I just realized that conspiracy theories are the fanfiction of history and news.
In fanfic, we go, “What if Harry had been Sorted into Slytherin? What if Loki had found out he was a frost giant sooner? What if the Waynes had decided to stay in that night?” etc.
In conspiracy theories, people go, “What if we *did* go to the moon, but the footage the world was shown *was* a forgery because NASA didn’t want the Soviets to learn anything from the real version? What if certain aristocrats knew about the Americas for generations before Columbus and kept it secret until they were in a position to hog all the benefits of plundering them for themselves? What if astrology is actually true and our rulers are telling us it isn’t so only they can take advantage of it?”
No wonder that stuff is so addictive.