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Denialist Journalism and Conspiracy Theories

  • Seth C. Kalichman
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How is it that seemingly intelligent and often well-educated people can come to believe that HIV does not cause AIDS? Why is pseudoscience accepted over sound science? Journalists, mathematicians, chemists, physicists, lawyers, and nearly anyone who starts a web site seems capable of countering 25 years of biomedical research. Their message is one that anyone would surely welcome; that HIV is harmless. They also say that AIDS is only a problem for the most marginalized people and it is of their own doing. The journalists who propagate denialism hold the most appeal to those who mistrust science, medicine and government; the new anti-establishment truth seekers who look toward the Internet for their sense of reality. Denialists share much in common with 9/11 Truth groups and those who doubt that man ever landed on the moon. All conspiracy theories link a corrupt government with big business to hoax the American public. Whether the focus be on the Defense Department in cahoots with the...

Keywords

Goal Post Central Intelligence Agency Conspiracy Theory National Security Agency Conspiracy Belief 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for HIVUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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