How Many People Know About the Illuminati? Episode 1

Uploaded by EddyTheCat7 on 31.12.2012

This is the first of a series of short videos about the spread of beliefs in the Illuminati.
In Episode 1 we’re examining evidence contained in Google Zeitgeist 2012.
Whether or not you believe in the Illuminati, many do. Millions of people from most countries,
cultures and religions believe that various branches of a psychopathic, Satanic, paedophilic
cult have over centuries inveigled themselves into positions of power as part of a plan
to take over the world.
The Google 2012 Zeitgeist report was published in December 2012. It summarises trillions
of searches made by billions of Google users and reveals that in four countries interest
in the Illuminati is running higher than ever before. In the UK, Kenya, South Africa and
Sweden the question “what is the Illuminati” features amongst Google’s top and trending
searches. And as these are “What Is” searches we can safely assume that here we are looking
at numbers of newcomers to the idea.
Let’s start with the UK, which has around 53 million internet users. In early 2013 the
UK continues to be rocked by media phone hacking scandals and revelations that the mainstream
media had covered up child abuse by celebrities, politicians and members of the establishment.
According to the 2012 World Internet Report, UK surfers trust the internet more than the
mainstream media. And 2012 polls show that only around 1 in 5 Britons trust the government
and Parliament. Refs:
And now the question What Is the Illuminati appears here at number 9 in Google Zeigeist.
Here, using Google Trends we can see the search volume from 2005 to 2012 for Illuminati searches
in the UK; note the steep peaks of interest. There was a smaller surge back in 2004-5 but
that was probably due to interest in Dan Brown films. This section here represents Google’s
prediction that volumes will continue to increase. We can also see the search topics – at the
moment the emphasis is on celebrity so we can conclude that this interest is being fuelled
partly by discussions about the Illuminati in the music industry. Here, just for interest
I want to show you here that Google lists Lambeth as being a top location for Illuminati
searches. The MI6 building is in Lambeth – so are we watching them watching us here?
Anyway, Google Adwords tells us that this number of searches is currently around 600
000 per month. That would work out at over 7 million per year. Searches, though, not
people. But it still represents a huge increase in the number of newcomers to these ideas.
Now, conspiracy is already pretty well rooted in the UK. Around 1 in 4 of around 37million
young Britons believe that there was a conspiracy surrounding 911. 1 in 4 of 56 million Britons
of all ages don’t believe in global warming and 1 in 3 believe that Diana was murdered.
And according to the website ranking tool Alexa David Icke’s website is around the
500th most popular site in the UK and has been for a while – it’s more popular than
the Oxford and Cambridge university websites. Going back to Google Zeitgeist 2010, we can
see here that Infowars’ Alex Jones was one of the UK’s fastest rising searches. That
was the year a Demos report appeared trying to link conspiracy with terrorism. However,
in 2011 a peer reviewed article was published in the UK contradicting this and stating that
hundreds of millions of believers around the world were mixing conspiracy with non-violent
spirituality. Another way beliefs in the Illuminati are
spreading is through religion. The only growing branch of Christianity in the UK is Pentecostalism
with an estimated 300 000 Christians attending church each week; one young Londoner I interviewed
recently about his firm belief in the Illuminati stated that his Pentecostal parents had given
him a video series to watch called the Truth about Hip Hop. Ideas about the Illuminati
are also popular amongst young Muslims, of which there are an estimated 700 000 in the
UK Based on these and other empirical research
we will be presenting later on in this series, we estimate that as many as 50% of Britons
between the ages of 18 and 24 – that’s around 18 million - may have heard of the
Illuminati but it is not likely that more than 5 million are believers.
Now we’re going to examine Kenya. Here’s the search at number 6 – what is Illuminati.
Now, this is no surprise; ideas about the Illuminati seem to have entered mainstream
Kenyan culture. These headlines from the Kenyan mainstream media are seen by millions of internet
users. The current buzz concerns the publication of a new book about the Illuminati and Freemasonry
in East Africa. Back in 1999 a Presidential Commission set up to investigate devil worship
implicated Freemasonry. Kenya is no stranger to conspiracy in general:
Kenyans are superstitious, dogged by poverty and distrust their government and electoral
processes. This mainstream newspaper tells us that in 2010, theories about government
bombing its people had Facebook, Twitter and Kenyan blogs “humming”.
Kenya has an ethnically diverse population of around 43 million but only around 12 million
have access to the internet. These are mostly young people surfing on mobiles. 83% of Kenyans
are Christians, 50% of the total population is charismatic Christian and are 11% Moslems
so it is also possible that Illuminati rumours are spreading offline via churches and mosques.
Google Trends confirms that the volume of Illuminati keyword searches on Kenya is soaring.
These are politically concerned; questions about Obama being Illuminati feature twice.
According to Google Adwords, that’s 175 000 searches per month – around 2 million
a year. Just for comparison Google tells us that the TV show Eva Luna is Kenya’s most
searched for – yet there are only 120 000 searches per month about that.
Judging by these figures, it’s quite possible that 15 - 20% of all Kenyans have heard about
the Illuminati. They may not believe in it but that’s 7 million people and increasing.
Now to South Africa – What is Illuminati – rising up the list to number 3. 34% of
South Africa’s total population of 49 million – that’s around 17 million use the internet.
According to a recent World Internet Project report, these are predominantly young, black
cell phone users, some of whom are very poor. The country is mostly made up of Christians
and practitioners of African religions so rumours might also be spreading through these
communities.most-sa-internet-users-are-black Polls indicate that South Africans are extremely
concerned about poverty and corruption. The country has the highest incidence of AIDs
in Africa. This mainstream news article, taken from the archives of South Africa’s news
provider reports that in September 2000, the South African health minister was distributing
amongst ministers Bill Cooper’s Beyond a Pale Horse in an effort to convince them that
the Illuminati was behind the AIDS epidemic. Trends shows us South Africa’s steep increase
in Illuminati searches, and this looks set to continue. Alongside the political concerns
we can see musical interest reflected in the topics. Google Adwords tells us that around
350 000 searches per month are being made about the Illuminati.
Google aside, over 25 000 people viewed this post about the Illuminati in South Africa
on a mainstream South African forum. The conspiracy site GodlikeProductions is South Africa’s
350th most popular website and 13 000 South Africans every month visit the Vigilant Citizen
website, which is all about the Illuminati. Taking these facts into consideration, we
estimate that 25% of South African internet users – that’s about 8% of the total population
– or around 4 million – have heard about the Illuminati. Probably 50% of these believe
it exists. Finally to Sweden, home of the controversial
Pirate Party, which now has 16 000 members. What is Illuminati features at no 7 in the
most searched for category. Now, Sweden has around 9 million surfers. According to the
World Internet Project, while Swedish boys are gaming, 50% of Swedish girls aged 12 are
blogging, or active on blogs – this may be a means by which information spreads. Swedes
also feel confident to criticise their government on the internet, although according to the
Corruption Perceptions Index, their country is the fourth least corrupt country in the
world. Here’s the Trends graph – rising and forecast
to continue. We can see here that the search topics are fairly balanced between serious
political and music industry; one of them is Illuminati Wiki and we know from Wikipedia’s
Most Viewed 2012 that its Swedish Illuminati entry was viewed by around 200 000 people.
Adwords tells us that 52 000 Illuminati searches are being conducted per month in Sweden. Don’t
forget that these are new surfers. Recently, Aftonbladet, Sweden’s leading
internet news outlet and fifth most popular website, published an article about the Illuminati
so these ideas are entering the mainstream and we can expect to see search volumes peaking.
Historical reasons for increase in Illuminati interest in Sweden could be the ongoing activity
of Vaken, a grassroots network of journalists and activists publicising conspiracy realism,
whose Swedish language website receives 30 – 40 000 unique visitors per month. And
in September 2012, a Swedish politician, Pernilla Hagberg, ignited a discussion about chemtrails
in the mainstream media – people following up on chemtrail websites could easily have
encountered information about the Illuminati. The popular Vigilant Citizen website, which
deals with Illuminati symbolism in the entertainment industry is popular in Sweden – it is the
211th most popular website in the Boras municipality. Other websites popular in Sweden include Henry
Makow and Infowars. Based on this information we estimate that
as many as 2 million Swedes know about the Illuminati but the majority are probably not