Are Conspiracy Theories just Collaborative Storytelling?

Marcus Gilroy-Ware

Marcus Gilroy-Ware will share insights of his work on communication habits and explore what drives the narratives that are often called "conspiracy theories". Ultimately, these narratives can be seen as a type of co-creative storytelling, but their origins and motivations go far deeper.
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Lightning Talk

Why do we believe in illuminati, aliens, lizard-human hybrids, and invisible microchips, whilst ignoring investigative reporting and shareholder reports? The answers to this are complex, but part of it is that we love a great story. And not only do we love stories, we also love having the chance to be part of co-creating that story as we make sense of our circumstances and express our political anger. As collective stories, conspiracy theories are also an important window into their adherents' collective political imagination, and as times change, these stories can teach us valuable lessons about the change to that imagination.

An image of Marcus Gilroy-Ware on a grey background, with a dark blazer and blue jumper.
Writer and researcher