In an interview with Alysia Santo, Robert Goldberg explains why Americans are prone to conspiratorial thinking.
Here’s an excerpt: “And add another piece to this: the Internet. You go into this echo chamber, all saying that this is true, that this is possible. And what I argue is that people go onto the web, not for information, but for confirmation. If they’re already suspicious, they’re going to find their suspicions validated, and what the psychologists say is the more and more you are presented with the truth of your opinion, the stronger you hold onto those opinions and the more extreme you get.”
Read the entire interview here: A history professor explains why Americans are so prone to conspiracy theories – Business Insider