Manufacturing Fear in America: Conspiracy Theories, Culture, Cults, Medicine, and Politics

During 2004, an interesting panel discussion was held prompted by author Barry Glassner’s book The Culture of Fear. In his book, Glassner reveals the many people and organizations that bank on people’s fear in order to somehow benefit from it. The forum took place around the same time as the broadcast of BBC’s film series…

The ultimate conspiracy theory debunker

The environmentalist movement has conspiracy theories that act as narratives for their causes. The anti-vaccine movement, for example, purports a conspiracy with drug and pharmaceutical companies colluding with the government. While make us feel better since they help explain what people do not understand, if examined critically they are truly stupid. Ultimately, what you feel…