posted on Jul, 13 2006 @ 10:05 AM
The terms "conspiracy" and "conspiracy theorist" have become equated with UFOs and the like, which most people would consider to be ridiculously
nutty. That, and the generally inaccurate portrayal of the subject on television, in movies, and in the news has caused the general public to
immediately label a subject as ridiculous when "conspiracy theory" is mentioned, and then come all the tin-foil hat jokes.
Personally, I am not ashamed to use the term to describe myself, but there are times when I use another term simply because I suspect the person I'm
speaking to will be more open to it being described in a different manner.