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Hashtags: Where Conspiracies Cross

For some time here at Irregular Times, we’ve followed what might delicately be termed “mysteries” and what might more coarsely called “conspiracy theories”: claims that secret evidence (seemingly always about-to-be-revealed) proves the existence of hidden realities or long-smouldering schemes or special dangers that They don’t want you to know about.  In our Mysteries thread of posts, we try to share what we know — and don’t know — about such tales.

For a while now, I’ve been wondering if these separate tales are really so separate.  As a way of trying to assess that, I’ve been following eleven favored Twitter hashtags for a set of conspiracy storytellers, from #gmo (regarding genetically modified organisms) to #barrysoetoro (still insisting that our current president is a closet foreigner).  From the last day of January 2014 to the last day of March 2014, I’ve saved every last one of the “tweets” (Twitter posts) using the hashtags you see listed in the table below — many thousands of them.  The cells in the table below count the number of tweets in which a pair hashtags are both used: for instance, we know that the hashtags #chemtrails and #nwo (for “new world order”) appear jointly in the same tweets 1,342 times while the hashtags fluoride and illuminati appear together in just 49 tweets, a relatively small number.  The bolded cells tell us how many times a single hashtag appears, which is important to know if you want to track popularity (not too many people are worried about Barack Obama’s supposed Indonesianity if #barrysoetoro is used just 200 times in two months), and also as a way of interpreting the significance of overlaps (with only 47 tweets using the hashtag #amero, we shouldn’t be surprised to see that the number of those tweets also using #illuminati is a mere 3).

joint appearances of hashtags in tweets #gmo #chemtrails #nwo #illuminati #haarp #fluoride #falseflag #morgellons #911truth #barrysoetoro #amero
#gmo 25650
#chemtrails 1214 17491
#nwo 1068 1342 10080
#illuminati 91 180 915 9946
#haarp 125 2176 486 110 5545
#fluoride 1100 1114 914 49 78 4869
#falseflag 99 136 732 113 16 108 4815
#morgellons 40 162 10 0 9 0 0 3690
#911truth 0 13 319 24 183 2 566 0 3598
#barrysoetoro 0 0 4 1 0 0 6 0 0 200
#amero 0 3 3 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 47

Where do you see strong connections between conspiracy theories?  Where are the holes in this web of wonder, in the tissues of deceit, in the crypto-stories that form our modern magic?

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