Thursday, 6 September 2007

The 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

Below is a documentary from BBC about the 9/11 conspiracies. It it interesting because it gives us a glimpse into the psychology of conspiracy theories. People like to believe that someone else is to blame especially when the explanation given doesn't please them. News reports can be spun and then once it spreads it takes on a new form. What really surprised me was how a simple news report from the Jerusalem Post that 4000 Israelis were around the area at the time led to a story that 4000 Jews (not all Israelis are Jews) took the day off because they were tipped off by Mossad. This idea spread very quickly in the Middle East. In fact, nine percent of those who died when the towers fell were Jewish, which is in line with the proportion of Jews who commute to New York City.

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