Conspiracies, plots and paranoia

My friend Bill sent this British Broadcasting Company (BBC) examination of the rise in conspiracy theories. Without having first read the article, I would have bet the farm this rise has something to do with the Internet, right? Turns out that’s true, but there are other reasons for their spread.

Writer Peter Knight is senior lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester and has written a number of books about the phenomenon of conspiracy theories. Here he explores both the history of comspiracy theories, and why they are so rampant now. He states, “Certainty has given way to doubt, and conspiracy has become the default assumption in an age which has learned to distrust everything and everyone.” Read on: ARTICLE

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