The Conspiratainment Complex
Thirtyseven - Nov 19, 2010
Conspiracy Theory lacks credibility because it has no history. Original research doesn’t get cited so much as looted, refitted as filler content to feed new revelations to a hungry audience. They know what they like because they like what they know. It is a product that gets updated for new audiences through a self-selected succession of upstart entrepreneurs. Mae Brussel becomes Lyndon LaRouche becomes Alex Jones.
As a published field, though, Conspiracy Theory has a surprisingly strong foundation. Consider Carroll Quigley’s “The Anglo-American Establishment,” a masterpiece that completely unravels a powerful, and very real, conspiracy. It’s written by an internationally respected Georgetown professor, and it’s content has never been disputed. Indeed, it is so meticulously and absurdly detailed that nobody has ever read it. There are lists of names and dates over 10 pages long throughout the text and I find myself skipping whole chapters every time I try and dig in. The information here is seldom referenced today, but it has been co-opted and integrated into the marketplace, too. Professor Quigley becomes Cleon Skousen becomes Glenn Beck.