With conspiracy theories selling faster than hotcakes, you can see why former chef Pete Evans is making the switch.
As legitimate newsrooms around the world are crumbling under the financial pressures exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, including at least 157 in Australia since January that have closed temporarily or permanently, the conspiracy industry is booming. It’s a dynamic that should have all Australians concerned.
When we talk about conspiracies today, it’s often in relation to viral Facebook posts or misinformation on Twitter. That is only part of the story, however. Conspiracies are also an increasingly lucrative moneyspinner for everyone from Instagram influencers and celebrity chefs to long-time professional conspiracists such as Alex Jones or David Icke (if you’re struggling to remember who David Icke is, he’s the former English footballer who says the world is run by lizard people, and who has more recently pivoted to promoting the widespread conspiracy that COVID-19 is linked to 5G).