Throughout history, people have had all kinds of ideas—philosophy, mathematics, the Pointing Spider-Man meme—but some of them become broadly socially accepted, while others are consigned to the margins. Why?
Drunk Education (the event formerly known as Drunk TED Talks) returns with a special event celebrating the release of Anna Merlan's new book Republic of Lies,
a riveting tour through the landscape and meaning of modern conspiracy theories, exploring the causes and tenacity of this American malady (m'lady?), from Birthers to Pizzagate and beyond.
This time, we'll explore some of our favorite, most compelling conspiracies, from Flat Earthers to UFO enthusiasts to the indisputable fact that Katy Perry is JonBenét Ramsey.
Hosted by Eric Thurm, with talks by Bobby Finger, Kelly Weill, David Turner, & Anna Merlan. Followed by a screening of choice clips from Alex Jones' movie Dark Secrets: Inside Bohemian Grove and a Q&A with Anna Merlan.
Bobby Finger is a writer and the co-host of the Who Weekly podcast. He has been on staff at Jezebel and contributed at VanityFair.com and New York Magazine, among other outlets.
Anna Merlan is a New Mexico-born, New York-based journalist, specializing in politics, crime, religion, subcultures, conspiracy theories, and women’s lives. She is currently a reporter at the Special Projects Desk, an investigative division within Gizmodo Media Group. She has previously worked as a senior reporter at Jezebel, and as 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.
Kelly Weill is a reporter for The Daily Beast.
David Turner is a writer who lives in New York City and has written for Paper Magazine, Jezebel, Esquire, MTV News, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere. He is the creator of Penny Fractions, a weekly newsletter that attempts to contextualize the ever-changing digital music industry.