My mission is not to ridicule flat-earthers – CNN, Vice, and anyone with a 7th-grade education and an internet connection have flogged that horse way past its death.
No, when I first emailed FEIC conference organiser Robbie Davidson, I just wanted to understand this logic-defying movement.
But, the more I questioned the multifarious band of self-proclaimed conspiracy theorists that represent “flat earth theory”, the more I found myself trying to devise my own conspiracy as to how this obviously flawed ideology could flourish in the information age.
There is no accepted model of what the flat earth is – some say our planet is enclosed by a giant dome, others believe a giant ice wall lines the earth’s edges.
Flat-earthers have no leader, although a select few money hungry YouTubers vie daily for their clicks.
And, as far as I can tell, aside from believing that the earth is flat, there is no underlying ideology that binds believers together. Some flat-earthers are Wiccan vegan feminists, some are gun-toting libertarians, and more than a few are “the end is nigh” Christian proselytizers.
I’m not going to try and explain who flat-earthers are, what they believe, or when the movement started to really gather steam.
I’m going to explain why they even exist. Read more