Michel Pireu Columnist

This month a small group of researchers will feverishly devote themselves to unmasking the shadowy forces that control the world. At month end they will reveal a series of shocking conspiracies that only the most paranoid could possibly uncover. And if they succeed in their mission, nobody will believe a word of it.

As The Verge explains, “The project is called National Conspiracy Writing Month, an unofficial spin-off of the long-running National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) challenge. Where NaNoWriMo requires participants to write a 50,000-word novel, the inaugural NaCoWriMo asks them to produce a ‘deep, viable and complete conspiracy theory’. Its creator, Tim Hwang, hopes these fake plots can illuminate a pervasive cultural phenomenon, helping both participants and spectators understand how conspiracy theories emerge. He just hopes people don’t take them too seriously.”

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