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University of Miami Conspiracy Theory Conference
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Conspiracy theories are not confined to parlor games about who really shot Kennedy or who probed whom near Roswell, New Mexico. Conspiracy theorizing (or what Richard Hofstadter famously called the paranoid style) is an enduring part of politics. While often caricatured as a fringe demographic composed of middle-aged white male Internet enthusiasts, polls tell us a different story. Conspiracy theories permeate all parts of society and cut across gender, age, race, income, political affiliation, educational level and occupational status. Conspiracy theories are ubiquitous, absorbing, and substantial; they reveal the darkest recesses of a nationâs psyche. They have also been given new life due to the prevalence of fake news, state sponsored disinformation campaigns, and elite-driven misinformation.