A quick Google search shows that for many people, including journalists, "going down the rabbit hole" still means "coming to believe in dangerous, false, nonsense"

This is why it worries me that for some non-trivial fraction of the English-speaking online population, "going down the rabbit hole" now ALSO means "innocently learning some complex and previously unknown, yet true' set of facts"

I don't like that these two meanings are getting blurred. Don't like it at all.

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@natecull I never took it to mean believing in dangerous, false nonsense, but experiencing wildly counterintuitive or unusual things, whether perceptual distortions or just learning something very surprising and counter to what you already believed.
@natecull This can /include/ conspiracy theories and other false things, but also includes plenty of true things.


That's the dangerous part of these two meanings coming to blend together. Because right-wing conspiracy theories *are* counterintuitive and surprising, as well as also being wrong.

If the meaning shifts enough, people might come to believe that journalists are scolding them for "doing their own research" rather than what they are actually doing, which is scolding them for listening to neo-fascists.

Like what happened to Hillary Clinton and the word "deplorable".

@natecull looks like you went down the rabbit hole on this one 🙃

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