C is for Conspiracy Theories

By Enda Crowley on September 20th, 2013

For as long as we’ve had the internet, we’ve had conspiracy theorists using the internet to share their wisdom in a valiant attempt to wake up the “sheeple”. Conspiracy theories can be found absolutely everywhere online, from a seemingly innocent tweet from a celebrity, to a prime time special-length amateur documentarty on YouTube claiming to have definitive proof that the collapse of Tower 7 was orchestrated by those evil bankers and the FBI.

“Celebrity” conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones of Infowars are responsible for the trickling down of conspiracy theories into popular culture. Jones is a self-described “freedom fighter”, best known for describing any attack on America as an inside job orchestrated by the government as an excuse to take away civil liberties and freedoms. For what reason a democratically elected government would want to do this, we’re never told. But that isn’t the point. Apparently.

Jones' claim that the Boston bombing was an inside job.

Jones’ claim that the Boston bombing was an inside job.

Unfortunately, while always fascinating, internet conspiracy theories seem to find their roots in the hatred of certain groups, minorities or religions. Especially when the majority of them seem to emerge from the mouths of middle-aged white men who are so far right on the political compass they’re approaching left from the other side.