“One grandmother said”: political scientist Confisakhor called conspiracy theories after the September 11 tragedy logical


Around the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, various conspiracy theories are being built in the United States, and their reason lies not only in the nature of the person himself, prone to riddles, says Alexander Confisakhor, associate professor of the Department of Political Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology of St. Petersburg State University. In a conversation with a Rosbalt correspondent, the political scientist described the high level of American distrust in the official version of the tragedy as natural.

“People have always loved the incomprehensible, miracle, be it good or, God forbid, bad. Mankind tends to react to such things, relying less on official data and propaganda. The official is not believed not only in Russia. Such “interesting” comes to people more than dry bulletins. That is why detective stories and science fiction are more popular than Rosstat reports, ”said Confisakhor.

According to him, human nature, however, is not the only factor that predetermines the high level of distrust among citizens.

“You have to understand what kind of information it is, by whom it is transmitted, at what time and in relation to what. If the information is easy to verify, then, of course, they are perceived very differently. But the tragedy of September 11 was very mysterious from the very beginning, and, naturally, people, not having received full information, tend to think out. And then like a chain reaction. Any fantasy gets bizarre shapes. As they say, one grandmother said, and everyone starts to believe, ”said the expert.

Such phenomena are universal throughout the world, he said, and conspiracy theories can emerge even in democracies where governments are more open.

The tragedy in the United States happened exactly 20 years ago, on September 11, 2001. Around the events, several conspiracy theories arose: from the theory of a controlled explosion, the control of aircraft by the American authorities to the fantastic.


Source: Росбалт by www.rosbalt.ru.

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