I must confess, I like watching the reaction of fans and true believers to promises made by leaders of movements and religious groups. Similar to the findings of Festinger’s book When Prophecy Fails, some people get more protective of the leader and work a little harder to bring people into the fold. And it appears that some are doing that in response to the lack of big news promised by Glenn Beck two days ago. See this post for the background.
There has been lots of activity on Twitter wondering when Beck will announce the power structure destroying news. Some fans are taking vague responses as a clue that the answer will come Monday. For instance:
“@FoxieNews: Hope to wake up to the "Big News" from @GlennBeck. If it's about SCOTUS Roberts, that WOULD rock our Power StructureMONDAYmLee
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 14, 2013
The answer from Beck’s twitter account is: MONDAYmLee which could mean the news will drop Monday via an interview with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Who knows?
Others are getting fed up.
@FoxieNews @glennbeck I wouldn't count on it. I won't believe it until I see it. Glenn lost me with his self promoting hype and no delivery.
— Steve M. Robbins (@islandboy5150) June 14, 2013
@tcot_ne @flores8047 @glennbeck I've followed him along time…trying to give him benefit of doubt- but feel duped-and I pay for this?
— Kris (@Raddmom) June 14, 2013
@glennbeck Glen… You can't make statements like you did yesterday and the go quiet!!!! Come on!! What's going on??????????
— Willis Shepherd (@WillisShepherd) June 14, 2013
It all kind of reminds me of The Great Pumpkin:
UPDATE: This blogger says Beck was set up by RWW’s editing. I see the editing but I don’t see how it changes the meaning. It is not clear from the clip what Beck is referring to.