Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Undergraduate

Department

Honors

First Advisor

Francesca Vassallo, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Rebecca Nisetich, Ph.D

Third Advisor

Nancy Artz, Honors Director

Keywords

Nation's reaction to the terrorist attacks, paranoia and conspiracy

Abstract

This thesis traces the prominence of conspiracy theorizing and paranoia in American culture by examining the issues from a variety of angles and then focusing on the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as the primary case study. Through a critical analysis of the development of conspiratorination's al inclinations in the United States, the thesis argues that our nation's complacency with such behavior has made paranoia a defining aspect of American political culture. The thesis addresses how this came to be, as well as the general concepts of conspiracy and paranoia in three major ways.

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