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Conspiracy Theories

28 February 2016

From author Barry Eisler via Youtube:

Thanks to Dan for the tip.

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7 Comments to “Conspiracy Theories”

  1. This reminds me of the side story running on The Good Wife the last few seasons with the surveillance of the main character.

  2. Sometimes I feel like I’m in The Truman Show or The Matrix.

  3. Cool interview, thanks for posting. I’d love to hear more of this. I’m surprised there aren’t more comments. Maybe the usual commenters are still recovering from yesterday’s Trump post. 🙂

    I love reading and researching conspiracies, and as Barry said, it can be scary when you find out some of the stuff that’s actually true. Thing is, you can’t really talk about this stuff. People have this cognitive dissonance that comes into play, and even if you present them with the facts and the history, they often flat out refuse to believe.

    • As a general rule I’m dismissive of conspiracy theories — who could be bothered to sit around thinking of things to do to you? The mentality is alien to me. But the past few years have been rather hard on my assumptions; apparently a lot of people have too much time on their hands. Idle hands and all that.

      Do you put conspiracies in your novels? I’m pondering how they would be made convincing. It seems to me if there was a magnificent secret (aliens are real and they visit here, for example) then there’d have to be an equally magnificent reason that everyone in on it would keep their silence. Even Sammy “The Bull” Gravano didn’t do omerta, he talked.

      Ironically (since it’s fantasy not a political thriller), the Monster Hunter books offered a good reason for the government conspiracy to keep the monsters secret: if people believed they existed, it would strengthen belief in Cthulhu et al, and hasten their arrival. In real life I expect real scenarios to include a Gravano or two.

      • I started researching various conspiracy theories for my YA fantasy Shadow Born series, as well as my thriller “Erased.” For the kids’ books, the conspiracies were treated as an adventure (underground military bases, flying saucers, etc.) but the thriller revolves around the more serious black-ops brainwashing projects similar to MK-Ultra or the Manchurian Candidate.

        Even in the thriller you have to suspend disbelief, of course. I wanted it to be exciting, not scary. If I wanted it to be scary, I would have written a book about the U.S. government knowingly testing chemicals and biological weapons on United States citizens by releasing gases into subways and taxi cabs. (Which really happened, but almost no one believes it even though you can watch the documentaries on History or Discovery channels.)

  4. Do I hold Barry accountable for the word “benefits” being misspelled in that video, or someone else?

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