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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Old conspiracy theories never die.  They just mutate with the times.
Old conspiracy theories never die. They just mutate with the times.

At our Festival of Ideas gig on Wednesday someone asked a question that none of us had ever considered: how do conspiracy theories end? Tony Badger took it on, and talked about how the anti-communist hysteria of Senator Joe McCarthy’s time had endured over time, taking different forms in different eras, right down to the […]

26 October 2013
Does Amazon really know what it’s selling?
Does Amazon really know what it’s selling?

Many moons ago I wrote an Observer column about how Amazon’s self-publishing system was turning into a a machine for generating lucrative spam. Now, an investigation by The Kernel reports that it may also be an engine for circulating Holocaust denial literature, as well as other dubious stuff. The article goes on to claim that […]

15 October 2013
Conspiracy theorist enters government shock!

The most interesting news to come out of yesterday’s reshuffles (apart from the promotion of Tristram Hunt to Shadow Education Secretary) is the elevation of Norman Baker to a government position at the Home Office. Baker is best known as the Lib Dem backbencher who took a year out of his parliamentary career to write […]

8 October 2013