Title

Conspiracy theories: public arguments as coded critiques: an analysis of the TWA Flight 800 conspiracy theories

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2002

Abstract

Presents a rhetorical analysis of the conspiracy theories that surround the crash of Trans World Airlines Flight 800 on July 17, 1996. Factors which contribute to the acceptance of the conspiracy theories; Role of the World Wide Web in the development and advancement of the conspiracy theories; Analysis of the argumentative weaknesses of the conspiracy theories.