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Hysterically funny reviews!,
This review is from: A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) (Paperback)Call this a review of reviews:
One star is not so much a review rating as a vote; people on Amazon who give one star to books are generally saying "I don't like what this book is telling me!!!" When I see a pile of one star (and very brief text) reviews I know the jig is up, the author has struck a nerve.
The essential argument of the one-star reviewers is that Barkun, by questioning conspiratorial thinking is, of course, part of the conspiracy. I believe one "reviewer" calls him a shill of the power elite or something like that. These reviews should be incorporated into the next edition of this OK book as they give Prof. Barkun's arguments added weight.
By the way, the CIA paid me big bucks to write this favorable review of a key work of New World Order propaganda.
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Initial post: Mar 8, 2009 3:43:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2010 5:18:15 PM PDT
Well, said. It does however, re-enforce the authors argument about the dangers of these theories - they completely distort these peoples views of reality and, like religious fundamentalism, (of which they share much) any criticism is the work of "satanists, or in this case Shills, the new demons of the 21 st centuary
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 11:47:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2009 11:50:16 AM PST
H. Bailey says:
Wayne A and hexx you're so right. I also see a parallel with the reactions of religious extremists who "don't like what they read" because it undermines their distorted view of religion. It's the response of individuals who are not firm enough in their own faith to accept logical criticism so they strike out as would a child when they feel threatened.
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Posted on Sep 24, 2010 2:18:11 PM PDT
You are so right about 1 star reviews. If they say anything it usually convinces me the book is worth reading.
I think your review should go by the one star ratings.
In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2013 2:11:05 AM PDT
J. N. Nielsen says:
I mostly agree with the above comments about one-star reviews, but I have noticed that the majority of Amazon reviews are 4 or 5 stars, which seems to me a textbook case of confirmation bias -- people seeking out information that confirms their views, which is simply the other side of the coin of people giving back reviews to books that tell them things they don't want to hear. When I see a book has almost all good reviews I bypass them all and only look at the one star reviews, which are sometimes quite eye-opening.
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