Conspiracy theories. At one time they seemed to be nothing more than the ramblings of the neighborhood crazy; but with the proliferation of the internet and news aggregates that specialize in the field, what once were the fringe ideas of a madman are now becoming mainstream canon. Every day we see the rapid growth and spread of conspiratorial ideals through means of news sites, (whether you like them or not InfoWars has done a great job at spreading ideas that go against the mainstream school of thought)books and even college courses are being taught on the subject. Yes, there are entire political science programs built around conspiracy theories.
Enter this week’s guest, Joseph Uscinski. Joseph is a writer, researcher, speaker, and college professor. Joseph is a political science professor at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences. This may not seem that unusual, however, the subject matter he teaches is what sets him apart from your standard run of the mill instructor. Joseph teaches a class called “Conspiracy Theories and the Public” in his rotation, and since its inception has been one of the fastest-filling and hardest to get into classes there at the University of Miami.
The breadth of Joseph’s repertoire spans the entire conspiracy gambit and is clearly evident on the varying platforms in which he has been showcased on. Besides being a guest on this fantastic show (hey, what’s a little shameless self-promotion right?), Joseph has been featured in Wired magazine, NPR, The Washington Post, Politico, Newsweek, and even Cosmopolitan Magazine, among countless others. His message is rather simple and seems to garner a lot of attention where he goes, and that message is that people are fed up with propagated and falsified “news stories” that we are fed on a daily basis.
While most of us are pretty familiar with the common line up of conspiracy theories (e.g. 9/11, GMOs, “News channels” falsifying stories, climate change, etc.) Joseph poses a theory on a classic that has not been in the usual rotation that we are all too familiar with. While the number of shooters, where the bullet(s) came from, and the exact motive for killing JFK are all subjects that are widely discussed, the fate of JFK himself is something that is rarely if even discussed at all. The theory is a great one, but we can’t give it away here. You’ll have to listen to the show for that one.
Joseph is a fantastic guest providing his insight to a number of varying topics and is certainly worth following up with due to his impressive knowledge and expansiveness of subjects within the conspiratorial realm. It is always encouraged that you dear listener do the research yourself and see what sort of answers you find. To keep up with all the things that Joseph is up to, order his books, or even book him for a speaking engagement, drop by his website www.josephuscinski.com . You can also find his books through most major online retailers but if you find yourself wanting more of Joseph’s insight and happen to be in the Miami or Tucson area, try and schedule yourself into one of his classes.