Between the anti-vaxxers, QAnon believers, and Donald Trump, we do seem to be living through a conspiracy theory peak. Jonn Elledge joins Laura Kelly and Katerina Sivitanides on BetterPod to unpick why people fall for seemingly ridiculous ideas – and how you can avoid being one of them.
Jonn Elledge is a journalist – and a Big Issue contributor – and along with his fellow author Tom Phillips, he has written Conspiracy: A History of Boll*cks Theories, and How Not to Fall for Them. It’s a funny and useful guide that uncovers the real life damage these ideas can do.
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