According to a recent study, conspiracy theorists are more sensible in comment forums than conventional thinkers.
The study, published in 2013 by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent, and titled “‘What about Building 7?’ A Social Psychological Study of Online Discussion of 9/11 Conspiracy Theories,” compared pro-conspiracy “conspiracists” and anti-conspiracy “conventionalists.”
After analyzing news websites comments, researchers found more people actually leave so-called conspiracist comments than conventional ones.
“Of the 2174 comments collected, 1459 were coded as conspiracist and 715 as conventionalist,” the researchers wrote.
Additionally, researchers found conventionalist commenters were more aggressive in trying to convince others of their viewpoint.
As mentioned in Conspiracy Theory in America, a book by political scientist Lance deHaven-Smith, “The CIA’s campaign to popularize the term ‘conspiracy theory’ and make conspiracy belief a target of ridicule and hostility must be credited, unfortunately, with being one of the most successful propaganda initiatives of all time.”
But then, maybe the study is a conspiracy?
Thanks to News Target for the heads-up!
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