Special thanks to Robin Campbell, from the YouTube Channel Liftin the Lid and also one of the organizers of the Globe Lie UK Convention in Sept. 2019, who alerted me to this piece. Robin conducted an interview with the Telegraph and mentioned that I had been invited to speak and a little bit about my body of work – specifically the Faking Space Video Series. Robin was quoted in the article and Faking Space was mentioned, as well.
It appears many of the mainstream articles covering the flat earth community are becoming more fair and balanced, and this is a good example. While it does not include the evidence for why we think the way we do, it doesn’t resort to blatantly making fun of, insulting, or attempting to paint a picture that isn’t true. The link for the article is below, which was published March 8, 2019. I have also included the full text as a subscription to the Telegraph article is required.
‘Space is fake’: the new conspiracy coming to life online
By Hasan Chowdhury
8 MARCH 2019 • 9:00PM
Precisely 50 years ago, Apollo 9 took three astronauts into low Earth orbit, where two of them opened a hatch into the void to perform a spacewalk – a crucial step to the Moon Landings. This week, a new chapter in America’s space programme came to a triumphant close when Elon Musk’s SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean, having successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS).
But today, a large and growing number of people will insist that none of the above ever happened. Apollo 9, Apollo 11, the Dragon Capsule, the ISS – they dismiss it all. And not because of the decades-old conspiracy theory that the moon landings were hoaxed by Nasa, but because of an emerging belief that the entire edifice of space is fake.
It is, inevitably, a predominantly online movement. There, amid a handful of trolls, countless tweets, videos and blogs pumped out by passionate “planers” are winning huge audiences by lending credence to the idea that the entire architecture of our solar system as we know it is a fraud.
They and fellow believers rally under the hashtagged banner: #spaceisfake.
One video shared on YouTube explaining the “space is fake” conspiracy has racked up 1.6m views after being uploaded just two weeks ago.
To many, it is the logical extension of a firmly held belief that the Earth is flat – that we live not on a planet, but a vast plane.
Indeed, later this year a “Globe Lie Convention” is due to take place over a series of weekends across Europe, from Kidderminster to Amsterdam, with attendees paying between £55-£700 to hear from speakers including the man behind an American YouTube channel known as “Paul on the Plane” whose video series “Faking Space” has been watched millions of times and is now in its third season.
“We are trying to make sense of the environment having discovered the globe model doesn’t stack up,” claims Robin Campbell, one of the organisers behind the convention. He and his companions suspect that “our human civilisation [is] actually inside a Truman Show-like enclosed system” – referring to the celebrated 1998 film starring Jim Carrey.
Carrey’s character, Truman Burbank, eventually discovers that his entire life is staged on a vast television set for the entertainment of a huge outside audience. By contrast, the reality behind #spaceisfake is still being thrashed out by its adherents.
One camp believes that space is merely an artificial light show projected above our flat, endless plain of land and sea.
Another views Earth as disc-shaped, enclosed at the edges by an Antarctic ice wall with space a dome-like firmament sitting on top.
What all agree on is that the standard geometry, geophysics – and even gravity – of Earth, as we are told it, is a lie. “We all know #spaceisfake and #NasaLies,” a user called @AwakenFlatEarth this week tweeted to Elon Musk and William Shatner – who played Star Trek’s Captain Kirk. “Who are we kidding?”
Such beliefs, it’s fair to say, make a radical departure from the more-widely accepted theory that the Earth is a sphere hurtling through the cosmos at 67,000 mph.
But what about the stars, and those satellites out in space, visible with a telescope, that govern our internet, and global positioning system?
There is no evidence for satellites orbiting the planet, Space is Fakers fervently claim, and photos taken by the likes of Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite, which captures an image of the Earth every 10 minutes, are just the result of CGI wizardry. To prove their point, they point to glitches and video bloopers which, they say, reveal the constant manipulation going on.
Many scientists, understandably, are at a loss for words. But the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has, on many occasions, attempted to engage and debunk such theories.
Doing so, it turns out, is not as easy at it might seem. When he points out that “we have video from space of the rotating spherical Earth”, Space is Fakers claim the reality is Photoshopped nonsense, that the familiar pictures of our globe from orbit are what they call “Blue Balls”.
The aims of the conspiracy are as unclear as its delivery, but according to some Space is Fake “truthers”, centre around the desire of the elites to keep the masses subjugated by posing the threat of alien invasion – something only possible if space exists.
And that, says Viren Swami, an academic at Anglia University who specialises in conspiracy theories, is typical.
“There are often rational reasons why people believe in conspiracy theories and this has to do with both individual experiences but also the lack of transparency, the lack of ability to critique and to view what’s happening in big organisations,” he explains.
To Swami, it’s quite clear what needs to be done. Rather than take the “ironic or sometimes quite dismissive attitude”, scientists can, in actual fact, be more inviting, demonstrating to “more level-headed conspiracy theorists” how they go about collating data in the name of science.
It remains a lonely task, pulling the wool from the eyes of the world. But for the most dedicated Space is Fakers, that only fosters solidarity.
“What’s bringing people together is it’s not easy to share with friends and family for fear of being isolated,” says Robin Campbell. And, he says, they’re winning more and more people round to their way of thinking. “The growth of this movement is exponential.”