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Anti-Rumor Campaigns and Conspiracy-Baiting as Propaganda


Coady, D, Anti-Rumor Campaigns and Conspiracy-Baiting as Propaganda, Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously, Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd, MRX Dentith (ed), London, pp. 171-187. ISBN 9781786608284 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Scholarly treatments of conspiracy theories and of rumours tend to follow a similar pattern. In both cases they usually begin by presupposing that the phenomena in question (conspiracy theories or rumours) should not be believed. They then seek to explain the puzzling fact that many people (though not of course the author or reader) are nonetheless inclined to believe them. I will argue that this is all wrong. Neither rumours nor conspiracy theories deserve their bad reputation. I will also argue that rumours and conspiracy theories have a bad reputation because of a certain kind of propaganda. Not all propaganda is objectionable, but this propaganda is objectionable, because it is anti-democratic propaganda.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:rumor, conspiracy theory, propaganda, epistemology
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Epistemology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Coady, D (Dr David Coady)
ID Code:134376
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-08-09
Last Modified:2019-09-04

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