The subject of conspiracy theories is fascinating and troubling to me, as well as it should be to you. The vast majority of people in America believe in some unfounded conspirative belief; some way of seeing the events of the past or present that puts some person or persons in direct and deliberate blame for said events through covert means.
Conspirative thinking is not just an American issue. Cultures throughout the world adopt a views of their neighboring tribes, countries, and religious groups as conspiring against them or to blame for their own misfortunes.In this sense, conspiracy theories can be seen as a modern form of tribal distrust (in the anthropological sense). The unfortunate fact that people still widely adhere to this way of seeing the ‘other’ as conniving and untrustworthy leads to a lack of social cohesion in the evermore diverse cultural millieu that is America (there, of course, is my own sociological view).
“We’ve lost the fight for the algorithm. For 10 years, the conspiracy theorists have been writing on the web and they are over-represented. It’s because they are more eager to share their views than others, they publish more, they go up in the algorithm. It’s a fight for quality of information. And the fight right now, well, we’re losing it for good and bad reasons.”
Modern technology has made the variety and proliferation of conspiracy theories exponentially greater than it was before the advent of the Internet. This has posed one of the greatest challenges to Humanity. No one trusts anyone and nothing positive can be accomplished in a world where every mass shooting is believed to be a ‘false flag’ sham and every disease a ‘man-made population control device’ all perpetrated by some secret cabal or shadow government. It may seem a harmless misgiving of human self-delusion, until old diseases come raging back due to the anti-vaccine movement or a majority vote in representatives that believe that Climate Change is a ‘hoax’ because it doesn’t fit their world view.
The goal here is to raise awareness of the various conspiracy theories, both the ones that have existed and those that are forming and beginning to affect people. To show up-to-date research regarding the psychology of conspiracy theorists, the social psychology of how such beliefs spread and resist the various voices that would lead believers away from conspirative thinking, and an ongoing news archive of stories that illustrate the scope of the issue.
It is my belief that every person alive has the potential to be sucked in to the conspirative mindset. It is important to promote critical thinking, fact-based information services and large-scale programs that help to stop radicalization and hate speech including the various racist and religiously-based conspiracy theories. The goal is no greater than the future of all Humanity.
One of the most relevant psychological phenomenon:
The following exemplifies what can be done when people get involved: