The term conspiracy theory is defined as a belief that powerful people or groups are responsible for events or situations due to secret plans that are illegal or harmful. There is many conspiracy theories that captivated the American people, but the most controversy conspiracy theory that leaves many unanswered questions for years is the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Friday of November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, JFK, was shot at 12:30 PM while traveling in Dallas, Texas to appear for the next presidential campaign. Thousands of Americans whom was present at Dallas, Texas just witness the murder of the United States president. Many Americans believed that the United States government was behind the JFK assassination.
In the essay The View from the Midwest (2001 issue of Rolling Stone), novelist David Foster Wallace gives a detailed account and explores a different angle of the September 11 attack. In this passionate piece of writing, he discloses personal experiences and vividly describes what he goes through on the day of attack and the day after, piece by piece through a labyrinth of narratives. He talks about his next door neighbor, a retired CPA and vet, and about his best friend’s mother, Mrs Thompson. Through his essay, Wallace tries to spotlight the patriotic stigma and the terrifying undaunting faith people have in the system. In this paper, I confer about Wallace’s view that is, the failure of the general public to follow through with the transformation
“Overall, I would just call him socially awkward, I don’t know, shy and quiet. Didn’t really look you in the eye,” said one of the Lanza’s family neighbors (Vogel). In the United States through 2013 and 2015, on average, there were two school shootings a month. Sandy Hook Elementary school was one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history, (Ray).
For over 20 years, millions of Americans have been following the twisted and unsolved murder of six-year old beauty contestant JonBenet Ramsey. Christmas of 1996 brought terror to Boulder, Colorado as the world watched the crime scene unfold as Little Miss Colorado was found strangled in the basement of her family’s home. Pieces from the brutal murder such as a lengthy ransom note are unheard of, leaving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shocked. Two decades later, the case remains a mystery due to police mishap, mishandled evidence, and an abundance of conspiracy theories. Suspicions have ranged from her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, to the outrageous, Santa Claus. One of the more credible theories is that JonBenet’s brother, Burke,
To understand the draw of conspiracy theories, we must first understand the role of appeals to ignorance. An appeal to ignorance is a form of abductive argument which assumes a conclusion based on lack of evidence refuting it. This is generally seen in the form of arguments such as ‘you can’t prove that Bush didn’t do 9/11 so it must mean that he did.’
Conspiracy theories are widely known in the society that we live in today. Webster’s definition of a conspiracy theory is a theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups. Conspiracy theories are accepted by many people in the world that we live in today. A recent conspiracy theory involves the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot and killed twenty students. Americans were devastated by this tragedy. People were shocked that such a tragic event could take place and immediately had to find a place to push the blame. This blame got placed on the United States Government. Society buys into the Sandy Hook conspiracy theory because of the mindset on
Two Days in October is a documentary that covers the multidimensional story of the battle of Ong Thanh in Vietnam and the student protests at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This film shows examples of different techniques used that assist journalists when telling the story of October, 1967. The way they tell the story of the of the student protest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the front line of the Vietnam War exposes some of the nuances and demonstrates that the topic was not as simplistic as people viewed it at the time. While using similar techniques to what was used in the documentary “Two Days in October”, Journalists of today can also demonstrate the complexity of multidimensional stories. These are stories that are not black and white, but that look at everyone’s perspective and ideals. The goal of these stories
But I?ve done so in a roundabout manner: by asking an assortment of big thinkers and public figures to address the question, What if 9/11 never happened? Now, let?s be clear, we?re well aware that the dangers of counterfactual speculation (If Bobby Kennedy had never been shot, then Nixon would never have been elected! So no Watergate! No Carter! No Reagan! Etc., etc., etc.) Are almost as grave as those of unbridled futurism. But we also see the virtues of an approach that appeals both to left-brain analytics and right-brain imagination and that, in the process, tends to uproot hidden assumptions and challenge conventional
A few months after the attacks of 9/11 a group of skeptics formed something called “The 9/11 Truth Movement”. This group found a number of occurrences and facts that make some of the attacks and other happenings of 9/11, not likely, possibly set up, and in some cases nearly
Nearly the whole country watched in horror on the morning of September 11, 2001. As the planes crashed and the towers burned, many thought it simply wasn’t true. They believed that it was impossible that someone could hate America that much. It was true, and it left lasting effects on Americans everywhere. Al-Qaeda had carried out a plan so horrific that it killed nearly three thousand people.
The fear that was created from 9/11 was no doubt over whelming. Charles Krauthammer argues in this article that we as Americans created this fear ourselves. He goes onto add in this article that was published in the Washington Post on September 8, 2011 that we as Americans overreacted to 9/11. Throughout his article he presents a lot of research and then analyses what he finds.
A Muslin friend and I were discussing the fear that some Americans feel when they encounter him. He was born in America and considers himself a good citizen. I have known him for years. After 9-11 he was not allowed to play outside when we were kids. His parents were afraid that he would be bullied or even assaulted because of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and the crashed airplane in Pennsylvania. After we talked I decided to research what happened during 9-11 and why along with other incidents that happened in the 1900’s.
Another widely theorized conspiracy concept is the one of patternicity. Shermer in the article presents two types of patterns, of which type 1 believing there is a pattern when there isn’t any and type 2 believes there is no pattern when there is. This patternicity theory is applied to the attacks on 9/11 as it is believed that the United States used the attacks along with the claim of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to invade and extract their goal which was believed by many conspiracy theorists to be oil. As the author said, most people tend to make type 1 patterns as it is better to be safe than
There hundreds of conspiracy’s and with that more made every day, there are ones that aren’t widely known and then there are. For example Roswell New Mexico, there is the conspiracy and how it was founded, the statements made by the people, and then the cover up made from the government.
“In the aftermath of September eleventh, a U.S. study of more than two thousand adults found that more time spent watching television coverage of the attacks was associated with elevated rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” This shows that the more you learn about these attacks after they have already happened has a large impact on your mental health. This shows how many people ate affected by acts of terrorism. The study included people who took the threat seriously and people who just brushed it off their shoulders. Also, most people react to these attacks in a constructive and rational matter. These people are not terrified by the attacks because they know what the terrorists want. Terrorists want to case fear and terror because that is their job. If we don’t show fear to them we can minimize the number of terrorist