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Critical thinking: Conspiracy theories, urban legends, and moral panics

If you’re teaching critical thinking and looking for timely and engaging material, why not try a conspiracy theory?

BLM Protests

Snopes https://www.snopes.com/?s=floyd Note: A lot of this is misinformation and rumor, rather than conspiracy theory

Snopes https://www.snopes.com/?s=blm Note: A lot of this is misinformation and rumor, rather than conspiracy theory

Edmond, Charlotte. Conspiracy theories have flourished during the pandemic – here’s how to stop them in their tracks. World Economic Forum, 9/2/20 (Helpful charts)

Alba, Davey; Decker, Ben. Trump spread multiple conspiracy theories on Monday. Here are their roots. New York Times, 9/1/20

Hosenball, Mark; Mason, Jeff; Lynch, Sarah N. Trump alleges plane of 'thugs' being probed, but other officials cannot confirm it. Reuters, 9/1/2020

Baker, Peter. Trump Embraces Fringe Theories on Protests and the Coronavirus. New York Times, 8/30/2020

Seitz, Amanda. Facebook groups pivot from targeting stay-at-home orders to misinformation on racial injustice protests. Associated Press/USAToday. 7/5/20

Wong, Queenie. Coronavirus, BLM conspiracy theories collide on Facebook and Twitter. CNET, 6/28/2020

Kaplan, Alex. A debunked conspiracy theory about Black Lives Matter, ActBlue, and Democrats can be traced to far-right message boards. Media Matters, 6/12/2020

Ellis, E.G. Wired: The world was primed for protest conspiracy theories. Jun. 4, 2020.

Rodrigo, C.M. The Hill: Conspiracy theories run rampant online amid Floyd protests. Jun. 3, 2020

BBC News Reality Check: George Floyd protests: Misleading footage and conspiracy theories spread online. Jun. 2, 2020

CBSN: Online conspiracy theories spread after the death of George Floyd. Jun. 3, 2020

Klepper, David & Laurie Hinnant. George Soros conspiracy theories surge as protests sweep US. June 21, 2020. APNews.

It's all connected

As QAnon expands, it pulls in the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-vaxxing, the 2020 Presidential election, and more. Articles, podcast episodes, and videos are posted in the tab where they seem most salient, but please check the QAnon tab for items that are mostly about QAnon but include other subjects.