“Among the Truthers” is a remarkable book, not least because its author, Jonathan Kay, appears to have emerged with his sanity intact after. Q: I so appreciate Jonathan Kay for highlighting this phenomenon, and Diane for hosting him. I’ve been aware of this trend for several years. In Among the Truthers,journalist Jonathan Kay offers a thoughtful and sobering look at how socialnetworking and Web-based video sharing have engendered a .

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And in some cases, as I said, there’s a germ of truth. Call for more information.

I don’t know if the author knows anything about that. I actually know some YECs who would advise Kay to be a little more open minded. And I will respond with a quote from my book: Understanding the psycholo Let’s start by making it clear that I’m not disputing what Kay writes regarding the wrongness of Truthers and other conspiracy nuts.

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Though I would suspect most CT’s would just homeschool their kids or at least say they would on the internet.

KAY And yet, at the time, the national media didn’t pay any attention to it because they were just waiting for Sarah Palin to show up and give her speech the next day. And you’re listening to “The Diane Rehm Show.

He argues that many people prefer explanations for disasters which feature expansive conspiracies because it is more difficult to cope with the underlying incompetence or vulnerability at the root of such events. Kay undermines his own argument, kaj petty political bias into the text, and just comes across as a jerk. They apparently run America, are the Saudi royal family and oay almost all the world’s money and media under their control.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct. The final chapter was one of the most interesting, and the book may benefit from moving it up.

You get some people who are home schooled. Overall I enjoyed this book, and have already shared it with a friend who is closer to a truther himself. I think you thf still download the podcast from CBC’s website. But the central theme of their conspiracy joathan tends to be the same, that there is one entity, whether it’s the Bilderbergers or the New World Order, whatever it is, whatever name you have, one entity that is trying to control the entire planet.


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One gets the impression correctly that only the extreme fringe of conservatives is involved in such conspiracy theories. So how would you distinguish between the ideologically motivated, the plain nutty and, on the other hand, attention must be paid flavors of conspiracy theories given that history is, in reality, strewn with undisclosed agreements, aka, conspiracies? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

This is a terrible phenomenon and in that case it was, I think, a result of anti-immigrant demagoguery because that particular group, I think they’d go out and do sort of amateur hour patrols to snuff out immigrants.

That is rare in this day and age as well as this genre. The different part is now they are using the internet to attract new followers to their cause. In fact, there’s one telling sign of a conspiracy theorist who is mentally ill, is that he will involve himself in his conspiracies.

Among the Truthers, by Jonathan Kay – The Globe and Mail

When he talks about conspiracists on the opposite end of the spectrum, however, he describes them as “liberals”, “left wing college activists the type who had constructed their image of America from books by Noam Chomsky or Howard Zinn,” or the “university-educated, anti-American, left-wing side of the political spectrum.

What is it that’s motivating them as individuals? JONATHAN And there’s a lot of strong and copious statistical evidence that this may actually be happening and, yet, the conspiracy theory write off, you know, being lumped with people who say that, you know, aliens have put chips in our brains or whatever, and the, you know, never happened here idea, that wall of denial that this is America, the beacon of democracy, winds up thwarting any serious investigation of what is, actually, potentially a very serious threat to democracy.

While it was fun to discover the roots of Truthers, Bilderburgs, and other nonsense groups, there was no counterpunch. And there’s a very different mindset, I think, related to these two different groups. Acknowledging the grain of truth at the center, he exposes each layer of self-serving mendacity, hyperbole and plain, ol’ insanity that snowball into a plausible conspiracy theory.

Amont more so even than the Lincoln assassination, was the populist upheavals of the late 19th century, and the populist movements. While I tried to labour through this, I found the author too smug for words, and didn’t find any effective counter-arguments to the truth movement to back I was really disappointed with this book.


A book jinathan conspiracy theories and the people who believe them and try to get the public at large to believe; not interested. Nov 08, Daniel A. He was also paid to ‘prove’ connections to autism that never existed.

It’s the same whiny, name-calling, unsubstantiated establishment protectionist drivel you can readily find on the boob tube. There really could have been someone else acting with Oswald.

Among the Truthers, by Jonathan Kay

And this was a real plan. I’m not a “truther,” but I was looking forward to an objective inside look at the truth movement. You know, it was OK but joonathan a couple chapters, where Kay basically exhibits the exact same behavior he accuses the “truthers” and “birthers” of exhibiting. So which part of the CIA do you work for young Chris?

Book review: ‘Among the Truthers’ by Jonathan Kay

So, I think, my observation is that conspiracies rocket to the top of concerted consciousness in a way that is just not true on the left-hand side of the political spectrum. In the long run, have thw of truthers’ Byzantine arguments about JFK’s assassination or the demise of the World Trade Center towers affected anyone’s life in any meaningful way?

KAY Yeah, ’cause I have this typology where I show the eight different psychological profiles of some of the people I met. Rubbish that deals with rubbish. At some points, this crosses the line from bias into absurdity, caricature, and pettiness. The prose and analysis are sharp, and the historical, political, psychological, I managed to get an advanced copy of this book, due to hit shelves sometime in May.

He jumps from idea to idea and back jay out the book, making for a confusing read. This was never proof of vaccines causing autism, but it was also not just made up by anti-vaccine fanatics. Trivia About Among the Truther They make very effective use of music, very effective use of special effects.