Yesterday I found a great article on a subject we all (think) we know and love; conspiracy theories! It comes to us thanks to Rob Ager, who some of
you may already know of, and even those who don't might have stumbled across one of his film analysis videos without realising it.
is the link to those videos for those who are interested)
However, it is the article written by Rob that I wish to share with you all today, in his own words:
This article has two aims. The first is to offer a basic understanding of social psychology in relation to what are now largely referred to as
“conspiracy theories” and “conspiracy theorists”. I won’t attempt to discredit or prove any specific conspiracy theories because to do so
would defeat my second aim, which is to offer a set of basic perceptual principles that individuals can use to make a reasoned, unbiased and logical
assessment of any specific conspiracy theory they are presented with.
So for those of you who are asking; where is the chase and how do I cut to it?
is the link to the articles contents page.
The article is split into 9 separate parts:
1. What is a conspiracy theory?
2. Is there any truth to conspiracy theories?
3. How do conspiracy theories affect society?
4. Who is and isn’t a conspiracy theorist?
5. How do corporate media sources decide what is and isn’t a conspiracy theory?
6. What do academics have to say about conspiracy theories?
7. What do governments have to say about conspiracy theories?
8. How do I find out if a specific conspiracy theory is or isn't true?
9. How should I use and respond to the terms “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” in conversation and debate?
It's a relatively quick and easy read but it still manages to make some very astute observations regarding the who's?, what's?, where's?, whys?
and hows? of conspiracy theories/theorists. Sort of like a 'beginners guide to...' except even the most ardent 'pros' should give it a read.