Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Writing Prompt: A Conspiracy

As myths have been widely discounted around the world, a more insidious form of mythology has risen to take its place:  the conspiracy theory.  Conspiracy theories explain events through complex stories containing a blend of fact, fiction, and sometimes deliberate disinformation.

The danger with conspiracy theories is that they often mask real conspiracies and they weaken resolve by causing confusion.  For example, the 9/11 attacks in 2001 were planned and undertaken by the Al Queda terrorist group with the funding and support of radical Islamicists around the world and with the help of at least some elements of the Saudi Arabian government.  A wide variety of conspiracy theories arose to blame the attacks on members of the George W. Bush administration and powerful government and business interests.  Tragically, these theories have led some people to doubt that reality of the 9/11 attacks with thoughts that the crashed planes were missiles holograms and not passenger jets full of innocent victims.  To some degree, these conspiracy theories diverted blame and attention from the real culprits and the threat they pose to the western world.

For today's writing prompt, create a conspiracy theory that explains a current event in the news in a way that is favorable to one country, political party, or religious movement.  Then, do the world a favor, don't promote it on the internet as a fact.  This is just a writing exercise.



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