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Anna Merlan

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Oklahoma Center for Humanities and Magic City Books invite you to join us in welcoming Anna Merlan to Tulsa!  Merlan is a senior staff writer for VICE and author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power. This free event will take place on Tuesday January 30 at 7:00pm in Tyrrell Hall on the campus of The University of Tulsa.
Anna Merlan is a journalist and author, specializing in subcultures, alternative communities, conspiracy theories, crime, belief, death, sexual violence and women’s lives. She will be presenting a talk titled “The Conspiracy Singularity: COVID, QAnon, and the Merging of Communities of Suspicion.”
Copies of Republic of Lies are available at Magic City Books and will be available at the event on January 30. You can also order a copy online at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/republic-of-lies/1911.
About Republic of Lies

A riveting tour through the landscape and meaning of modern conspiracy theories, exploring the causes and tenacity of this American malady, from Birthers to Pizzagate and beyond

American society has always been fertile ground for conspiracy theories, but with the election of Donald Trump, previously outlandish ideas suddenly attained legitimacy. Trump himself is a conspiracy enthusiast: from his claim that global warming is a Chinese hoax to the accusations of “fake news,” he has fanned the flames of suspicion.
But it was not by the power of one man alone that these ideas gained new power. Republic of Lies looks beyond the caricatures of conspiracy theorists to explain their tenacity. Without lending the theories validity, Anna Merlan gives a nuanced, sympathetic account of the people behind them, across the political spectrum, and the circumstances that helped them take hold. The lack of a social safety net, inadequate education, bitter culture wars, and years of economic insecurity have created large groups of people who feel forgotten by their government and even besieged by it. Our contemporary conditions are a perfect petri dish for conspiracy movements: a durable, permanent, elastic climate of alienation and resentment. All the while, an army of politicians and conspiracy-peddlers has fanned the flames of suspicion to serve their own ends.
Bringing together penetrating historical analysis and gripping on-the-ground reporting, Republic of Lies transforms our understanding of American paranoia.
Anna Merlan is a journalist and author, specializing in subcultures, alternative communities, conspiracy theories, crime, belief, death, sexual violence and women’s lives. She is currently a reporter at Motherboard, a division of VICE. She was previously a reporter at the Special Projects Desk, an investigative division within Gizmodo Media Group, a senior reporter at Jezebel, and a staff writer at the Village Voice and the Dallas Observer. Her work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, BBC Travel, Topic, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. She has been accused of being both a lizard person and a CIA agent, but never at the same time.

Details

Date:
January 30
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

University of Tulsa – Tyrrell Hall
2930 E 6th Street
Tulsa, OK 74104
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Phone:
918-631-2000
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