Since I don’t visit forums very often — and I don’t think I’ve even found time for Facebook in the past year or so — I rely on friends to note social media posts about the Mandela Effect.
I’m grateful for those friends’ insights, because they’ve put a recent problem into a broader context. I thought the issue was only at this website, but now it seems more widespread.
Here’s what’s going on:
Lately, I’ve seen an increase in odd, shallow comments left at this website. I usually send them to the Trash.
According to a few friends, similar comments are appearing at Reddit and other discussion sites.
Those comments are posted under a variety of usernames and IP numbers. Other than that, they’re remarkably consistent.
- Most — not all — open with an almost apologetic line like, “This is going to sound crazy, but…”
- Then, the comment wanders into easily dismissed topics of religion or conspiracies, or both. A few bring UFOs into the mix.
- Finally, each comment usually includes a link to YouTube, generally to a video that’s supposedly related to the Mandela Effect. (The few I checked were only loosely Mandela Effect-ish. One mentioned “Mandela Effect” in a single sentence; that was all.)
The odd part is, the phrasing of those comments is consistent. The use of language — words and phrases — follows a specific pattern. Ordinarily, I’d attribute the writing to a single person, even if they’re trying to sound different. (Most people can’t conceal their natural speech patterns in writing, no matter how they try.)
The tactic isn’t very clever, but — if you’re not familiar with this technique for flooding forums, etc., to discredit a topic — you might take some of those comments seriously. That does matter, if this is an effort to dilute important Mandela Effect comments.
Or, this might be the natural progression of the Diffusion of Innovations curve, related to this topic.
Or, it could be both… or something else, altogether. (For all I know, it’s someone hoping to get lots of YouTube views to earn advertising commissions.)
If you’ve seen an increase in vapid, nonsensical, and extreme comments on this topic: It’s not a fair representation of those serious about the Mandela Effect. The less attention paid to those comments, the better. And please, don’t waste your time on their YouTube efforts.
[UPDATE: Since posting this article, the comments I described have come to an abrupt halt. Not even one claiming to be “different” or “sincere,” which is unusual, after I speak up on this kind of issue. So, I think it’s safe to assume those comments had an agenda. I don’t know (or care) what it was; I’m just relieved they’ve stopped.]