Truthers, Birthers, lunatics who believe Sandy Hook is a government plot.
By Mike Rothschild 29 December The year saw conspiracy theories continue their migration from street-corner shouting to mainstream popular culture: To better evaluate what truly leapt off social media and had the most mainstream impact, we looked at some of the conspiracy theories and rumors seemed to move the most readers.
The truth, whatever it is, is out there. HAARP is another frequent conspiracy theory bugaboo, supposedly involved in everything from making hurricanes to mind control. On the other side of the spectrum, one conservative commentator tried to write the storms off as fake news, trumped up to push a climate change agenda and sell bottled water.
Las Vegas Shooting After a man on the Las Vegas Strip opened fire on 1 Octoberkilling nearly 60 people and injuring hundreds more, rumors immediately began flying: Even so, conspiracy theories continue to make the rounds, including one alleging that survivors of the shooting are being systematically murdered.
Online commentators also tried to connect a train derailment near Olympia, Washington, to an eight-month-old blog post by a self-proclaimed Antifa group that said they had poured concrete on train tracks 15 miles away from the scene of the accident.
As it turned out, the train had been traveling nearly three times the speed limit as it went around a dangerous curve. After all, nobody knows who developed it, few people understand how it works, and its value swings wildly due to nebulous factors controlled by unknown forces.
As Bitcoin value soared, one financial analyst wrote: Conservative pundits and politicians have freely accused the former president and his appointees of leaking embarrassing informationrigging the Russia investigation, and planning nothing less than a coup through the FBI to throw Trump out of office.
There is no evidence for any of these claims. Roy Moore The shocking allegations that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore either had or attempted sexual relations with numerous teenage girls were obvious fodder for conspiracy theories.
Soon, a fake tweet surfaced accusing Post journalists of offering a thousand dollars for accusations. Fake Melania President Trump was a magnet for conspiracy theories both in opposition to and in support of his administration.
Others then claimed that her nose, hair, and mouth looked different. The theory relied on a few out-of-context low-quality images apparently taken by someone filming their television screen, and was quickly written off as cynical fake news.
But for a few days it captured the attention of almost every major news outlet in the country, some of which covered it straight and others that pointed out how weird it was.Dec 29, · The year saw conspiracy theories continue their migration from street-corner shouting to mainstream popular culture: the theories were everywhere, spouted by everyone, and were about everything.
One of the things that I’ve learned over the past few months, from my research efforts in the world of conspiracy theories, is that ultimately when you research and write about conspiracy. Some have viewed conspiracy theories as a particular affectation of the American right, with President Trump being both a proponent and target of a number of conspiracy theories.
This was used as the “final investigation” for looking into the conspiracy theories. Convenient, huh? In fact, if one were to look into conspiracy theories, they will largely find that thinking about a conspiracy is associated with lunacy and paranoia. Some websites suggest it as an illness.
A conspiracy theory does not have to be untrue, but it is sure to contradict the usual, popularly-accepted version of the same event or phenomena.
Once a conspiracy theory becomes the accepted explanation, it stops being . Conspiracy theory is a term that originally was a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy. However, it has come almost exclusively to refer to any fringe theory which explains a historical or current event as the result of a secret plot by .