On the Nature of Things: An Approach to Folklore in Conspiracy, Politics, and the Construction of Power

Mr Frog (University of Helsinki)

This paper outlines an approach to mythic discourse analysis, which distinguishes between mythology and ideology. Applications to present (including the QAnon phenomenon) and past discourses, through which people both shape and contest understandings of truth, illustrate a pattern in the operation of mythic discourse in the construction and circulation of ideas about the ‘nature of things’ in relation to positions in society. This offers a new frame for considering conspiracy discourses today.

Part of 51-05 Digital Discourse in Long-Term Perspective, Friday, October 22, 8:30 am–10:00 am