Elon Musk : “almost all conspiracy theories people had about Twitter turned out to be true. Is there a conspiracy theory that didn’t turn out to be true? So far they’ve all turned out to be true, and even more true than people thought.”
Well, Elon Musk may have had his jokes on twitter conspiracy theories, but ‘conspiracy theory’ itself is no longer a laughable thing. In recent years, specially since the beginning of the ‘Covid Era’ and relentless media coverage of ‘Vaccine Guru’ Bill Gates’s vaccination programme, conspiracy theories got wild and wilder. And now, as the Covid storm abated for a while, war in Ukraine made new headlines in our everyday digital nomadic life. So you see, there is and was never a short or lack of elements or spices to ‘cook’ conspiracy theories. Plus, enthusiasts on social platforms added extra flavour to heat these theories up.
It got so serious that European Union is already, for several years, supporting and funding a research project called COMPACT.
COMPACT = Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories
The project is funded by COST (EU Cooperation in Science and Technology).
In April 2016, the project had its first ‘Kick-Off’ meeting in Brussels. The project is based in the small German University town Tuebingen.
In its homepage COMPACT defined conspiracy theories correctly – the belief that events are secretly manipulated behind the scenes by powerful forces – exist in all modern societies.
LIVESCIENCE’s Benjamin Radford and Stephanie Pappas did a very recent work on: 16 of the best conspiracy theories. A good read for anyone who needs some sort of extra entertainment.
By the way, in TikTok and in YouTube several ‘time travellers’ started the latest round of conspiracy theories. These time travellers come from distant future and predicts events that may even change the current ‘course’ of mankind.
But believe it or not, some of these conspiracy theories may have solid grounds and may have been presented in public with little modifications or distortions.