Networks of Conspiracies - Part 1


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Networks of Conspiracies - Part 1 (22:08)

From government cover ups to alien encounters to covert mind control programs, conspiracies and conspiracy theories have captivated our imaginations for generations. But what can social science, humanities and arts offer us in order to make sense of enigmatic tales? By situating conspiracy theories in time and place and by focusing on the context and setting, we are provided with a unique view of socio-cultural anxieties and political uncertainties. At it’s foundation, theorizing conspiracies is a way for individuals and groups to 'locate' their anxiety about uncertainty and mistrust of forces beyond their control. By paying attention to the networks that form around conspiracies, we can then start thinking about the societal, cultural and political apprehensions of our times and bring some certainty to uncertain futures.

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Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.

Jeremy Bentham


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  • Outro Music: Song “Clubbed to Death” appearing on “The Matrix: Music From the Motion Picture” by Rob Dougan.
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