Almost all soothsayers thrive on human gullibility of falling for such cliché, platitudes and tomfoolery! The most successful of these practitioners are expert confidence tricksters!
A dozen suckers are born every minute, eh!
Fakes beat the original in being arousing and holding the attention of people by being more entertaining and interesting. That is because they are not trammeled by being the original!
That explains the phenomenal success of The Onion and such parodies.
If the original is reclusive and enigmatic, and also successful, then we have to look for rumors and fakes to satiate our inherent clamor for gossip and scandal! As the world is full of people who love to sweeten their tea with a pinch of tittle-tattle and mild scandal, there will be no dearth of resources to cater to such needy!
Now we have a highly successful and enigmatic celebrity, who prefers to keep his private life out of arc lamps and depicts and attitude of “My personal life is nobody’s business”. Doesn’t he fit the bill to be the most likely candidate for being faked! But there is another spin-off benefit too – call it “collateral” if you like – for the adventurous and the innovative faker! He becomes instantly famous!
Every event and every story has many sides. Some are told, but much remain hidden. But the hidden part, or the twisted part does the most damage. Even if the real truth – truth always has several versions – gets unraveled, it will be too late. Human mind has so much inertia that it only tends to believe and act on what lodges there first. This susceptibility of humans is exploited ingeniously by clever manipulators with vested interests to embark on subtle social engineering. Spreading half truths and provocative suggestions cause lot of irreversible damage to the mankind.
I am alluding to the revelations by two bloggers that a few unpublished cartoons (purported to be fakes) were added to the notorious Danish cartoons with a view to whip up passions. You can read the posts of Gateway Pundit and Astute Blogger to dig more.
God save the motherland from the peddlers of hatred (of all hues).