Depressing as it sounds, somewhere an ego-inflated millennial in a suit is sitting in a clinical non-descript office, drawing up a marketing plan for the next topic everyone will be talking about. Drumming up a storm so people can #this and #that just for online clicks and giggles and the projected explosion of social media sheep.
The conscious mainstream exposure of President Trump’s favourite mot d’année – and Collins Dictionary Word of the Year – ‘fake news’, has seen bloggers and media alike create, sorry, report the news they think we should be paying attention to. From global election interference, rocket launches from pantomime villains or the latest airbrushed duck-faced selfie from any member of the Kardashian clan, we’re being told what’s important. The fringe community is no different. Commentators, researchers and ‘insiders’ alike keen to latch on to the latest topic and suddenly everyone is an expert screaming “Hey, look at me!”
One of the more curious stories that the all-knowing continually refer is that of a 500 year old Turkish map which, they say, shows Antarctica as a tropical paradise rather than a frozen wasteland. In the first of a regular series our old friend Doug McKay sticks his size 12s in and says enough is enough.
“Being your typical irate Scotsman I naturally have many a bug to bear. Apart from the obvious political grudges this ranges from smartphone obsessed numpties and their Instagram-filtered selfies, to those cretins who think the world is flat. Aye, that’s right, I went there. I don’t do social media, at all, and the only reason I have email is so I don’t have to buy stamps. My Nokia mobile phone is over ten years old, but it works, and that’s fine by me. So when I was asked by this magazine’s illustrious editor to “pick a fight” we discussed a couple of things. One thing jumped out at me straight away – The Piri Reis map. For those of you who have never heard of the cursed thing we’ll start with a wee history lesson….”
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