You know a topic has gone mainstream when it finds its way into a parody song by Weird Al Yankovic (left). Weird Al’s video, “Foil,” is a lighthearted take on conspiracy theorists, a small but colorful segment of our population sometimes referred to as people who wear tin-foil hats.
You know who I’m talking about: the tiny segment of the population who see conspiracies everywhere. Black helicopters coming over the ridge. A New World Order led by the United Nations. A global economy run by and for the Tri-Lateral Commission. The Kennedy assassinations. Area 51. Gun control. President Obama’s birthplace.
As utility communicators, we sometimes have to engage with these folks in the context of advanced digital meters. And yes, before people get all worked up, “tin-foil hat people” is a pejorative term, as is its predecessor, the “flat-earth society.” But these are descriptive terms being used by some utility officials, typically behind closed doors, to describe people who fiercely oppose deployment of advanced digital meters. Read more »