What does a conspiracy look like? What are its visible, outward signs? The visual images that we associate with the idea of conspiracy often relate to secret plotting, to scenes that emerge into public view only fleetingly – even if their effects are long-lasting – or to events that occur outside public sight: ‘hidden hands’ […]
Monthly Archives: February 2015
What separates cynics from conspiracy theorists? When people use the language of conspiracy it’s not always clear exactly what sort of conspiracy they have in mind. In this post we analyse the data from our opinion poll to explore how respondents talk about hidden power.
Conspiracy theories are not the preserve of the US: Brits are as likely – indeed perhaps marginally more – to believe at least one conspiracy theory than the Americans. This is one of the findings from …
On the 3rd and 4th February 2015, YouGov polled a representative sample of 1749 adults across Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales – no Northern Ireland) for a conspiracy theory survey we co-authored with YouGov. The data can be browsed interactively below.
For some time now the project has had a side-interest in commenting behaviour on on-line news articles. Who talks to whom? What sorts of dynamics emerge? What determines the comment structure: the order in which comments are displayed? Anonymous commenting? At some point in the hopefully not too distant future, Alfred, John, and I will […]
A public lecture by Dr Turkay Nefes (Oxford), given on 3 February 2015 This is part of a series of public talks from the Leverhulme-funded project Conspiracy and Democracy. More information at http://www.conspiracyanddemocracy.org Summary What happens when a prime minister proposes conspiratorial accounts of a momentous event in a democracy? Although conspiratorial rhetoric is the […]
“This goes all the way to the top” is one of the great clichés of conspiracy theory. It conjures an image of a group of cackling evildoers hatching a nefarious plot in a smoky room, swearing an oath and then secretly carrying out their elaborate design. In this model of a conspiracy, a small secret […]