Intellectual in Anti-Intellectual
“In fact, one thing that I have noticed . . . is that all of these conspiracy theories depend on the perpetrators being endlessly clever. I think you'll find the facts also work if you assume everyone is endlessly stupid.” (Kraus, 1999-2013) A quote that says it all about our society believing anything you tell them. This research paper is to go over a number of general myths also known as conspiracy theories repeated by the media and individuals of belief or practice, as well as people who have been convinced that some idiotic conspiracy theories are intellectual deviations from the ordinary rather than just acknowledging a common historical and social phenomenon. If someone says during the flood in New York City caused by a hurricane that Sharks were swimming down the streets, well then people will believe it. The problem with our society is that we are as a whole not intellectual enough to actually do the research and find out that one of many Conspiracy theories are not true. The world was supposedly coming to an end December 21, 2012. That theory was not true, but look how it affected the world. People prepared to die just because a calendar ended. One story told by one person caused the whole world to go insane (Zell, 2012). This is the case for almost all conspiracy theories out there. In 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered the world was round, but before that everyone believed it was flat (Slocum, 2013). The point behind this situation is that people will believe anything you tell them. Just because one man did the research and discovered a conspiracy theory to be false then everyone believed him. If our society wasn’t so anti-intellectual then we wouldn’t have so many naive and idiotic people. Ultimately, within this research paper on anti-intellectualism I plan to prove that there can be an intellectual side in conspiracy theories by gaining the respect...
...For years and even centuries, there has been a long conflict about Conspiracies; whether it's the strange tragedy with Princess Diana or the horrific assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and JFK. These peculiar tales have been arousing over the years and have been given strong attention to the public eye. They have raised questions that have not yet been completely answered, gave rise to conspiracytheories that in some cases have not yet been disproven, and brought about myths and rumors that have not yet been completely put to rest.
November 22, 1963. This is a difficult day to forget and it’s not hard to understand why. The beloved John F. Kennedy –35th president of the United States- passed away in a very traumatic matter. The Kennedy assassination really started the modern "conspiracytheory" movement. This was an event where the "official" government explanation of the crime was openly ridiculed by a large number of "normal citizens." Many people believe that the Kennedy assassination was carried out as part of a larger government-centered conspiracy, rather than as a random event arranged by a single gunman. In the same way, a very large number of people do not believe that "terrorists" carried out the events seen on 9/11. Instead, they believe that the government caused those events. But what triggers them to do so? Well in the case of 9/11, there have been many aspects and shocking...
...countries who lost a loved one that day. Not only is Sept. 11th the bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the nation, several groups of people within our own country and abroad believe that knowledge of this attack was held prior to the actual event. What has been reported and believed was that two airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City, and one airplane into the Pentagon. Different conspiracytheories have developed on the internet, and several websites claim to have legitimate cases regarding the validity of the “true” story. These claims are nothing less than a slap in the face of some thousands of Americans who risked their lives to remove others from harms way. The true story, however, is one of pain and suffering that my fellow citizens and I share.
Since the day of the attack, rumors have circulated through blogs, magazines, websites, and simple word of mouth claiming that 9/11 was assisted by the U.S. Government. There are two different categories of conspiracytheories that establish this belief. The most farfetched conspiracytheories that I have seen belong to those who believe that the attacks were planned and executed by our central government. Other groups hold the idea that the “powers in command knew about the attacks, but failed to act” (Knight 170). Both assume that the main reason for the United States to go to war was for the copious amounts...
...9/11 Conspiracy Theorists
Marcus Downey College Composition (ENG 111) 02/01/08
As with all events in history, there will be at least one, sometimes several, naysayers in the crowd and the events of September 11th 2001 are no exception. The United States Government presented the facts to the world but some just couldn't grasp it. The incident raised questions in everyone's mind, specifically how could this happen? President Bush was quick to state that Osama bin Laden and his ultra radical Islamist followers overpowered the crew on four airliners, then used them as missiles, crashing them into the Pentagon, World Trade Center and Pennsylvania farm land. But some believe the U.S. Government played a part in 9/11, to the where they may have even orchestrated it from its beginnings. The general goal of a conspiracy theorist is to show the world not to take everything said in the media or by the government at face value. Though a little skepticism is good, there's a point in which it's beyond healthy. In the case of 9/11, these theorists are simply those who enjoy getting television and radio airtime, no matter the cause, expense or implausible conjecture.
Conspiracy theorists have been around for ages: "The holocaust never happened", "Aliens made crop circles", "JFK was killed by the CIA", "Aliens kidnapped Elvis", etc. In my research, I first went to Google in attempt to see how "big" the 9/11 conspiracy...
...5. In this course I have assigned a conspiracy debunking book on widespread conspiracy allegations concerning the events of 9/11/01. That book, compiled by the journal POPULAR MECHANICS: Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why ConspiracyTheories Can’t Stand Up, attempts to silence the avalanche of suspicion triggered by attacks that day. You can obtain the essence of those suspicions by consulting the many "Truther" sites on the Web. To a general reader, explain what we ought to think about 9/11 in the wake of this confrontation over what actually happened on that fateful day and why. Explain why you reached this conclusion. Address this question: How successful can the most thorough debunking be in the wake of allegations of the sort made by the Truther movement? I own several books and CD's making the case for conspiracy for your use if you wish to consult one or more of them. Of course, the internet is full of that material. You might want to entitle your essay, “Can conspiracy doubts ever be put to rest?”.
From the minute the first airplane hit the World Trade Center on that fateful morning September 11th, 2001 the entire nation was moved. Then when two more planes came crashing into the other tower and the Pentagon, the nation was crushed. It was the most fatal terrorist attack ever committed against the United Stated killing nearly 3,000 people. Thousands of children were left...
...Conspiracies are sometimes morally permissible. But usually they are the result of nefarious motivations on the part of the conspirators. Is conspiracy theorizing similar in this respect? Is it usually morally wrong to engage in conspiracy theorizing? Justify your answer.
In the context of this essay conspiracies will be defined where a proposed explanation E is a conspiracytheory if and only if E is a proposed causal explanation of an event (or set of events) which postulates secret plans and actions on the part of the group and E conflicts with the official story (or stories) of the same historical events. In this instance the official story will be defined where an explanation of an event E is an official story if and only if the explanation is a theory endorsed in a conventionally recognized way by an individual or institution that bears the relevant legal responsibility for events of type E, and for providing information to the public about them.
In some cases conspiracies are morally permissible however usually they are the result of nefarious motivations on the part of the conspirators. In this essay I will use the examples of the Watergate scandal and the September 11 terrorist attacks to explain how in this respect conspiracy theorizing is more often morally permissible due to the just motivations of the conspiracy...
...accident was caused by a drunken driver, there are still conspiracytheories surrounding Princess Diana’s death. They assume that firstly, the accident was staged to get rid of the paparazzi, secondly The British Secret Service planned the accident and finally it was the Royal Family who assassinated Princess of Wales.
Diana Spencer was one of the most famous woman in the world, the pre-eminent female celebrity of her generation: a fashion icon, an image of feminine beauty, admired for her involvement in AIDS issues and the international campaign against landmines (http://biography.com/people/princess-diana-9273782). During her lifetime, she was often referred to as the most photographed person in the world. (http://biography.com/people/princess-diana-9273782). Considering her life and her popularity it should come as no surprise that people from all over the world were interested in the mystery of her death. Loss of such an iconic person always forces people, especially the most faithful fans to think about it more deeply. That is why all the speculations and conspiracytheories about the ‘real’ cause of Princess Diana’s death are born.
2: Conspiracytheories - definition
As Christopher Hodapp (2008: 9) explains, “[a] conspiracytheory is the idea that someone, or a group of someones, acts secretly, with a goal of achieving power, wealth, influence...
...SPCM 200, sect. 63
Denver International ConspiracyTheory
By Kali Holler
Specific Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about the Denver International Airport conspiracytheory.
Thesis Statement: Denver International Airport has many serious and questionable characteristics to it: It is the subject of many unexplainable symbols, images, and stories inside and outside of the airport.
Pattern of Organization: Topical
I. [Attention-Getter] Picture yourself in a place that once had murals portraying destruction and catastrophe, a system of an underground city, inexplicable construction and excavation, and runways formed in the shape of a swastika.
II. [Reveal topic and relate to audience] [CLICK SLIDE] Well, the Denver International Airport is the main subject of many strange and questionable anomalies that have brought up numerous conspiracytheories including these specific characteristics.
a. Including myself, I would say the majority of everyone in this class has visited the Denver Airport at least once in their life.
III. [Establish Credibility] I have been interested in this specific informative topic for a few reasons.
b. Living in Colorado my whole life makes this particular conspiracytheory very interesting to me, which encouraged me to further aware myself of this topic.
...Conspiracytheory in the world of celebrities
Conspiracytheory is an integral part of of modern culture and despite its durability it has not been a static notion. Rather, its portrayal in popular culture and in politics has constantly changed, and so has its meaning. What this idea tells us about modern life and culture shifts from one era to the next. Once, the term “conspiracytheory” was synonymous with fear and paranoia. Now, this same term might just as easily prompt a shrug or dismissive glance. In the modern world conspiracytheories are almost everywhere Some people belve that moon landing never happend, and that it was staged‘ in one of the hollywood studios. There are plenty of theories that american government was involved in 9/11. The polls conducted in 2003 in USA showed that over 70 % of people don’t belive that president Kennedy was killed by lone gunman. There is even a conspiracytheory that the WWII never happend! From quite possible to totally unprobale and stupid - conspiracytheories always draw attention of media and society. It’s interesting how important they are in the world of celebrities, from very talented actors, singers, directors to even those who were famous becouse of just being famous. It’s obvious that conspiracies always make publicity,...