Top 10 Internet-fueled conspiracies

From JFK to Obama, Roswell to Da Vinci -- the great paranoias all prosper on the Web

Published July 19, 2010 3:16PM (EDT)

In a culture consumed by compelling, daily conspiracies the Web is the buzzing, twitching engine of it all. And despite the hearty efforts of the professional debunkers, the Internet echo chamber has a way of giving even the most laughable conspiracies real longevity. We polled a number of conspiracy watchers and followed our own curiosity down the rabbit hole to compile a list of the 10 conspiracy theories most fueled by the Internet — and their continued chance of survival. Not surprisingly, the biggest -- and most outlandish -- ones tackle some of the most shocking moments of our time. Says Michael Barkun, the author of "A Culture of Conspiracy" and a professor at Syracuse University, "Often a more elaborate, expansive cause is posited when an event has expansive effects."

By Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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