Two Harvard law professors wrote this back in 2008. It's a hell of a lot to take in but for those interested it debates not only realising 'alternate theory' exists and how 'damaging' theory can be but 'bringing forth measures' on how to deal with such theory, as the closing paragragh concludes;
''Some conspiracy theories create serious risks. They do not merely undermine
democratic debate; in extreme cases, they create or fuel violence. If government can
dispel such theories, it should do so. One problem is that its efforts might be
counterproductive, because efforts to rebut conspiracy theories also legitimate them. We
have suggested, however, that government can minimize this effect by rebutting more
rather than fewer theories, by enlisting independent groups to supply rebuttals, and by
cognitive infiltration designed to break up the crippled epistemology of conspiracyminded
groups and informationally isolated social networks.''
Sunstein is currently Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he is on leave while working in the Obama administration as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Politik reads alternate news sites. In fact Obama was on kritterbox.com just last night and told me personally that he thinks jayrodney and octo are commie spies.......
Seriously though great read. I especially like the last few words 'informationally isolated social networks'.
I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side. Just one thing I got to know. Who won?