Is the angel of grief mourning the loss of common sense?
Getting started on your conspiracy theory
First you need to select a tragedy that has been a hot news item. The more people who have died, the better.
Take advantage of the initial confusion
As with all tragedies, speculation of what has transpired will be rampant. In the midst of the confusion reporters repeat hearsay and use unknown sources for information. Suspects may named and later cleared, and many preliminary "eyewitness" reports may be wrong.
All of this misinformation can be useful for your forthcoming financial fabrication. This is an excellent time to gather news clips and print articles that can be used when you formulate your conspiracy.
Find an angle that appeals to the gullible
Now you need to link your information to someone or something that has a negative connotation with a large number of people. For example, many people distrust the government. Tying your conspiracy to the government will play on people's fears. Since the government isn't prone to denying every crazy conspiracy, it will be hard for fact checkers to disprove your "theory."
Other potential scapegoats can be the Illuminati, United Nations, Jews, Muslims, Commies, and single mothers.
Pay No Mind to the Man Behind the Curtain
Use video of the tragedy to your advantage
Some people can easily be swayed by a well produced video. Intertwine your commentary with footage of the tragedy, pointing out what early reporters said erroneously and present it as fact.
You can also use footage of other entirely unrelated events if the footage appears similar to the real video coverage of the scene of the tragedy. The gullible do not do any fact checking.
Even innocent children can be caught up in the lunacy of conspiracy theories
Use and manipulate photographs as "proof" of your theory
Photographs are very useful for creating doubt. The photographs above are a wonderful example. A picture of two similar looking girls (sisters in fact) can be used as evidence of a conspiracy.
Photoshop is also useful when you need photographic "proof" to back up your story. Just be careful with the details. In the photographs below, a young Barack Obama's knee was not fully removed from the second image.
Oops! The person who photoshopped this image didn't do very well.
Putting it All Together
Now that you have your video, photographs, and a suitable "bad guy", work on creating your story.
Look for small details that can be twisted to support your storyline. Did someone who was grieving appear to smile? Use that detail and weave it into your story. Were early details reported, then shown to be false?
Ignore the truth. Seize upon those early incorrect reports and compare them to later news reports. The conflicting stories will give the appearance of changing stories, and ultimately a massive cover-up and conspiracy.
Social media - if it's on the internet it must be true
To get your story out and obtain fame and money, social media outlets are wonderful. Promote your "news" and "in-depth reports" on YouTube Facebook, and Twitter.
You will reach the people who want to believe the bad things about everyone who scares them, and they in turn will help spread your conspiracy theories to their friends and followers.
Sit back, and let your blood-stained money flow in.
Obama controls the weather according to Rush Limbaugh
Who Profits from Conspiracy Theories?
Rush Limbaugh: Who can forget the Vince Foster conspiracy? Or the Iceland volcano eruption and Hurricane Isaac conspiracies that President Obama was supposedly part of? He has built his empire making money off sheeple, racking in over $300 million.
Alex Jones: Alex Jones career has really taken off lately; he now has a net worth of over $5 million dollars. Salon.com has an excellent article outlining how Alex Jones is profiting off the fear and gullibility of others. Says Salon.com: "Jones didn't invent the business model, but he may have perfected it. He comes from a long line of what historian Robert Goldberg calls “conspiracy entrepreneurs....But while others merely got by on the sale of their books and tapes and lectures to a niche audience, Jones has industrialized conspiracy for a mass audience.”
You can read the whole story at Alex Jones: Conspiracy, Inc.
Ironically, Alex Jones is himself a target of conspiracy theorists.
- He is accused of being a "Zionist shill" because his wife is supposedly Jewish.
- He is accused of having a man murdered to shut him up.
- He is accused of being a mole agent for the New World Order and the Illuminati.
Glenn Beck: He has a net worth of over $100 million. He has spent most of his career scaring people who tune into his radio and television shows. The end is near! Buy gold and seeds!
Hmmm...How do I get a piece of the action? Nah, I'm not a money-whore without a conscience.
The Boston Marathon Bombing, a New Opportunity to Profit
Immediately after the bombing in Boston, the conspiracy theorists are seeing a chance to use the tragedy for their own gain.
Here are some tweets from conspiracy theorist profiteer Alex Jones. I have removed links.
Alex Jones ✔ @RealAlexJones
Explosions at the Boston Marathon. Don't that the FBI has been behind virtually every domestic terror plot in the US, as NY Times reported.
Tune in for OVERDRIVE http://bit.ly/AlexJonesLive #Boston - Just wait folks, #TSA groping you at sporting events coming soon.
See the full story at Salon.com
Do you believe?
Conspiracy Links (or are They?)
- Dakota Inspired: A Progressive in North Dakota: The Top Conspiracy Theories of 2012
- Who makes money or other benefits from Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy theories are known and loved the world over. They act as social safety valves and lend a cover of kookiness that allows real conspiracies to be exposed safely without any risk they will be believed.
- How Stuff Works; How Conspiracy Theories Work
It\'s interesting to consider conspiracy theories, weigh the evidence and come up with a conclusion. Learn what makes a conspiracy theory.
- Conspiracy Theories | Cracked.com
Deborah Reno from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on February 02, 2017:
Awesome article! Clearly I have missed my calling as a conspiracy theorist. I think I'll get started straightaway.
Thanks for writing this entertaining piece.
Gable Rhoads (author) from North Dakota on December 27, 2016:
Thank goodness YouTube is patriotic!
tinfoil hat on December 26, 2016:
Youtube is increasing deeming conspiracy vids ineligible for monetization. Don't use words like staged, false flag or crisis actors in tags or description
jgshorebird on September 02, 2015:
Alex Jones and Glenn Beck, oh yeah. Often connecting wayward dots. But Rush? Haven't heard or read that he bases his beliefs, some of which I discount, on conspiracies. I have heard him leave the question open. The Vince Foster issue for example. But beck and most assuredly Jones, the masters of look there, but not here.
Gable Rhoads (author) from North Dakota on March 07, 2013:
Thanks. I was hoping no one would take it seriously. ;)
Sheri Dusseault from Chemainus. BC, Canada on March 07, 2013:
I love your use of sarcasm here. You would think people would have better things to do.
Alex Munkachy from Honolulu, Hawaii on March 07, 2013:
Now I feel fully equipped to become the next Alex Jones.
Gable Rhoads (author) from North Dakota on February 28, 2013:
Lisa Stover from Pittsburgh PA on February 27, 2013:
Wow, never knew it was that easy to get us all to believe stuff! Great hub, very entertaining.