Usage of "Conspiracy Theorist" as Ad Hominem Attack
Usage of "Conspiracy Theorist" as Ad Hominem Attack
By Russ Baker/Skeptiko.com / skeptiko.com
May 23, 2014

"I like to call it a dysphemism. A dysphemism is a euphemism for something else that has a negative connotation. And it is beautiful. It is one of the best propaganda terms ever invented because the second you say, ‘Yeah, I don’t know he is a bit of a conspiracy theorist,’ for most people it sends out signals meaning the person is a little bit off base. You may want to have nothing to do with them as they could make you look bad. And so it is incredibly effective. There aren’t that many other terms you could use that easily beyond sort of saying that somebody smells. If we’re having a dinner party should I invite him to the dinner party? Well you know, she smells, he’s a conspiracy theorist. There aren’t that many other things you could say. I mean, if you are saying, ‘Hey, invite him to the dinner party,’ and somebody else says, ‘Well, they work for the council on foreign relations,’ that’s much more nuance. You have to discuss what that is and is it good or bad and so forth. So this term is a very, very powerful and deliberate term designed to shut down conversation."  

0.0 ·
0
Featured Pay Per View Films
Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective (2015)
92 min
Within Reach (2013)
87 min
The Economics of Happiness (2011)
65 min
Trending Today
15 Easy Things You Can Do to Help When You Feel Like Shit
Maritsa Patrinos4,731 views today ·
Born Sexy Yesterday: Another Gendered Hollywood Movie Trope That Needs to Die
18 min2,116 views today ·
AI Has Already Taken Over - It's Called the Corporation
Jeremy Lent1,878 views today ·
Dear Fellow White People: Did I Ever Tell You about the Time I Realised I was Racist?
5 min1,863 views today ·
6 Simple Self-Compassion Exercises
5 min1,838 views today ·
The Design Flaw at the Core of Humanity's Malaise
Judith Schwartz1,422 views today ·
What Happened When One Family Decided to Go Outdoors Three Hours a Day for a Year
Hannah Alexander1,399 views today ·
Why Does Our Culture Focus So Much on Childbirth and So Little on The Time After?
Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett1,267 views today ·
Bitcoin For Activists - What You Need to know
Nathan Schneider1,247 views today ·
Load More


Love Films For Action? 

If you feel like you get some value from this library, consider making a donation today. Every little bit helps.

Join us on Facebook
Usage of "Conspiracy Theorist" as Ad Hominem Attack