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The Evolution Of Conspiracy Theories

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Grassy Knoll Dallas
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The grassy knoll in Dallas, Texas, became a focus for conspiracy theorists after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

What once existed on the fringe of popular culture has become a tool for the political mainstream.

Just a few decades ago, conspiracy theories meant aliens visiting our planet or Bigfoot sightings in the Northwest. Today it could mean fake news scandals accelerated by social media and championed by commentators like Alex Jones or groups like QAnon resulting in politically motivated action.

  • Geoff Dancy, associate professor of political science, Tulane University
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