There is always a certain amount of conspiracy culture that accompanies horrific events that play out in 24/7 media, fed by the dramatic speculations of citizens, pundits and journalists alike.
Now comes an instant website called BostonMarathonConspiracy.com that was quickly set up with its own message by one Jaimie Muehlhausen, a Californian who appears weary of the sudden public din that erupts when there is not enough information around.
Visitors to the site are greeted by one simple message on a stark background: “I bought this domain to keep some conspiracy theory kook from owning it. Please keep the victims of this is their families in your thoughts.”
Mr. Muehlhausen has explained himself in an email to Salon and other news organizations:
“Sadly, one of my first thoughts was that it would only be a matter of hours before a certain group of people would begin to say it was a government conspiracy; an act of terror on our own people for political gain. It’s sickening, but take a look at the massive numbers of 9/11 conspiracy nuts - people who think Bush and the gang took down the Twin Towers and ended the lives of nearly 3000 people so we could go to war. The heartless and sick Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists who think the Obama administration killed kindergartners to bolster the gun control debate. And there are plenty of others. Well, I was wrong. It didn’t take hours; it took minutes.”
Mr. Muehlhausen now reports that he’s encouraged by emails from around the world, he says, that the “irrational [expletive] did not win this one.”