Extract II from „Entschwörungstheorie“

Any historian will abhor the inept mechanical history, any political scientist the personalisation, any social scientist the ignorance against the majority of people, any journalist the poor research – but by doing so they play the game. Conspirationists do not want to show the experts that they are equal or better experts, they seek recognition via the audience. They might break the rules applying for the respective profession but that is only of interest for those who are subject to these rules themselves, not for the layperson readers, TV watchers, cinema goers or event attenders. They will most often not know about these rules and with high probability they will be influenced in their judgement by conspirationist shindig, the pretension of authority I refer to as ‚travesty‘. Sometimes if not often the audience will consider the conspirationist copy of science, history or journalism to be more scientific or adequate than the original.

Conspirationism manages to over-optimally emulate socially relevant structures on the level of their appearance. From their more or less marginal position, German protagonists of conspirationism usually present predigested information from US conspirology sources in a way that it forms a more consistent story and a more perfect system which then can be blamed for any personal failure. Having been defeated by these enormous historical powers makes any defeat somewhat heroic, but makes sure that no personal consequences are drawn from that defeat.


4 Antworten auf „Extract II from „Entschwörungstheorie““


  1. 1 sphinx 21. Februar 2007 um 12:41 Uhr

    Short, but great entry. I couldn‘t really understand though what you meant by this line:

    „They will most often not know about these rules and with high probability they will be influenced in their judgement by conspirationist shindig, the pretension of authority I refer to as ‘travesty’.“

  2. 2 Administrator 21. Februar 2007 um 16:51 Uhr

    I‘m sorry if my English is still a bit cryptical at times – I‘m working on it.

    The idea of that sentence was to say that the ordinary audience of conspirationists accepts the authority simulation -they will really think that playing the expert is equal or even better than being one.

    That does not say anything about the problematic status of experts in general. I don‘t want to foster an uncritical apology of science as institution. All I‘m saying is that this institutionalized science is the model that conspirationists try to copy – like they try to copy historiography and politics.

    Hope that was a bit clearer now. But still, any improvements to my text are highly welcome!

  3. 3 Trisha D. 06. Mai 2011 um 2:52 Uhr

    This article confirms that there are prize worthy-writers out there willing and able to take the time to research their articles and share them with others. Thank you for sharing.

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