I’ve spoken many times about 5G here in the UK. The conspiracy theories surrounding the safety and health of 5G technology really kicked into high gear as we all went into a prolonged coronavirus lockdown. People spent more time inside browsing the web and getting sucked into Facebook groups which didn’t always tell the truth about 5G. At best these groups sought to question the technology, at worst they post ever more outlandish theories which get picked up and augmented across social media. The result of that, as we’ve seen, is masts being set alight and people blaming 5G for causing the coronavirus.
During my bits of research for the previous stories, I joined a number of “Stop 5G” groups on Facebook. Many of these got closed down shortly after by Facebook as they tried to stem the flow of misinformation. However, I logged into Facebook recently and forgot about these subscriptions. Some were still active, and there was the usual daily dose of “They’re secretly installing 60GHz 5G everywhere” posts.
However, if you dig down things get proper weird. After a few hours in these groups you start to realise that there’s a couple of types of contributor. The first is someone who posts something that they believe is true (but probably isn’t), the second is someone who purposefully posts something that they know isn’t true, but they just post it for kicks. Everyone else usually agrees or comes up with similar theories and everything gets augmented.
In a semi-regular look at some of these posts, I decided to call this “5G Conspiracy Friday”. Today it all starts with someone asking if 5G is causing a high-pitched noise in their ears at night. Now, for me that sounds like tinnitus, but instead “Anna Anna” wants to place the blame on a local mobile mast.
This leads to a gentleman called “Keith Korittky” (who’s a NRA member and has a very weird Facebook profile which I won’t go into), replying with his own home remedy. The grammar isn’t great, but he’s basically promoting his own DIY Faraday cage…
Now, I took the opportunity to ask him if his longer sleep was perhaps connected with the fact that his alarm clock-radio wasn’t receiving radio signals (due to the aluminium meshing), but he’s declined to respond. Either way, if you want to create your own Faraday cage and block radio signals, just .. errm.. just do this. I’m sure it’ll provide your bedroom with a rather “industrial” charm.