While there were both political and pop-culture conspiracy theories in the 1960s and 1970s — Elvis is still alive, you may have heard — conspiracism as a phenomenon didn’t come into full flower until the 1990s. Message boards and chat rooms of that era gave us the golden age of political conspiracy theory, which we are still living in. ) These days, pop-culture obsessives are quick to cook up conspiracies anytime a celebrity dies, changes her appearance, or even stands next to a triangle, and ideas can now be passed from the edges of sanity to your Facebook feed in a matter of minutes, converting more of the easily influenced into paranoid believers.
They were also the birthplace of pop-culture paranoia — when doubts about the real identities of singers and actors, whether they had actually died or truly written that particular song, gave rise to real debate and “forensic” scrutiny. Not to say that pop-culture conspiracies live only in the present — they are often most delicious when they reach back in time, even way back in time, to propose we consider, say, whether it was George Lucas who actually directed Return of the Jedi (which was, you have to admit, worse than Empire) or whether it was actually Emily Brontë’s brother who wrote Wuthering Heights (exhibit A: fucking Heathcliff! Vulture has spent the past few months undertaking an exhaustive cataloguing of these conspiracy theories of pop culture.
Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.
But what is different is today’s special guest on that sofa: her baby boy Edward Alun Burrell Thomson (Teddy for short), who was born in January and is now quietly breastfeeding as we drink tea, eat M&Ms and chat.
Alex’s mother Mary – a former bank manager who’s as effusive as her daughter – looks on, ready to pounce on her grandson for a cuddle.
You don’t know how, but you feel it in your gut, and something tells you that your partner is cheating on you.
You try confronting your partner about it, but they swat your concerns away and tell you that you’re just being paranoid. Are you convinced that your spouse is cheating on you, even though you can’t find any proof of it?