How is the demise of professional journalism linked with the rapid uptake of conspiracy theories across modern culture?

Has the internet convinced people to suspend their powers of disbelief or was society always willing to follow their biases and dissatisfactions to help them understand their world?

Elise Thomas discusses how crazy is laundered from the darker fringes of the internet all the way into mainstream media and how a reduction in professional journalism in the digital age allows alternative truths and paranoid theories to take hold and what this means for the future of democracy.

The laundering of crazy and the future of democracy: Elise Thomas

Elise Thomas

Researcher, International Cyber Policy Centre
Australian Strategic Policy Institute