video and music stuff, some do literature stuff, some do medical stuff. Together we have true expertise that trounced the yahoos promoting misinformation. I don’t care if you call us shills. You are threatened by sound explanations that don’t support your fantasy.

We need to be the rational voice. Because no one else will be.

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  9 comments for “2.5 million views of two minutes and eighteen seconds of stupid

  1. Indrid Cole
    June 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    By the time the second plane showed up there were dozens of videos taken from all different angles showing it hitting the building.

  2. Adam
    June 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    It doesn’t matter how much time someone takes to debunk this derp, it will still become parroted over and over again for ever. Look how many still assert “free fall” collapses for example. If a truther is slapped down for using it, they’ll move onto asserting another debunked argument. And so on ad nauseum.

  3. Ken C
    June 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Sadly this nonsense is like “whack-a-mole” and just as you swipe one out of the road with a rational explanation then another pops up … just like this.

  4. Eisbein
    June 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    To me the real tragedy is, that there are people who lost relatives and friends in those planes, and now some person or group of people want to look them in the eye and tell them it never happened!

  5. Paul
    June 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    100,000 hours? That… that’s over 11 years, isn’t it????
    WOW

    • Bill T.
      June 11, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      31,557,600 seconds in a year. 2,500,000 views * 138 seconds = 345,000,000 seconds of viewing. 345,000,000 seconds / 31,557,600 seconds/year = 10.93 years, probably more now. What a depressing number.

  6. James G
    June 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    We need to differentiate between the core of the conspiracy movement, and the peripheral people who are curious, but sincerely interested in the truth.

    It’s very hard to move the core. Skepticism moves the periphery and gives them the tools needed to make an informed decision. It prevents the core group from getting any bigger.

    • spookyparadigm
      June 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Know how and why the “interested” get there, and get to them first. I think that may be the only way.

      Once in, pushing on facts will make people become more committed to the belief, since they probably are committed to it for personal reasons not having really to do with the belief.

  7. Brian
    June 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Layered CGI glitch, huh… I saw the debunking of this thing. They explained it as some sort of slow motion video computer coming up with frames thing, etc.

    I think that if this was “cgi”… never mind the witnesses, the plane parts, etc. If there was going to be a real, true coverup like this, the CGI would pass muster to all but experts. The average tin foil wearing person would be hard pressed to spot it, especially with the resources the govt has- hell- look at Babylon 5- They had a bunch of computers running Lightwave, and managed better effects… *I* could create better CGI with a decent computer. And time.

    After seeing some comments on a few unrelated websites- I have the feeling that people by and large have lost the capacity to think, reason, or even be a real skeptic. See- if these people could replicate the results ON a computer… they’d have a better chance at convincing people. But- that takes work, talent, and brains. :P

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