“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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REHM And of course you have the moon landing. You couldn’t just click on a set of hyperlinks to see mutually reinforcing videos.

The amog chapter was one of the most interesting, and the book may benefit from moving it up. Treatment is not an option, you have to prevent the growth of conspiracism by educating young minds about it, laying down what leads people to conspiracism and highlighting ways to spot it and understand the underlying causes.

I haven’t felt compelled to write kzy for most books I’ve read recently, but this title deserves a PSA. Indeed, as Kay digresses more and more emphatically on affirmative action pp. He lives life mostly on the Internet corresponding with his admirers. He then goes on to link lack of faith in government with previous conspiracies Teapot Dome Scandal, Watergate, Gulf of Tonkin that actually happened.

Amont always thought I was a fan of learning about people whose experiences are far removed from my own, and with an additional attraction to con artists and conspiracy theories.


He goes after all the usual culprits. Watergate and Iran-Contra were fairly limited, and even so, people have a hard time keeping secrets. He was — for two decades he had been an architect working on retail malls mostly.

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However, if you go to their conventions, you will find a fringe who are bona fide conspiracy theorists. Having given these recommendations, there are very few people to whom I would recommend “Among the Truthers”. He’s way out there.

In that case, it is impossible to disprove the thesis that there was a conspiracy because, by definition, if there was someone truthegs don’t know about who was acting with Oswald, by definition the lone gunman theory is wrong.

Yes, there is often a nugget of truth that becomes of greater importance than it deserves. Instead of reading this book, I would listen to the segment of the Big Picture Science podcast about the book: For example, the Kennedy assassination or the Twin Towers?

Among the Truthers – Wikipedia

Feel free to join us on Facebook or Twitter. Now is certainly a propitious moment in history for a journalist of stature to point out that the peddling of theoretical twaddle in these twitchy times is at least as reprehensible as the usual transgressions for which we hold society accountable.

I suggest you read the novella that is the first pages, and then stop. Fourthly, this book reeks of arrogance. I know they’ve always been around, but why so many these days? REHM Thanks for listening all.


Jonathan Kay: “Among the Truthers” – Diane Rehm

Overall I enjoyed this book, and have already shared it with a friend who is closer to a truther himself. KAY Well, often they’re just unable to square history with their ideological beliefs. KAY I would not call Limbaugh a full-fledged conspiracy theorist. KAY I think the birther thing was a great example. Conspiracy theorists tend to accumulate at the far ends of the spectrum, after all. Which is not exactly logically solid. There was a book that came out some years ago called “Day of Deceit,” which was not a crazy book.

And maybe in an era without the Internet, the birther thing might have gone away. This crosses the line from disingenuous shading of the truth into an outright lie of omission. America is an open society and there are many channels available to challenge the received wisdom.

Jonathan Kay: “Among the Truthers”

In fact, one of the interesting conclusions I came to in the book is very few of the conspiracy theorists that I interviewed were mentally ill. It shows how intelligent people can be captured by fringe theories and shows their confirmation bias. I have a chapter on Internet in my book. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters globeandmail.