Thanks to the internet, any little conspiracy theory spreads like a bush fire. Forget about the many stories making the social media active, there have been countless stories of purportedly dead celebrities, all of them proving a hoax in the end. A conspiracy can be only defined as a distinct group of persons working in unison for a shady deal. In the streets, however, conspiracy theories can be plausible or unlikely, true of half-true and everything in between.
Similar to any other sweet rumor running dominating the internet, some of them carry an iota of truth while others are merely baseless. If you are witty and tech-savvy, chances are you are aware of the over-two-decade old phone and cancer conspiracy theory. Several scientific reports have refuted claims that phones are cancerous albeit several blogs still strive to make the lie true. Forget about this one, you can have a look at these conspiracy web stories.
It is believed that since the onset of the PC era, companies sabotage their products to encourage customers to ditch their existing gadgets for the latest. All they do is ensure that their clients behave in a way that benefits the firm. One particularly common theory is Apple’s feature of making iTunes for PC eccentric in a bid to discourage users from using their product in a PC that isn’t their product.
Have you ever heard of the infamous Halloween Documents? Microsoft was the undisputed leader of PCs in the 1990s. Their rise into the helm was anyone’s guess and, of course, subject to endless theories. The Halloween Documents in 1998, however, sparked a new controversy in the firm’s view of the then-rising use of free and open source software including Linux. From the memos, it was evident that even with their famous FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) marketing strategy, an element of fear was evident.
As if that wasn’t enough, Microsoft, in a bid to discourage DR-DOS users, developed an automatic “error message.” The message was meant to scare them off and hopefully hop for their MS-DOS. The most sinister web conspiracy story was the Wingdings and the NYC. In 1992, it was alleged that if you entered NYC into Wingdings, the images generated were a skull, a Star of David, and a thumbs-up illustration. It was seen as a deliberate anti-Semitic message albeit the same theory circulated after 9/11.
If you think conspiracies in the technology are limited to software and hardware, you may be forgiven. Employee poaching is a phenomenon so rife in the tech-rich Silicon Valley. It was alleged that in a bid to stop poaching, top firms agreed not to raise their employees’ wages. There have been several lawsuits against the same, at least revealing some truth in it.
How about the infamous chess showdown between Garry Kasparov and IBM supercomputer Deep Blue? Kasparov publicly questioned the firm and its tact and human intervention during game time. Finally, the father of all web conspiracy stories is the NSA and the world stories. Is the National Security Agency planning a serious move against natives and foreigners in the US? Indeed the internet will never cease spreading rumors. Nonetheless, some of these conspiracies are true, only that their time hasn’t arrived yet.