I think it's time that ATS considered the term "Conspiracy Theory" and the connotations it inspires in the minds of those we are trying to reach.
How often (even on ATS) are we called "crazy CTs" or "damned fool CTs", "wack job CTs" and so on and so on. The term was surely created by those
hiding behind and planning conspiracies as a means of discrediting and belittling those who search for the truth.
In the minds of the sheeple, all it takes is someone on TV or in a magazine to utter the words "Conspiracy Theory" and that's it, the discussion
descends into farce. TPTB use the term simply to halt discussion in it's tracks, since they know what the general population has in mind when they
think of this.
TPTB have managed to associate CT with the absolute craziest views out there, so the argument goes a little like this:
"So you believe that the government is poisoning our water with fluoride? Next you'll be saying that the reptilians are coming to get us and we're
really in the matrix like those stupid Conspiracy Theorists."
Job done by TPTB, end of argument.
So here's the challenge ATS, can we come up with a better term? Can we fight back by giving Conspiracy Theory a new image, beginning with a new
I'm still thinking but I thought I'd throw it out there and see what other people thought.......all the best, Kiwi
'The Truth' - is an excellent suggestion. The point in the OP is very concisely made. I've heard another alternative - ‘awareness’. I
totally agree with the OP that the term 'conspiracy theory' has indeed been hijacked - despite it technically only requiring two participants to
create a conspiracy by definition.
It is a very common occurrence - it’s called 'labelling theory' and applies a lot in health matter. That's why they keep changing the name for
certain conditions on a regular basis .e.g. mongolism became downs syndrome, spasticism became cerebral palsy. Once these words reach the populace
and start becoming derogatory terms - the label is changed. Another aspect of labelling theory is that is you go around slapping labels on people,
people start to 'catch' the symptoms.
‘Conspiracy theorist’ has now become a derogatory term just like spastic, or mongol...and I totally agree it’s time for a name change. Not
saying it’s a reason to but it’s what TPTB would do.
In Michael Rupperts' 'Collapse' (great film about peak oil) Micheal is asked by the interviewer, whether or not hes been called a conspiracy
theorist. Michael replied: "Of course ive been called a conspiracy theorist, but i dont deal with conspiracy theories, i deal with conspiracy
This came to my mind for whatever reason. Unfortunately, the MSM has dubbed conspiracy theory has a dirty term, and those who believe that, have
little understanding of anything, let alone, any 'conspiracy theory'.
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