“Among the Truthers” is a remarkable book, not least because its author, Jonathan Kay, appears to have emerged with his sanity intact after. Q: I so appreciate Jonathan Kay for highlighting this phenomenon, and Diane for hosting him. I’ve been aware of this trend for several years. In Among the Truthers,journalist Jonathan Kay offers a thoughtful and sobering look at how socialnetworking and Web-based video sharing have engendered a .

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I do agree with him about the fact that fringe elements exist on the right and on the left of the political spectrum. I mean, these are classic motifs in conspiracy theorists literature going back hundreds of years. Published May 13, Updated May 2, And in some cases, as I said, there’s a germ of truth.

From Birthers, to Truthers, to Deathers—to occasional Liars—America seems to be crawling right now with fevered conspiracy mongers. Massive ongoing, undiscovered conspiracies are only possible in nations where information and power are tightly controlled such as modern-day North Korea. jonatban

The conspiracy theorists I interviewed generally were not violent in any way — and did not even pose any threat of violence that I could see. There are a few major problems with this book. But that wasn’t what I got. I have always been fascinated by conspiracy theorists and their sub-cultures, but it feels now as if that way of thinking has sprung out of Pandora’s Box and has seized our culture by its paranoid gonads.

The Assassination of President John F. I want to want to thank Jonathan Kay jpnathan writing this book and actually doing it in the most balanced way imaginable.

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One gets the impression correctly that only the extreme fringe of conservatives is involved in such conspiracy theories. It was an advertising konathan by Nestle to sell their bottled water back in the 80s. KAY Now, it’s groups of people creating YouTube videos, blogging on each other’s sites, putting comments. Diane went on to become a nationally syndicated talk radio host and Jane became a bishop in the Episcopal Church.


Jonathan Kay: “Among the Truthers”

This was a pretext. 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 amog journalistic detachment and admirable even-handedness.

In that case, it is impossible to disprove the thesis that there was a conspiracy because, by definition, if there was someone we don’t know about who was acting with Oswald, by definition the lone gunman theory is wrong. I so appreciate Jonathan Kay for highlighting this phenomenon, and Diane for hosting him.

Among the Truthers, by Jonathan Kay – The Globe and Mail

It’s so eclectic, it’s hard to define them. KAY That is true. You know, in terms of what you were saying about American democracy, you know, I think Americans don’t realize how many checks and balances they have against the kind of conspiracies they allege. Most were bookish internet addicts, not gun-toting types though, of course, there are always exceptions.

I should have guessed that Kay at least harbored neoconservative sympathies when he downplayed various examples of right-wing antisemitism on page 38, he denies that the lynching of Leo Frank and the subsequent flight of a great many Jews from the state of Georgia constituted a pogrom, only to actually conclude in the final third of the book [p.

Anyone who has looked around at the alarmingly fast decay of public discourse and “thought” over the past decade or so will find this one well worth their time.

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.


One organization counts the ways. Apr 17, Chad rated it really liked it Shelves: It is frightening what the human mind can believe. And they are often called truthers for shorthand. Among the Truthers really shook me up, more so than any expose of super churches or snake handlers. It does give a glance in conspiracy theory culture from all kind of spectrums. That way they’re able to square the way history has turned out with their beliefs.

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.

Instead of practicing drive-by commentary, Kay spent three years meeting with leading conspiracists, attending their conventions, reading their books and making a genuine effort to understand these suspicious minds. KAY The name of the author escapes me. Where was the journey through their underground? People who expect a book mocking conspiracy theories or expect only conspiracy theorist from the “other” spectrum is attack, should better not read at all and watch some Louis Theroux.

This book is not objective. And then, I think it washe was driving along the highway and he heard another conspiracy theorist on the radio, whose name was David Ray Griffin, and all of a sudden he had to pull his car to the side of the road because just, as he describes it, the truth just hit him about I understand your point about the country going through trauma, the Internet, but what motivates them as individuals, not only to believe, but then to try to promulgate such theories.