chapter  2
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Politics in Conventions: Conspiracy as a Cinematic Trope for System

Apparently President George W. Bush once took a dim view of Conspiracy Theory (1997), “the weird, noirish tale of a comically paranoid taxi driver (Mel Gibson) who discovers-when the CIA crashes into his life to torture himthat ‘they’ really are out to get him.”2 Newsweek reported that Bush “didn’t like it-big time. Slow start, confusing plot, just a mess.”3 Social scientists have not always agreed with Bush or any other president, but here they find some common cause. Social scientists scorn conspiracy theory-big time. Likewise they scoff at the conspiracy politics in popular films.