Group 2 // Section 2 // 3:30 p.m. // Conspiracy Theories

Panel Members: Brooke, Cat, Courtney, and Kim

Discussion Questions:

  • After the worst mass shooting in American history in Las Vegas, Brian Hodge has been accused of meeting up with the shooter or ISIS members, having affiliations with the shooter, hiding in the bushes near the concert, any many other accusations. Hodge has received death threats, suffered paranoia, and remains a suspect in many American citizens eyes. How did the idea of Hodge’s involvement become so widespread? Even if proven innocent, are some people likely to remain suspicious if his involvement is now a conspiracy theory?
  • Our second article dives into three basic needs that humans have that may drive why we believe in conspiracy theories. Do you agree with these? If not, do you think there is some kind of other deep rooted issue in humans that cause the need and ultimately the satisfaction one might feel when following/believing a conspiracy theory?

Readings:

Counter-Technology: Metabunk.org