Moon landing and the truth

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2019. July 20th in the year 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon. The moon landing is portrayed in the 2018 drama First Man, and 2019’s Apollo 11, which was rolled out to theatres all over the world since March that year.

In New Zealand, the documentary was first played on the day of the anniversary of the moon landing, at the New Zealand International Film Festival. This is a significant date to show the film as it exactly coincides with the same day of the moon landing which reminds me that the showing of the film was like that of a world premiere. It was a special showing.

The landing is accepted by the majority, but there are those who have long contended that it never happened. Hoax theory debunkers successfully countered the conspiracy theorists who said that the moon landing never happened. They still maintain their stance, even in the light of the vast majority.

The new films about the moon landing added to the consensus and Apollo 11 was, according to one review, a straightforward account of the moon landing as you will get. However, that does mean conspiracy theorists will not take exception to the documentary.

But could they be right? We are told in universities and colleges that the majority, on any issue, could be wrong. That the minority voice may be true. At this point, the evidence is plainly presented to show what is true.

Even with the evidence, there are those who hold to the genuinely held belief that the moon landing did not happen. I, for one, have come to see that conspiracy theories are to be expected no matter the evidence to the contrary. Conspiracy theorists do not have the ability to reflect and change their views.

According to some, the media have fuelled conspiracy theories of the moon landing. Recently deceased folklorist Linda Dégh said “The mass media catapult these half-truths into a kind of twilight zone where people can make their guesses sound as truths. Mass media have a terrible impact on people who lack guidance.” (Wired magazine, September 01, 1994).

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