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Enjoyable, for what it is...,
This review is from: Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History (Hardcover)
Well clearly Aaronovitch's book already has a number of conspiracy theorists slathering at the mouth at the debunking of a number of their sacred cows. I guess it's just further evidence to them that the world's media is run by giant lizards from Zarg bent on galactic domination via the printed word. Anyways, let's be grateful for a well researched and readable work which carefully dismantles a number of well know conspiracy theories (Diana, 9/11, JFK) and lesser known ones (e.g. Hilda Murrell). It also usefully provides thoughts on how these theories come about, both in general and in their specific context and what drives people to believe in them despite all the evidence and even post revelation (e.g. Priory of Sion).
So why only three stars?
Well mainly because he carefully selects targets that whilst well known, can also be easily dismantled - a quick check on Wikipedia would probably do enough for the average individual to throw these theories in the bin. So a book on these alone just isn't enough to my mind. A key thing here should be, to my mind, the extent to which governments and companies conspire in far less serious ways and therefore give credence to the possibility of these theories. As such, he doesn't touch on the many day to day collusions, frauds and deceits that governments and companies carry out all the time. These clearly range from the very minor (e. recent Parliamentary expenses), through the domestic (e.g. wire-tapping of political opponents like Scargill), to the international (e.g. French bombing of the Rainbow Warrior) and to the global (e.g. US support for Suharto in the 1960s). Whilst these are very different to traditional conspiracy theories, surely they form part of the broader spectrum, especially in terms of giving a reason to believe - "Well if they can blow up peace protestors' boats then surely they might bump off a peace activist". What makes a conspiracy theory a conspiracy theory? When do little collusions become big ones? How far would a government go to protect its interests?
Dismantling the big theories is easy. Understanding the detail is harder.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2010 10:00:24 BDT
How flippant talking about Giant lizards..
This book is a joke and debunks nothing...
Can you explain what happened to Building 7?
Why the BBC reported it collapse early?
Where is the footage of the pentagon strike?
The explosions UNDER the lobby of the towers reported by multiple witnesses....
Yeah I'll go back to sleep.
It was the bogeyman from the cave wasn't it...he' still "at large"....
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2010 17:14:20 GMT
K. J. Wright says:
...Frase, are you a giant lizard, or do you just get one to think for you?
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2010 23:09:29 GMT
You got me oh rational one.. It was all the bogeyman in the cave that made THREE buildings defy the laws of physics and momentum and he is still at large "plotting" and building 7 came down in 6 seconds from "fires" thanks for the laugh mate.. Priceless
Posted on 14 Feb 2013 05:13:49 GMT
J. H. Campbell says:
Conspiracy theory echo chambers are essentially an extension of the Marxist Classism of the "They!" of "Them and Us", that there are a pyramid of hidden gang of Dr Muahaha's hell bent on suppressing/exploiting those below them - standard classism but on a grander scope. It's all bollocks.
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