The outbreak of COVID-19 and recent pandemic declaration means we are all in a rapidly evolving situation. With COVID-19 has come a contagion of virus-related conspiracy theories too: that coronavirus originated as a bioweapon, or that 5G towers spread the disease.
In this webinar, we will discuss what conspiracy theory is, how it affects society, why it appeals to people, and how it has long endured in Western culture. We’ll explore the common features of these conspiracy theories and how they can sometimes have a certain "logic" factor to them, despite their irrationality. We’ll learn to avoid the seductive power of such theories and how to cultivate our own critical thinking at a time when we really need it.
Don't miss this session, hosted by Dr. David Black, Associate Professor for the School of Communication and Culture.