Barkun, Michael, A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 2003)
Despite being preoccupied with all the assessments that are expected to be handed in this Friday, I simply cannot revert to my accademic work until I point out a couple of points that seems to bother my mind since I had put down the book.
I was extremely excited to have found the book, thinking that a book which devotes a whole section on David Icke must be worth reading. I was disappointed and not at the same time. The truth is, I am unable to find a precise word to describe this book, or rather, how I felt about the book. Seeing how it is published by a university press, I was well aware, even before I began reading it, that it would be an interesting reading. If it was capable of infiltrating the core of conspiracy culture, and agree or make sense of any of the extant conspiracy theories, I would be extrememly satisfied by it. As it turns out, it is merely an analysis of certain esoteric theories that have fortunately been leaked into the mainstream.