DOI link for Introduction: Conspiracy/Theory
Introduction: Conspiracy/Theory book
At the turn of the millennium in America it seems that conspiracy theories are everywhere. From JFK to The X-Files, from the Oklahoma bombing to TWA flight 800, and from rumors about the CIA distributing crack in the ghetto to suspicions about the origins of HIV/AIDS in a government laboratory, the language of conspiracy has become a familiar feature of the political and cultural landscape in the last couple of decades. Even the First Lady has intoned the word "conspiracy" on national television. During an interview on NBC's Today show, before her husband's public confession in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hillary Rodham Clinton attacked the President's accusers, claiming that there is a "vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president." 1 Although her remark generated much comment and more than its share of mockery, not least on talk radio, it was nonetheless in keeping with the times. 2 The possibility of a conspiratorial explanation has come to be taken for granted (or at least cynically evoked), from the darkest recesses of the Internet, right up to the White House.