- Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 12:10PM - 1:10PM
- SLB 128
- Open To The YLS Community Only
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Conspiracy theories have a renewed social prominence in American life. There's a strong emphasis on understanding their harms and their effects on how we make decisions. What's less well-understood, though, is how conspiracy communities influence each other, and how different forms of suspicion have begun to merge together, due to impacts as disparate as social media and the COVID-19 pandemic. We'll discuss how conspiracy communities find and influence each other, and how they create new forms of meaning and suspicion that can shape public discourse.
Anna Merlan is a journalist and author. She's currently a senior staff writer at Vice News. Her 2019 book is Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.
Open to the Yale Community only. Boxed lunches will be available at the end of the event.