Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid

Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid

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Paperback, Bloomsbury USA Academic, 2014, ISBN13 9781623560911, ISBN10 1623560918
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MODERN CONSPIRACY [9781623560911]

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MODERN CONSPIRACY [9781623560911]

Modern Conspiracy attempts to sketch a new conception of conspiracy theory. Where many commentators have sought to characterize conspiracy theory in terms of the collapse of objectivity and Enlightenment reason, Fleming and Jane trace the important role of conspiracy in the formation of the modern world: the scientific revolution, social contract theory, political sovereignty, religious paranoia and mass communication media. Rather than see in conspiratorial thinking the imminent death of Enlightenment reason, and a regression to a new Dark Age, "Modern Conspiracy" contends that many characteristic features of conspiracies tap very deeply into the history of the Enlightenment itself: among other things, its vociferous critique of established authorities, and a conception of political sovereignty fuelled by fear of counter-plots. Drawing out the roots of modern conspiratorial thinking leads us to truths less salacious and scandalous than the claims of conspiracy theorists themselves yet ultimately far more salutary: about mass communication; about individual and crowd psychology; and about our conception of and relation to knowledge. Perhaps, ultimately, what conspiracy theory affords us is a renewed opportunity to reflect on our very relationship to the truth itself.

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Number of Pages: 172
Original Languages: English
Author: Jane, Emma A. ,  Fleming, Chris
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
ISBN-13: 9781623560911
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.00 x 0.50 Inches
ISBN-10: 1623560918
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