Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground

Among the Truthers A Journey Through America s Growing Conspiracist Underground From conspiracy theorists and UFO obsessives tothe cult of Ayn Rand and Birthercrusaders America is suffering from an explosion in post rationalistideological movements In Among the Truthers jou

  • Title: Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground
  • Author: Jonathan Kay
  • ISBN: 9780062004819
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From 9 11 conspiracy theorists and UFO obsessives tothe cult of Ayn Rand and Birthercrusaders, America is suffering from an explosion in post rationalistideological movements 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 Kay detailsFrom 9 11 conspiracy theorists and UFO obsessives tothe cult of Ayn Rand and Birthercrusaders, America is suffering from an explosion in post rationalistideological movements 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 Kay details the sociological profiles of tenbrands of modern conspiracists the Failed Historian,the Mid Life Crack Up, the Damaged Survivor, the Campus Revolutionary, theStoner, the Clinical Case, the Puzzle Solver, the Christian Doomsayer, the CosmicVoyager, and the Egomaniac in a compelling exploration of America s departurefrom reason and what it means for the very future of rational discourse as thenation steps further into the 21st century.

    Among the Truthers A Journey Through America s Growing Among the Truthers A Journey Through America s Growing Conspiracist Underground Jonathan Kay on FREE shipping on qualifying offers , hardcover edition, Harper, NY pages The author is a columnist editor for a Canadian newspaper Here is his take on the various conspiracy theorists presently at work here and abroad. Truth movement Truth movement is the collective name of loosely affiliated organizations and individuals that question whether the United States government, agencies of the United States or individuals within such agencies were either responsible for or purposefully complicit in the September attacks The term is also being used by the adherents of the movement, who call themselves skeptics The Truth About Truthers Truth News Jon Gold is the kind of guy journalists like to call a man without a country He believes his actual country has covered up the true nature of its biggest tragedy And the people you d think would be his people, the truthers, he wants nothing to do with. Sandy Hook truthers claim the Newtown massacre was a hoax Jan , Other Sandy Hook truthers claim the Newtown massacre is all a government read Jewish plot to take away your guns. Why Truthers Are Obsessed With the Plasco High Rise The Plasco building collapse AETruth, probably most starched and ironed of all the conspiracy groups, was formed in as a place for building experts to advocate for a reinvestigation Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting conspiracy theories The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December , , in Newtown, Connecticut.The perpetrator, Adam Lanza, fatally shot his mother before murdering students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and later committing suicide A number of fringe figures have promoted conspiracy theories that doubt or dispute what occurred at Sandy Hook. NFL offensive line rankings All team s units entering Senior Analyst Mike Renner unveils PFF s team NFL offensive line rankings for the NFL season. Elvis Presley Death Theories Why Do Some Think He Time Elvis Presley, the legendary singer and movie star who became known as the king of rock and roll, died of heart failure years ago this week His death on Aug , stunned the music Horrifying Realities Of Dealing With Sandy Hook Truthers On December , , Lenny Pozner s six year old son Noah was one of people murdered by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Pozner has since been consistently insulted and threatened by people who think he and his son were actors paid by the government to stage a crisis for Was the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting a Hoax Claim A video documents that the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were a staged hoax.

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    1. "The conspiracy community regularly seizes on one slip of the tongue, misunderstanding, or slight discrepancy to defeat 20 pieces of solid evidence; accepts one witness of theirs, even if he or she is a provable nut, as being far more credible than 10 normal witnesses on the other side; treats rumors, even questions, as the equivalent of proof; leaps from the most minuscule of discoveries to the grandest of conclusions; and insists, as the late lawyer Louis Nizer once observed, that the failure [...]

    2. Let's start by making it clear that I'm not disputing what Kay writes regarding the wrongness of Truthers and other conspiracy nuts. Truthers, Birthers, Holocaust deniers, and anti-vaccine fanatics are wrong, and if you believe their garbage you are an idiot. It is unfortunate, then, that a high-profile and well researched book on the subject is such a failure. Kay undermines his own argument, injects petty political bias into the text, and just comes across as a jerk. Understanding the psycholo [...]

    3. Oh, man, this book. I usually don't finish books I dislike this much, but I kept telling myself I had gotten this far and I really wanted to write a good review so I persevered with it and was able to finish. I guess that's an accomplishment?I picked this book up because I have an ongoing interest in reading about conspiracy theories and the people who believe in them. "Truthers," or people who believe in "9/11 Truth", the idea that the American government was secretly behind the terrorist attac [...]

    4. Truthiness about Truthers.Kay's overall argument is apparently that anyone who is skeptical of the government is by definition mentally ill: that sounds like Soviet Russia to me, not what America or the Enlightenment is supposed to be about. Very scary. This book is not objective. The author starts by calling the Truthers "nutbars" but at no point does he debunk what they believe. Toward the end of the book, he says he had to cut out several chapters on facts because his editor said no one would [...]

    5. This book was a bit like a sandwich with great bread and just OK filling. The beginning in which Kay traces the history of conspiracy movements in the U.S. and worldwide was quite well done and fascinating. Ditto the end in which he theorizes and tries to explain why, even though some of the conspiracists are educated people, they persist in their wacko delusions. He links the rise of the "truthers" to the internet (in which all narrative is presented uncritically) and postmodernism (in which ev [...]

    6. I am amazed (and sickened, frankly) at how dumb (for want of a better word) America has become: I do not understand how it has become socially acceptable, for example, to deny evolution and how it is even acceptable that an adult have the position that they "don't believe it". It is not something to be believed or not believed but rather understood or not understood. This extends to all kinds of truths and our society in general. Why, oh why, has the Catholic Church not simply been disbanded aft [...]

    7. A bit of a disappointment. Got off to a promising start, discussing the ideas and motivations behind conspiracy theory, and how to identify conspiracy theories, with group psychology, etc. However, the subjects veer into things that the author dislikes, ranging from academia to civil rights, and atheism! Personal attacks, sparse citations, and logical fallacies which conspiracy theorists themselves might use. It's a shame.The author does have a plan to fight conspiracy theories, and that is bas [...]

    8. It is frightening what the human mind can believe. 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. The takeaway is this: you can't fight conspiracists. 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 highlightin [...]

    9. This book is not just about 9/11 conspiracy theories, but about conspiratorial thinking in general. As such, it is a vast and very important piece of work. I was amazed at the depth of Kay's analysis. The many negative reviews I've read on this website IMO speak not so much to the quality of the book as to the fact that the author is very even-handed in his handling of the topic. It's great to see ~other~ people's sacred cows getting de-pedestaled, but when one's ~own~ sacred cow gets knocked do [...]

    10. Leave it to a Canadian to offer what may be the most intelligent critique of American Political Discourse in this Age of Competing Horseshit Noise:"The war is not only shrill, but endless: Since most American conservatives would never actually accept the much smaller government they claim as their goal, their war demands will never be met instead, populist conservatives send waves of culture warriors into an unending series of proxy battlesl without much changing of government or preventing it f [...]

    11. At first, I wasn't really feeling this book. A book about conspiracy theories and the people who believe them and try to get the public at large to believe; not interested. It was fascinating because the author got a chance to meet with some of the people who believe these things. The book goes into a small history of the ideas of conspiracy theories and some of the earliest ones. The author gives an insightful look into to certain ideas and remains objective about his subjects. With the increas [...]

    12. There's a tendency to believe that fundamentalist Christians pose a serious threat to the cultural and intellectual integrity of this country. While this may be true to one degree or another, there is no doubt that we are living in a time where there is almost no consensual reality, not even a consensual understanding of how to arrive at a consensual reality. Among the Truthers really shook me up, more so than any expose of super churches or snake handlers. I have always been fascinated by consp [...]

    13. I managed to get an advanced copy of this book, due to hit shelves sometime in May. I have high praise for this work. I could never fully wrap my mind around how so many of my quite intelligent and articulate friends could fall so deeply for so many of the popular conspiracy theories out there, but this book went a long way in furthering my understanding of why and how folks get sucked into such conspiracy theories. The prose and analysis are sharp, and the historical, political, psychological, [...]

    14. Here we have a book on that most intriguing and, unfortunately, growing ever more common, species, the North American Loonbat. We all know at least one. That guy (as Kay points out, it's invariably a guy) who believes that 9/11 was an inside job, that the world is controlled by a shadowy group of super villains who are so competent that they stand astride the world like a colossus, yet somehow you can still figure out everything they're up to by reading a few books and doing some internet search [...]

    15. I read a lot of books about politics. From all sides. I've read die hard libertarians books, biographies about presidents and other political figures, communist manifestos, books about alternative political scenarios, books written by politicians for their campaigns and plenty of books written by Fox News hosts. I would have to say that this book is the first book I agree with nearly 99% of it and I'm a registered Republican! The one thing that I didn't agree with was his implications of 9/11 tr [...]

    16. The whole time I was reading this book, I was in an inexplicable sour mood. I think his negativity seeped into me somehow. I have no truck with truthers or any conspiracy theorists, but after reading such a pompous diatribe I just want to let them be. This review really sums a lot of my thoughts up:/review/show/Here are some gems I flagged from this charmer:1. The no more racism claim: "What helped me understand the benign origins of this surreal, emperor-has-no-clothes hunt for racist phantasms [...]

    17. Very solid book, well researched, with details that were interesting to learn and well presented. I have good friends that are truthers and I have never understood what, why and how they believe what they do. This book helped me, as a logical researcher myself, to understand how seemingly rational people could believe what appear to be just plain crazy lines of thinking. There were some stylistic downfalls to the massive amount of info presented: chapters that never seemed to logically end, ramb [...]

    18. I gave Jonathan Kay’s Among the Truthers the full boat because his brilliant readability kept me riveted throughout. He carefully describes the saga of the modern evolution of conspiracy theory, searching for its roots, the reasons why Truthers are so unequivocally convinced of their infallibility in the face of all rational discussion, all the while he maintains a professional journalistic detachment and admirable even-handedness.This book stays with you; every day now I see examples of how c [...]

    19. Like the author states this book is not about debunking conspiracy theorists and like someone he quoted said "Such a book wouldn't have an audience, truthers would ignore it and normal people wouldn't need to read it" ( Although many bad reviews complain that the book didn't debunk any theories ).This book doesn't treat its subjects in a "point-and-laugh"-manner and doesn't go deep in their theories. It does give a glance in conspiracy theory culture from all kind of spectrums. Their inner cultu [...]

    20. 'Readers sympathetic to Kay’s skepticism are likely to cringe at the monologues of conspiracy theorists who find plots everywhere in a world where nothing is as it seems. Yet to read Among the Truthers is to surround oneself with breathless, mile-a-minute talkers insisting that vaccinations cause autism, the lunar landing occurred on a Hollywood set, and the Federal Emergency Management Administration blew up the New Orleans levees to exacerbate the destructiveness of Hurricane Katrina. Surely [...]

    21. This book absolutely fascinated me from page one. Conspiracy theorists share awkward family Christmas dinners with me every year, so to hear that these types of kooks have existed for generations made me feel a little bit better about the future of our country. And I believe the erudite author was doing a bit of the same. As I read, I was already planning on RE-reading, knowing that this book would be a companion guide to holidays with the family. But by the middle of the book, I sensed the auth [...]

    22. This one of the most anti-intellectual, pro-censorship propaganda pieces I have ever had the displeasure to read and deserves to be on any bookshelf alongside Michael Behe's anti-scientific treatise "Darwin's Black Box". I actually know some YECs who would advise Kay to be a little more open minded. It's the same whiny, name-calling, unsubstantiated establishment protectionist drivel you can readily find on the boob tube. I see a person's reaction to this book as a good indicator on whether they [...]

    23. I was really interested and engaged with most of this book, but in chapters 8 (which is about academia and political correctness) and 9 (about Israel and Palestine) he went way off the rails. The last chapter brought it back a little, but what came just before left a really bad taste in my mouth.Instead of reading this book, I would listen to the segment of the Big Picture Science podcast about the book: Plotting Along with Jonathan Kay

    24. Kay's voice of sanity and reason pierces through the cloud of volatile and questionable journalism and dubiously-accredited bloggers. 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.

    25. You know, it was OK but for a couple chapters, where Kay basically exhibits the exact same behavior he accuses the "truthers" and "birthers" of exhibiting. These chapters really undermined my enjoyment of the book and took my rating down a star.

    26. A book with promising title. Unfortunately it quickly detiorates into personal attacks and muckraking of participants of the various movements mentioned.

    27. Rarely, if ever, has a book I've read made me so bloody angry as Jonathan Kay's Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground. What started as an interesting, thoughtful analysis of the history and sociology of conspiracy theorists in the United States abruptly transformed into a neoconservative screed in its final third, and I honestly felt betrayed—and thoroughly, and, I think, rightly, so.The first third of Among the Truthers provides an ostensibly effecti [...]

    28. The first surprise about this book is that it's not a debunking book. (Indeed, the author relates a story about a New York editor warning him away from that path, noting, "conspiracy theorists won't believe you. And normal people don't need to be told") Nor is it a Jon Ronson-style romp through the personal lives of Truthers. Instead, it's a deep examination of what it is about Western society -- and especially, American society -- that causes so many of us to believe in conspiracy theories.Kay [...]

    29. Among the Truthers is a good, though somewhat inconsistent, look at the nature of conspiracy theories and the people that believe them. The best part of the books was the beginning where Kay examines the history of conspiracy theories and then examines the aspects of American society that support a seemingly large group of conspiracy theorists in the United States. Kay does a great job of showing the similarities between modern conspiracy theories and much older theories, by examining the common [...]

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