Decline in conspiracy theories. Really?
Intrigued by Alfred’s post about Uscinski’s and Parent’s claim that conspiracy theorising has been on the decline since the JFK assassination, I went looking on Google’s Ngram Viewer (which ransacks the 5.2 million books that Google had digitised up to 2008) to see what could be gleaned from the books database. Here’s the result:
Conclusion: I don’t know what data Uscinski and Parent based their claim on, but this particular data set doesn’t support it.