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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?


Stice, Elizabeth. Conspiracies in the Classroom. Opinion piece. Inside Higher Ed. 6/3/2021

Video: Todd, Chuck; Mark Murry; Carrie Dan. Study finds nearly one-in-five Americans believe QAnon conspiracy theories. Meet the Press. 5/27/2021 (posted 5/27 but some of video is from months earlier)

NBCNewsCaldwell, Noah; Mia Venkat; Jarenwattananon. America's Satanic Panic Returns — This Time Through QAnon. All Things Considered. 5/18/2021

Conger, K. (2020, July 24). Twitter Takedown Targets QAnon Accounts. The New York Times.

Ortutay, Barbara. YouTube follows Twitter and Facebook with QAnon crackdown. ABC News. October 15, 2020

Wong, Q. Facebook intensifies its crackdown on QAnon conspiracy theory. CNET. August 10, 2020

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Podcast: Vogt, PJ; Goldman,Alex; Dzotsi, Emmanuel. Country of Liars. Reply All podcast 9/18/20

Davis, Susan. House Votes To Condemn QAnon Conspiracy Theory: 'It's A Sick Cult'. NPR 10/2/20

Jennings, Rebecca. What we can learn about QAnon from the Satanic Panic. Vox. 9/25/20.

McNeal, Stephanie. The Netflix Movie "Cuties" Has Become The Latest Target Of #SaveTheChildren Conspiracy Theorists. Buzzfeed News. 9/11/20

O'Sullivan, Donie. 911 dispatchers slammed with calls about QAnon-backed false claims about wildfires. CNN 9/11/20

LaFrance, Adrienne. “The Prophecies of Q.” The Atlantic. Accessed June 22, 2020.

Wong, Julia Carrie. Down the Rabbit Hole: How QAnon Conspiracies Thrive on Facebook. The Guardian Jul. 25, 2020.

Video: Complex News: QAnon: What You Need to Know About The Online Right Wing Conspiracy Collective Mar. 26, 2019

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.