Conspiracy Theories (Scrawl S15 E05)

By May 23, 2016Scrawl Radio

Welcome back Scrawl Nation! For this episode of Scrawl, we delved into the rhetoric of conspiracy theories.

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Ryan, Kate, Brendan, and their guest, Katie M., discussed the rhetoric behind conspiracy theories, such as what makes them so believable and yet so easy to crumble.  They shared some of their favorite conspiracy theories, including the snake people, and why it works so well.  Also, our correspondent, Michele L., shared another reading of a long form prose poem, “How to be a Witch,” from Elizabeth Gaughan.

Ryan, Kate, Brendan, and Katie M. discussed the Rhetoric of Pop: a moment during the show where a top hit on the Billboard Hot 100 is analyzed. This week featured Drake’s “One Dance.”

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  • mike T. says:

    My take on conspiracy theories: although some are at least a little bit logical (probably not the one about reptilians running the planet), they often present a counter-perspective that is much less likely and harder to prove than the accepted storyline. For instance, and I’m irksome to use this example, the notion that our own government orchestrated 9/11. Perhaps all the pieces don’t fit perfectly in the main narrative, but alternative theories are even harder to support. So, who are the real sheep?