Black on COVID-19 conspiracy theories

May 12, 2020
CTV News
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Communication and Culture Assoc. Prof. David Black was interviewed for CTV News about the appeal of COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

Here is an excerpt:

David Black, a communications theorist at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, explains that […] people are searching even more desperately for answers – ones that not only help make sense of what’s going on, but are easy to accept.

"Conspiracy theory often is more psychologically pleasing and convenient [than reality] – it makes simpler sense than a complex phenomenon,” Black told CTVNews.ca on Monday over the phone. “Its primal simplicity cuts through the noise and confusion and uncertainty that is the world on a normal day, but especially during a pandemic."

The interview appeared on CTV News.