A large amount of flat Earth memes present an image taken from a high-altitude balloon, showing the appearance of a flat horizon. Such images evidently cannot be regarded as “proof” of a flat Earth. The horizon appears flat only because of the barrel distortion from the fisheye lens.
The following is how any unscrupulous flat-Earther try to deceive us using footages from high-altitude balloons.
- Obtain footage from a high-altitude balloon, which in most cases, was recorded using a fisheye lens.
- In such footage, notice that there is plenty of scenes showing a convex horizon, a flat horizon, and a concave horizon.
- Cherry-pick a scene showing the appearance of a flat horizon, and pretend there is no scene showing a convex or concave horizon.
- Insert emotionally loaded remarks, make baseless accusations toward others, like NASA; when in fact it is themselves who are deceiving.
- Circulate the meme, hoping the audience would turn emotional after reading the remarks.
If successful, some audience would not be able to use their critical thinking effectively and become victims of flat Earth. These new victims would help to circulate the memes and would not bother searching for the original footage to confirm the facts.
Even if someone pointed out the original video to them, they will be too ashamed and will not admit their mistakes easily. They will invent “explanations” on the spot to justify their part in circulating the false information; or switch to a different topic, pretending they never saw the original video.
The original video used in the illustration