Fears and questions about viruses and vaccines drive conspiracy theories. It is also difficult to reach anyone who is no longer listening to facts and science. In this pandemic, conspiracy theories are making a comeback, says historian of ideas Andreas Onerforsh of Uppsala University.
The problem with conspiracy theorists is that they question the basis of what we consider correct, which is scientific thinking.
Conspiracy theories have Admittedly, science and facts have been held hostage for centuries, but today’s reality provides extraordinarily good soil for misinformation to take hold.
Legitimate concerns and questions about both the virus and vaccines can quickly get the wrong answers through disinformation websites and fake social media posts. It may be conspiracy theories such as that an evil force elite is spreading the virus deliberately, or that a pandemic does not really exist.
Misinformation spreads from Both authoritarian states have commercial interests and individuals. The results appear in the form of, among other things, illegal demonstrations against restrictions and vaccinations, as some participants believe in conspiracy theories.
Annelie Frank, project manager for Faktajouren at Media Institute Fojo at Linnaeus University, says everyone now, not least the well-known media, should do their best to stop the new hiring.
Those who already believe in all of this are hard to come by. You shouldn’t underestimate this with one person at a time. We’ve seen how much damage a single person can do is drawn to this. Annelie Frank says that for everyone who doesn’t participate in this, a lot can be won.