Monday, 29 September 2014

Analysing David Icke

David Icke, a former BBC sports presenter, UK Green party spokesperson and, following his infamous appearance on the Wogan show, the most ridiculed British media personality of the 1990s, has transformed himself into perhaps the most iconic celebrity of the conspiracy world, who enjoys the reputation of being an internationally acclaimed and sought after "conspiracy investigator" (Jon Ronson), speaking to audiences in their thousands. 

With yet another large - scale speaking engagement at London's Wembley arena due to take place towards the end of October 2014, which - according to Icke's recent messages on Facebook - is going to be the last of its kind, it seems appropriate to have a closer look at his body of work to date.

I'm neither an Icke supporter nor an Icke hater. Yet, I do believe that, given his prolific output over the years and in view of his rather well-crafted (social) media strategy, the narratives permeating his talks and books should be examined more closely. The same applies to David's links into the wider conspiracy world, where the boundaries between investigative journalism and conspiracy theorising are often deeply blurred.

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