Learn to recognize conspiracy theories and explain what makes people vulnerable to conspiratorial thinking.
News literacy topics
Bias; Conspiratorial thinking; Digital citizenship; Evaluating evidence; Fact-checking and verification; Misinformation; Social media
“According to a recent study, just over half of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory. People believe in conspiracy theories for a lot of reasons and not necessarily because they’re too trusting or uneducated. So why do people sometimes find conspiracy theories so compelling?
They offer sensational and simple narratives. Conspiracy theories are often dramatic and even shocking stories that offer simplified explanations for events we may not fully understand and they often meet important psychological needs for the people who believe in them.”