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Pizzagate and Beyond: Using Social Research to Understand Conspiracy Legends

Pizzagate and Beyond: Using Social Research to Understand Conspiracy Legends

by Jeffrey S. Debies-Carl
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

It is tempting to dismiss events such as last year’s “Pizzagate” shooting as the work of disturbed or unintelligent people, but social research provides an opportunity to explain the seemingly absurd episode and perhaps help avert future tragedies.

Becoming Fantastic: Why Some People Embellish Their Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales

Becoming Fantastic: Why Some People Embellish Their Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales

by Eric Wojciechowski
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

To increase excitement into what is perceived as a normal, uneventful life, some people create their own personal myths of adventure and accomplishment. These are not just exaggerations of real events, and such narratives can be in the realm of the fantastic.