It took only minutes for the first conservative conspiracy theories to start pinballing around the Internet. Too many conservatives are twisted enough to take any tragedy -- from Boston to Newtown to Aurora -- and turn it into an opportunity to prance.
The conspiracy theories directed toward the "moon landing paper" began small-scale, but grew in scope and intricacy. Now to social scientists, such a public response can mean only one thing. Data!
When I read this book I was struck by a feeling that was at once relieved, but then clouded by a greater fear for the American character.
In the wake of the current president remarking that he has occasionally gone skeet shooting at Camp David, there appears to be a Skeet Shooting Truther, or "Skeeter," movement picking up steam on the far-right.
What will you do while you huddle together under your possibly infected covers? Well, do we have the answer(s) for you! These five dregs offer great suggestions for hobbies to pick up while you futilely struggle to avoid the flu.
The Newtown, Connecticut school shooting may be part of a sinister Israeli intelligence operation according to retired professor James Fetzer. The Dul...
By pursuing conversations with people about urban legends, conspiracy theories, and the nuttier political and social myths that pervade our culture, I've learned something about people: Our media-fueled "culture war" is in many ways an illusion.
I stand by my support for the flu vaccine. Reasonable people might disagree -- and when they do, I will listen to them and encourage others to do likewise. Not so those who renounce reason altogether, and in its place offer only vitriol.
Familiarity breeds contempt, or at least complacency, and perhaps the annual return of influenza has induced that response. Perhaps that's why we seem to be dismissive of this germ, and overlook what a serious illness it can be. But that tendency is at our peril.
There's a phrase in media circles for the case where a moderately successful TV show, in an effort to reboot its ratings, takes things to such a preposterous extreme that it loses credibility: "jumping the shark." It's not unusual to see the same phenomenon at work during an election.
During the Bush years, the Republicans used to say it was unpatriotic to criticize the commander-in-chief when troops were in harm's way -- that it would endanger the lives of our soldiers and damage morale. But this deeply heart-felt declaration of wartime patriotism has now been completely abandoned.
It seems like the world is divided into two kinds of people: those with a fascination for UFOs and those with only skeptical disdain. But in between those two polarities lies a rich and complex history of governmental involvement with the phenomenon.
We thought that once the story got out that the filmmaker of was a Coptic Christian, and not Jewish, the conspiracy theory would die down, and the anti-Semitism with it. But instead it has gone viral at warp speed.
Every time there have been these pronouncements about God acting in natural disasters to punish the wicked, you have to scratch your head and ask if you want that kind of God.
Libertarians are skeptics. But outlandish conspiracy theories dilute the concrete information we already understand about legislative policies. So why cloud logic with conspiracy?
By claiming that "Obama started his presidency by returning to the British Embassy the bust of Winston Churchill that had graced the Oval Office," Krauthammer used the Washington Post to further a conspiracy dating back to the days of Glenn Beck's chalkboard.