DR. CLAIRE BIRCHALL KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
CONSPIRACY THEORY (Wiki)
Clare Birchall at King's College London describes conspiracy theory as a "form of popular knowledge or interpretation".[b] By acquiring the title 'knowledge', conspiracy theory is considered alongside more 'legitimate' modes of knowing.[c] The relationship between legitimate and illegitimate knowledge, Birchall claims, is far closer than common dismissals of conspiracy theory would have us believe. Other popular knowledge might include alien abduction narratives, gossip, some new age philosophies, religious beliefs, and astrology.
MY QUESTION: Might it be possible to place subjective probabilities on the possible truth of particular conspiracy theories? These can be regarded as imaginative hypotheses.
- Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip (London: Berg, 2006).
- New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory, eds. Clare Birchall and Gary Hall (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006).
- ‘Between Transparency and Secrecy’, Theory, Culture & Society, Volume 28, Nos. 7-8, December 2011.
- ‘The Secret Issue’, Cultural Studies, Volume 21, No.1 January 2007.
- ‘Data.gov-in-a-box: Delimiting Transparency’, European Journal of Social Theory 18(2) March 2015.
- ‘Aesthetics of the Secret’, New Formations 83, January 2015: 25-46.
- ‘Radical Transparency?’, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 14(1), February 2014: 77-88.
DATA GOES POP (Video)