WHAT’S IT ABOUT
Ever wondered just when the term, “conspiracy theory”, became a pejorative in mainstream culture? Well, wonder no more, as the documentary The Conspiracy “Theory” Conspiracy provides the answer. Made in 2015 by Adam Green, the film uses media clips from all the major networks to showcase how the establishment treats those who dare to question authority.
Watch it here:
The mainstream media’s agenda is clear. They want you to believe that conspiracies don’t exist, the world is exactly like they say it is, and anyone who disagrees is to be marginalized, mocked and shamed.
The term, “conspiracy theory”, was first used in a 1909 article published by The American Historical Review, but it really wasn’t until the 1960’s that it became part of the American lexicon. And for that, we can thank Richard Hofstadter who, in 1964, published an essay called, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, which apparently had a powerful influence on the political establishment of the time. But the biggest shout out goes to the CIA who, in 1967, published a dispatch (Document 1035-960) in a vain attempt to counter any criticism of the Warren Report on the JFK Assassination, that the term really started showing up everywhere.
And thus… A Star Was Born.
Since then, whenever someone utters the term, or calls someone a, “conspiracy theorist”, it’s usually done with contempt and derision, and often combined with words like, “lunatic”, “crazy”, or “insane”. This kind of strategy often works, because no one wants to be ostracized by their peers. Social pressure was, and still is, a powerful tool for conformity.
But times they are a changin’, and more and more people are embracing the term as a “badge of honor”. Eventually, and probably soon, it’ll be totally ineffective as an insult, and that’s when things will really start to get interesting. After all, what’s wrong with asking questions?
There are no wrong questions. Only wrong answers.
WHAT DID WE THINK?
Well, not bad for the first time out of the gate. A lot of work obviously went into compiling the media clips, and these are often reinforced with soundbites and quotes from famous (or infamous) figures in American culture who’ve either stood up to authority and/or who weren’t afraid to tell the truth. There were also some important nuggets of information, such as the JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) exposed by Edward Snowden’s leaks, which reinforced the film’s theme that there really is a conspiracy behind the whole conspiracy theory conspiracy. 😉
That said, we really wouldn’t call this film a documentary. It’s more like a diatribe or a rant, and for those who’ve been immersed in this stuff for years, it does get redundant and tedious rather quickly. The music overlaying the whole thing is also annoying. BTW, this seems to be a common feature for a lot of conspiracy-themed videos these days. To everyone who does this: STOP IT!
But don’t let that discourage you from seeing the film. Seriously. It’s not a bad film at all, and we applaud Mr. Green for making it. The “annoying music” thing is an easy fix and, with a little editing, the film could be greatly improved. If you’re a newbie traveling down the rabbit for the first time, or you’ve just taken the red pill, then we recommend you do see it, as you’re the real target for this film. You’ll learn a lot from it.
And for those of you who’ve been traveling down the rabbit hole for awhile, it’s an awesome archive of media clips, which has actually inspired us with an idea. What if there was one place where you could go to get answers for all of your questions regarding 9/11, JFK, etc.? A repository of sorts for everything conspiracy, where all the answers are footnoted with accompanying video clips, so you can quickly share with your skeptical friends. It’s a big idea, that’ll take a lot of work, but certainly someone out there is up for the job.
Paging Mr. Green?
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