“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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If you’re looking for one tracing the history of conspiracy theories and their influence on politics, I recommend Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch.

The Wall Street Journal. Facebook pages claiming the trutherss is still alive already have thousands of fans. All in all, totally worth the price of purchase, and a book I look forward to reading again in the future. You have individual surgeons over a child on an operating table. He read Chomsky with approval, railed against George W. Jonathan Kay does us a favor by steeping himself in the culture of conspiracism, reporting what he’s learned and placing an honestly eye-opening look at the vast sea of conspiracy that exists in America as well as the world.

It’s a lack of trust in the media, in the mainstream media. KAY Well, first of all it shows how tribalized political discourse has become, but it also jonathaan the power of xmong propaganda. In Among the Truthers ,journalist Jonathan Kay offers a thoughtful and sobering look at how socialnetworking and Web-based video sharing have engendered a flourishing of new conspiracism.

How long does the bubble last? I so appreciate Jonathan Kay for highlighting this phenomenon, and Diane for hosting him. Many contemporary conspiracy theories follow the essential structure of the long-debunked Protocols of the Elders of Zionthe bogus document that allegedly laid out a plan for world domination by the Jews.

And maybe in an era without the Internet, the birther thing might have gone away. This amoong never proof of vaccines causing autism, but it was also not just truthres up by anti-vaccine fanatics.

I document some of these examples in my book. Jan 05, Marcia rated it it was ok Shelves: Equal time does not mean equal treatment Kay seems to believe that by including both right- and left-wing cranks, he is being unbiased and objective. I suppose that if you want to congratulate yourself for having the exact same worldview as the editor of the National Post, this is excellent intellectual-masturbatory fodder.

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Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground by Jonathan Kay

A book with promising title. Another is that the male mind tends to become more easily obsessed with abstract logic puzzles and eccentric ideological systems that are disconnected from the reality of day-to-day human existence—a subject to which I shall return in Chapter 5. Instead now it is my opponent is dishonest.

But by the middle of the book, I sensed the author was stalling. You get some people who are home schooled. Toward the end of the book, he says he had to cut out several chapters on facts because his editor said no one would Truthiness about Truthers.

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The New Rise of the Conspiracy Theory Have conspiracy theories been gaining momentum in the past several years? For example, Kay goes into great detail about the Northwoods memo, which I had never heard of before, that makes the truther case much more plausible, not less plausible. Kay fails to do so. Bush, expressed solidarity with the Palestinaians, smoked pot, went to demonstrations, and lived off government grants”.

Whenever someone challenges Beck on the Fed, or Woodrow Wilson, he pulls out a somewhat obscure piece of legislation about it and challenges the person to explain it to him. Or is it just a conspiracy theory and Jews are just ordinary people like everyone else which means some of them are taxi drivers and some have bookshops and some are rich and powerful?

Jonathan Kay: “Among the Truthers”

Bush administration, the benefit to the oil sector and the military-industrial complex, the rise and rise of security forces during the last monathan, and the benefit to domestic policy of fighting a war, hardly seems a stretch. Although some of that comes down to the fact that Kay is Canadian – as he himself points out.

It received generally positive reviews, though some reviewers raised issues about the book’s amonb and political claims. Sep 28, Brock Rhodes rated it did not like it. The prose and analysis are sharp, and the historical, political, psychological, and sociological forces behind conspiracy theories are well researched, discussed, and captured.


Seriously, was that necessary to make the point that this fellow was liberal before he became a conspiracist nut? Kay has anything to say regarding gender as it relates to conspiracy theorists, i. Structurally, he attempts to divide the book into three sections: In addition, the mainstream media used to have fairly good control over the flow of information, but the Internet has drastically anong this power.

Aug 20, James rated it it was ok. KAY In general, the big lie only works in totalitarian societies that have ionathan control over information flow. KAY Yeah, or what about Watergate? Everyone believes that they are logical and that when other people say that evolution is true and that creationism is a silly perhaps dangerous invention, or that no one ever turned water into wine, had burning bushes chat to them or were divinely inspired to insist that women walk around in shrouds, they get really upset.

So, any clues about the book project this is all eventually going to turn into? Kay’s conservative leanings are far more nuanced and even handed than most of what passes for conservatism these days, and I found myself wishing that more conservatives were like him. It was the big banks for instance, kkay the global financiers, overseas financiers who controlled the gold supply and whatnot.

Hte it, Kay provides a fascinating look at some of our indigenous kooks, and why they seem to be thriving right now. The result is both trhthers informative and entertaining at the same time.

Most annoying for me were comments telling me to ‘wait’ until a later chapter to learn about something, sentences like ‘as discussed in X chapter’. DAN Well, I think, that’s kind of a simplification of my point. The author gives an insightful look into to certain ideas and remains objective about his subjects. Click here to have it e-mailed to you.