The Washington Post is now getting in on this.
A comprehensive guide to the web’s many MH17 conspiracy theories
Conspiracy theories have always followed in the shadows of major tragedies, but the web seems to make all that detective work so much easier. You have forums like Reddit’s /r/conspiracy. Unabashedly unhinged “news” sites, like Infowars and Before Its News. And Friday morning, less than 24 hours after MH17 went down in Eastern Ukraine, all of them were frothing with alternative explanations for the crash.
Needless to say, these explanations rarely make any sense; conspiracy theories, particularly the viral Internet variety, are generally a cobbled patchwork of paranoia, wild speculation and overconfident amateur “sleuthing.”
That doesn’t make the MH17 theories any more realistic, or, in some case, any less offensive. But it does make them worth considering. After all, these are more than wacky fringe drivel — they are, in some ways, an expression of grief. (Worse, they’re things you might find yourself arguing with family members six months from now