Conspiracy theories out of control

I have puzzled over why conspiracy theories have become so popular. These theories aren’t new, but they have become ubiquitous. Apparently there are those who believe the Holocaust never happened or that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. A recent suggestion that circulated quickly was that the attempts to send pipe bombs were a hoax.

In the past, I’ve tried to dissuade those who make such claims by presenting the facts from established, reliable media sources. So far, this has failed. I’ve since decided that the appropriate response is not a presentation of the facts, but a question: "Why do you want to believe that?” I don’t expect to get an answer, but I intend to ask the question anyway.

Ellen Jaronczyk

Williamsburg

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