On paranoia and conspiracy: Recent art from Western Australia

Emily Apter uses the term “oneworldedness” to describe a dominant mode of paranoid thought in the twenty‑first century. Emerging from postwar paranoia and conspiracy theory in the Cold War era and the idea of interconnectedness that accompanies globalism and transnationalism, oneworldedness is a contemporary version of a much older tendency—the tendency to perceive the world’s complexity as symptomatic of a fated relatedness.

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