Online conspiracy theorists are more diverse (and ordinary) than most assume
First published in The Conversation, Associate Professor Colin Klein, Peter Clutton and Cognitive Science's Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Vince Polito, discuss the different groups of Conspiracy theorists published in their recent paper that included a dataset of over 2.2 million online comments from approximately 130,000 distinct usernames. These groups suggest that individuals involved with conspiracy theories may have quite different motivations, beliefs and attitudes from what was originally thought, challenging how scientist view conspiracy theorists.
This article has since been published in multiple online sources:
- ABC News, 19 March, Online conspiracy theorists are more diverse (and ordinary) than most assume
- Gizmodo, 2nd April, Online conspiracy theorists are more diverse (and ordinary) than most assume
- 2SER Radio Sydney, 10 April, Conspiracy theorists: Are they actually irrational?
- Science Alert, 11 April, Huge study shows who's really to Blame for spreading conspiracy theories online.
- RT, 11 April, Study finds conspiracy theories aren’t all spread by tinfoil-hat-wearing crazies
- MyScience, 11 April, Who is spreading online conspiracies?
- Phys.org, 11 April, Study reveals who is spreading online conspiracies
- Gizmodo, 11 April, Great, conspiracy theorists are ruining democracy now
- Vice, 12 April, Why we’re thinking about conspiracy theorists wrong
Content owner: Department of Cognitive Science Last updated: 05 Jun 2019 8:58am