According to Too Special To Be Duped, a research article
published in the European Journal Of Social Psychology, conspiracy theorists
are needier than the rest of us. Authors Roland Imhoff and Pia Karoline
Lamberty argue that “a small part in motivating the endorsement of such
seemingly irrational beliefs is the desire to stick out from the crowd, the
need for uniqueness.”
A larger part is presumably an ability to watch mainstream
films and either process the information as fact or recycle the ideas being presented.
Once you’ve listened to a handful of conspiracy theorists – or to give them
their proper title, “hoaxers” – you realize how many of their beliefs have
already been brought to the screen by Hollywood.
You can only listen to Alex Jones claim there is poison in
tap water so many times, for instance, before you’re reminded of General Jack D
Ripper in Dr Strangelove, who thought fluoridation of drinking water was a
monstrous commie plot to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids. Good old
standbys such as mind control, doubles and assassination have inspired more
films than it’s possible to count.
With that in mind, it’s time to sit back and enjoy some of
these ideas as they were originally presented.