Mapping the French conspiracist web

With the help of Rudy Reichstadt, founder of ConspiracyWatch, Joël Gombin presents here a map of French conspiracist websites. (More precisely, they are French-speaking websites: some of them are from Switzerland, Belgium or Quebec). This allows us to see how a dense network of websites help to spread conspiracy theories, making themselves seem more credible by linking to  Read more

August 4, 2014 in France, News, Research

The conspiratorial mindset in Europe

Scepticism is healthy for democracy, but not when it degenerates into belief in conspiracy theories. Dieudonné and Jobbik are but two recent examples that the conspiratorial mindset is alive and well in Europe.   Read the full article on the website of Open Democracy.    

January 30, 2014 in Europe, News, Press

Conspiracy Theories in the Norwegian Media

This report by Counterpoint discusses the results of a piece of research on conspiracy theories in the traditional Norwegian media, as part of Counterpoint’s ‘Rival Political Narratives’ project. The time frame chosen is from 1st January 2013 to 6th September 2013. This time frame covers a period of political campaigning for the 2013 parliamentary election,  Read more

January 14, 2014 in News, Norway, Research

The Conspiratorial Mindset in an Age of Transition

Conspiracy Theories in France, Hungary and Slovakia – Survey Results Executive summary Conspiracy theories should not be dismissed as a psychological problem that only affects a small minority – a subtler suspicion of political institutions and their power is far more pervasive. The current period of transition in Europe has resulted in increased uncertainty about  Read more

December 20, 2013 in Analyses, France, Hungary, News, Slovakia

Short report on Counterpoint and Slate.fr’s “media and conspiracy theories” seminar

On November 8, 2013, a seminar was organised by Counterpoint (Joël Gombin) and Slate.fr in la Gaîté Lyrique, Paris’ space for digital arts. The focus of this seminar was the relationships between the media and conspiracy theories. What should be done about them? Should they be ignored, at the risk of fueling the idea that  Read more

November 10, 2013 in France, News, Pilot projects

Seminar on popular education and conspiracy theories: summary and conclusions

Organised by Counterpoint, in partnership with the CNAJEP (Comité pour les relations nationales et internationales des associations de jeunesse et d’éducation populaire – committee for national and international associations of youth and popular education) – Paris, October 31, 2013.   This seminar brought together researchers and experts on conspiracy theories, including Rudy Reichstadt, founder of  Read more

November 2, 2013 in France, News, Pilot projects

Trust and conspiracy theories

In May, Counterpoint published a report on the French public’s interest in conspiracy theories. The findings were striking – 1 in 2 people believed that the government was not running the country and that they did not know who was pulling the strings. Moreover, 20 per cent believed that “some religious groups” and 27 per  Read more

July 3, 2013 in Analyses, France, News

Conspiracy Theories in France: Interim report

Counterpoint published its interim report on beliefs in conspiracy theories in France, as part of the project ”Rival political Narratives” with the Hungarian-based political consultancy Political Capital. Counterpoint’s focus countries for this project are France and Norway. The project is generously supported by the Open Society Foundations. As part of this project, Counterpoint is interested  Read more

May 6, 2013 in Analyses, France, News

Just another conspiracist?

France is bored. So, every now and then, the French like to indulge themselves in some fierce controversy with virtually nothing at stake. This year, the rentrée littéraire witnessed a polemic about a very short text (17 pages) entitled “Éloge littéraire d’Anders Breivik” (“Literary praise of Anders Breivik”), by Richard Millet. Millet is a prolific writer, and a  Read more

November 6, 2012 in Analyses, France, News

Shared dualisms: On populism and conspiracy theory

The number and importance of conspiracy theories appears to have increased globally over the last couple of decades. Many of these have focused on specific events (classics include the JFK assassination and the WTC attacks), but some of the more important contemporary conspiracy theories have been a direct consequence of socio-political developments in today’s society  Read more

July 24, 2012 in Analyses, France, News

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