Open Thread: Have You Lost a Loved One to a Conspiracy Theory?

The past four years have transformed fringe theories into mainstream movements. How has it changed us?

In a new investigation for GEN, Matthew Remski writes about a wellness guru turned Covid-denialist, and the short hop it takes for influencers to gather their flock around a conspiracy theory.

U.S. polling now shows that up to 50% of respondents have reservations about the safety and efficacy of a Covid vaccine. And QAnon, once a fringe thread on 4-Chan, has made its way into mainstream politics.

How have conspiracy theories affected your life or the lives of your loved ones? How has your understanding of conspiracy theories changed since 2016, and where do you think it will go from here?

Let us know in the comments what you've experienced.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store