Rob Ager writes:
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At this technologically sophisticated point in human history the scope for ordinary citizens to monitor power institutions and spread awareness of corruption is greater than it has even been. The average citizen has access to printers, email, DVD players and a multitude of other information distribution outlets. This has become a major problem for power institutions. The big brother surveillance society swings both ways and so now governments are having a major problem with what they consistently call “conspiracy theories”.
A few major difficulties have emerged with this new public monitoring of power institutions.
- Poor research has been widely disseminated on many conspiracy subject due to the limited investigative skills or personal bias of those doing the research.
- Conspiracy theory dissemination has developed a commercial edge; with some films and books being sold for higher prices than would be expected in high st retail stores.