Conspiracy Theories and the Internet: Controlled Demolition and Arrested Development

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Abstract

Following Clarke (2002), a Lakatosian approach is used to account for the epistemic development of conspiracy theories. It is then argued that the hyper-critical atmosphere of the internet has slowed down the development of conspiracy theories, discouraging conspiracy theorists from articulating explicit versions of their favoured theories, which could form the hard core of Lakatosian research programmes. The argument is illustrated with a study of the "controlled demolition" theory of the collapse of three towers at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-180
Number of pages14
JournalEpisteme
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

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