Conspiracy Corner – The Invasion of Mars

I don’t care whether you think the Olympics is fantastic or just a large waste of time and someone’s public monies: landing a battletank (it has lasers) on Mars is probably the most exciting thing to have happened this week, and so this week’s “Conspiracy Corner” was all about Mars and the Mars-related conspiracy theories that so quickly sprung up, full-formed, over at Alex Jones’s website.

There was a lot I didn’t either get to say (due to timing) or just forgot to say. Really, if I had been thinking about it, I wouldn’t have ended with the “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons” theme but, rather, Tom Jones’s “It’s Not Unusual” (which was put to such good effect in “Mars Attacks!”). I would have mentioned “Capricorn One” (which I believe I talked about when we covered the Moon Landing Hoax conspiracy theories a while back) and I probably would have spent some more time talking about how useless a distraction a Mars landing (with, admittedly, a fully-armed battletank) would actually be in this era of instant news and celebrity tweets.

About Matthew Dentith

Author of "The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories" (Palgrave Macmillan), Matthew Dentith wrote his PhD on epistemic issues surrounding belief in conspiracy theories. He is a frequent media commentator on the weird and the wonderful, both locally and internationally. On occasion he can be caught dreaming about wax lions but, mostly, it is rumoured he works for elements of the New World Order.