By Joseph E. Uscinski,Joseph M. Parent
Though there's major scholarly literature at the subject in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and extra, American Conspiracy Theories is the 1st to take advantage of large, long term empirical info to research this well known American tendency. Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. dad or mum draw on 3 assets of unique facts: 120,000 letters to the editor of the hot York occasions and Chicago Tribune from among 1890 and 2010; a two-wave survey from sooner than and after the 2012 presidential election; and discussions of conspiracy theories culled from on-line information resources, blogs, and different sites, additionally from prior to and after the election. via those resources, they may be able to deal with the most important questions, akin to similarities and changes within the nature of conspiracy theories through the years, the position of the net and communications applied sciences in spreading sleek conspiracy theories, and even if politics, economics, media, battle, or different components are most crucial in popularizing conspiratorial ideals. eventually, they finish that energy asymmetries, either international and household, are the most drivers at the back of conspiracy theories, and that these on the backside of energy hierarchies have a strategic curiosity in blaming these on the top-in different phrases, "conspiracy theories are for losers." yet those "losers" can turn out having great impression at the process historical past, and American Conspiracy Theories is an extraordinary exam of 1 of the defining positive factors of yank political life.
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