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aSmallWorld: A Haven for Conspiracy Theorists

This is a guest post by Lucy Lips’s Cousin

There are many on line social networks on the Internet, but one that prides itself as quite exclusive: “a private international community” full of “culturally influential people” is aSmallWorld.net Membership is by “invitation only” from “Trusted and loyal” existing members. According to the founder of this social forum,

The average age of our members is 32, with a sweet spot between 25 and 40. More than 50 percent have graduate degrees, with 65 percent living in major cities in Europe. We have an eclectic mix of professional backgrounds in finance, management consulting, public relations, law, media and entertainment. We have more than 10,000 CEOs and our members tend to be leaders, tastemakers and trendsetters with a combined annual household income of more than $100 billion.

One may wonder what these “culturally influential” professionals discuss in their discussion forum. Given that the site is password accessed for members, I cannot link to the current discussions, but a glance through the thread titles of the subjects being discussed today show the following four examples:

  • “NYC Firefighters Doubt 9-11 Official Story”
  • “US Intelligence Officers Dispute Official 9-11 Story”
  • “9/11 was good for business”
  • “9/11: falling billiard balls”

These threads have had literally hundreds of comments between them and include some of the most popular threads by comments and numbers of views. Each one of them is a different conspiracy theory about 9/11.

As it is not a full moon tonight, I assume the hot weather may have some explanation as to why today there seems to be quite a lot of chat on this forum about 9/11.Whilst today may be excessive, on any given day, there seems to be at least one thread for the lunatics to discuss their crackpot theories.

One wonders whether The Weinstein Company who have financially backed aSmallWorld are aware of such goings on?

aSmallWorld is a microcosm of the wider Internet discussion fora available, but it is one that I have followed on occasion. I suspect that such behaviour is typical of other on line fora – or is it only these “culturally influential” professional “tastemakers and trendsetters” that go for this kind of thing?

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