Is the earth flat, spherical or shaped like a dinosaur? Are we all ruled by a secret cabal of cannibalistic paedophiles? Does Finland or Australia actually exist? Did we ever go to the moon?
Welcome to the bizarre and absurd world of conspiracy theories. In this episode, //Border_Lands explores how the internet has facilitated the explosion of conspiracy theories that populate the internet. We will start off with an early example of online conspiracy theories with early UseNet forums, before looking at how anti-vaxxers have made friends with Facebook’s ad platform, explore the difference between conspiracy theories and alternate narratives, how YouTube radicalises flat earthers in the name of engagement and the twisted world of Alex Jones. We will also attempt to decipher the sinister codes at the heart of Qanon with Conspiracy Theory researcher, Travis View.
Never have we been further from the accepted reality, so please strap in and join us, perhaps you will never look at the world in the same way again!
Wired Guide to Conspiracy Theories - Wired (Emma Grey Ellis) - https://www.wired.com/story/wired-guide-to-conspiracy-theories/
Audio - Markovian Parallax Denigrate | Unexplained - Geaux - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0atkeTIcqM
The Markovian Parallax Denigrate: Unraveling the Internet’s oldest and weirdest mystery - Daily Dot (Kevin Morris) - https://www.dailydot.com/society/markovian-parallax-denigrate-spam-mystery/
Qanon Anonymous Podcast - Julian Feeld, Travis View & Jake Rockatansky - https://www.patreon.com/qanonanonymous
Patriot Soapbox - https://www.patriotssoapbox.com/forums/
Inside the Flat Earth Conference, Where the World’s Oldest Conspiracy Theory Is Hot Again - Daily Beast (Kelly Weill) - https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-flat-earth-conference-where-the-worlds-oldest-conspiracy-theory-is-hot-again
Guillaume Chaslot - Twitter thread - https://twitter.com/gchaslot/status/1094359564559044610
Continuing our work to improve recommendations on YouTube - Youtube Official Blog - https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/01/continuing-our-work-to-improve.html
Jeremy B Merrill - Twitter thread - https://twitter.com/jeremybmerrill/status/1096092101396389888
Revealed: Facebook enables ads to target users interested in 'vaccine controversies' - The Guardian (Julia Carrie Wong) - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/15/facebook-anti-vaccination-advertising-targeting-controversy
Half of new parents shown anti-vaccine misinformation on social media – report - The Guardian (Sarah Boseley) - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/24/anti-vaxxers-spread-misinformation-on-social-media-report17:00 - 19:00