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Headpress has announced it will be releasing David Ray Carter's Conspiracy Cinema: Propaganda, Politics and Paranoia on May 2nd.
While they remain marginalised by the mainstream media, conspiracy theories are a growing influence on the contemporary political imagination, thanks mostly to the unprecedented phenomenon David Ray Carter has entitled ‘conspiracy cinema’ — documentaries, freely available over the Internet, that present a conspiratorial explanation for an event or series of events, including everything from 9/11 to the Kennedy assassinations, Roswell to HIV.
Incredibly, an estimated half a billion people around the world have watched one of these films at some time or other, yet this is the first book to exclusively address what is indubitably the definitive cinematic movement of the Internet generation. And Conspiracy Cinema presents a light, sometimes funny, interactive (all the films addressed are freely available online) guide to this transgressive, intriguing and immensely popular form of modern entertainment.
Each chapter of Conspiracy Cinema offers readers an overview of a particular conspiracy theory, with a New title information synopsis of both the ‘official’ and conspiratorial positions, before moving on to consider a selection of the worst, the best and the most outlandish films that deal with the conspiracies in question, both considering them as works of documentary filmmaking, and as arguments in their own right.
I love a good conspiracy and even while I believe sometimes something is what it is (9/11), I don't mind checking out what the other side thinks. I'm like the idea that author David Ray Carter did all the work for me by tracking down the best and worst of what's available. This one looks like it's right up a conspiracy fan's alley.
Conspiracy Cinema will be available as a standard editon paperback, Special Edition hardback and Deluxe Edition hardback (which is signed and numbered). The latter two only available at Headpress. Click on one of the covers below to pre-order now:
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