No Hoax: Fighting COVID-19 has meant tackling conspiracy theories, even within families

For this special report by Global News, I was interviewed by Stewart Bell for my perspective on how family members can interact with individuals who have become adherents to conspiracy theories during the pandemic. Interwoven with tales of family turmoil and chaos I explain why conspiracy theories have become so prominent during the pandemic and their role in understanding the fears many people face during such turbulent times.

Watch the full report by Stewart Bell on Global News.

Know someone who believes unfounded COVID-19 theories? Here’s how to talk to them about it.

While some ideas are far-fetched, Carmen Celestini, a University of Waterloo academic who studies the history of conspiracy thought, says it may cause more harm to brush them off—legitimate fears often underpin these beliefs. “As a society, I think that it’s time for us to stop dismissing people who do believe in conspiracy theories.”

Read the full article by Lauren Scott on The Cambridge Times.

The Great Reset Conspiracy, COVID, and resistance

At the heart of the Great Reset Conspiracy, a theory that global elites are using the pandemic to establish a New World Order (NWO), is a confluence of fears brought forward by the pandemic, including economic, health, and the long-standing notion of elites enslaving humanity. The words of Prince Charles on June 3rd, 2020 to encourage the “resetting” of the global economy and humanity’s response to potentially cataclysmic climate change, did not evoke a movement, but instead served as the “proof” of the beginning of a New World Order (NWO). The words “the Great Reset” have now been uttered by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and conspiracists have re-interpreted President Joe Biden’s campaign slogan “Build Back Better,” as proof that the global elites are using the pandemic as their opportunity to establish the NWO.

Read the full article on H-Nationalism.