Øyvind Strømmen
The poison pill

Conspiracy theories do a lot of damage. They destroy social relationships. They hollow out social criticism, and replace it with hostile images of the enemy. They take attention away from important debates about real problems, political engagement is being suffocated in a sense of powerlessness and societal frustration being transformed into hatred and extremism.

Yet we tend to be fascinated by these theories. We treat them as light-hearted entertainment, and they keep appearing in popular culture. Often they provoke laughter. But conspiracy theories are not festive. They are dangerous.

The poison pill is both about what conspiracy theories are, and about what they do to us as individuals and communities. Thus the laughter gets stuck in the throat. As the author himself puts it: "I won't deny it: In working on this book, I have sometimes been angry." The book is a committed confrontation with a way of thinking that ultimately threatens democracy.

"SHUDDERING GOOD The poison pill is an easy-to-read book with an urgent theme, and it gives the reader shivers. The current is good at distilling complex matter, he shows how far it can go, if we don't do something. »

– Ellen Sofie Lauritzen, DN

Øyvind Strømmen

Øyvind Strømmen (b. 1980) is a trained journalist and and author of several books. He was one of the first to map extreme, anti-Islam blog communities online in the early 2000s in Norway. He speaks several languages.

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Edited October 04, 2022 by Res Publica