Twiter is full of alarmist people, who get carried away by false information, anti-vaccine people and cancellations. All of that was predicted by The Simpsons.
The Simpsons … seriously, they seem to understand humanity more than any other series or person. The thing is, every prediction they hit hits the mark, especially when we realize that, many, times, more than supernatural predictions, these are made thanks to a very detailed observation of human behavior.
Fakes news, anti-vaccines and cancellations
Sure, many times it seems that they are magicians but in this episode they really jumped the fence by predicting what the news is like, and people in general, would behave on the Internet.
The episode is the sixth of season 12 and It is called « The Computer Wore Menace Shoes » or in Spanish: « Amenaza computing »
Here we can see Homer acquiring a computer and, not knowing what to do with it, creates a website where he begins to publish false news based on unsubstantiated rumors under the pseudonym of Mr. X.
These rumors turn out to be mostly true and this results in arrests and public cancellations of others. The problem comes when you run out of news after revealing your identity, so you start making up news to stay relevant.
Invent new discovered species and, furthermore, invent that flu vaccines can make the government control your mind. Which Flanders takes as true and does not vaccinate his children, who obviously look very sick.
Already with all that we can realize that They knew how people would react to fake news online: accepting everything when they read without investigating, but things get more interesting.
Homer is kidnapped and taken to a mysterious island where he is assigned the name « 5 » and is confirmed that vaccines really control people’s minds so that they consume more at Christmas. When Homer manages to escape, the chief of this island tells him that they are going to cancel Homer, with those exact words. Very interesting and scary at the same time, don’t you think?