Tag: conspiracy theories

A Nation of Mini-Me’s: Why White Nationalists Need to “Save the Children”

The Familiar Strange , May 22nd, 2022


The “great replacement theory”, “white genocide”, and “demographic winter” are all pseudoscientific conspiracy theories that did not begin, nor will they end, with Tucker Carlson or other FOX…


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Playing with Conspiracy Theories

Natalie Konopinski , July 31st, 2019


What might viewing conspiracism as a form of play tell us about the workings of contemporary culture, our capacity for critical thinking, or how we build new understandings?…


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Brexit, the Uncivil War: Watering Myths with the Teardrops of the Ruling Class

Maximilian C. Forte , May 21st, 2019


What have been billed as momentous EU Parliament elections are taking place this week (May 23–26), and it seemed like the right time to review some Brexit films—one…


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A Demagogue’s Words Matter

Adam Hodges , November 2nd, 2018


Trump’s immigration metaphors set a divisive tone from the top. Trump wields demagogic rhetoric like a marketing tool, ramping up prejudicial appeals in the closing days of the…


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The Helsinki Summit: Trying to Turn the Page on the New Cold War

Maximilian C. Forte , July 17th, 2018


Finally, on Monday, July 16, 2018, the Helsinki Summit bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place, despite shrill demands that it be…


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A Theory of Propaganda for the Social Media Age

Adam Hodges , April 9th, 2018


Intertextuality and the propagation of disinformation Propaganda typically refers to manipulative techniques and misleading messages used to gain public acquiescence for a political cause, especially …


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What Happened to the American Empire?

Maximilian C. Forte , January 11th, 2018


Has anything out of the ordinary happened to the US as an imperialist power since the ascent of Trump to office? While the continuities between Trump and his…


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The Paranoid Style of Climate Change Denial

Adam Hodges , October 11th, 2017


How Conspiracy-driven theories help the Trump administration reject science. After the unprecedented flooding in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey, Michael Mann, a leading scientific voice on climate ch…


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The Dying Days of Liberalism

Maximilian C. Forte , January 19th, 2017


How Orthodoxy, Professionalism, and Unresponsive Politics Finally Doomed a 19th-century Project What a sight to behold. These are the dying days, counting down soon to the final hours,…


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