In a world where some conspiracy theory platforms have larger audiences than many legitimate news platforms, we recommend a healthy dose of skepticism.
Nearly three decades ago in 1991, English former footballer, former Green Party spokesperson, and former BBC sports journalist, David Icke, came out of the closet as it were, to confirm his true identity - first during a press conference and then a week later on BBC's primetime show, Wogan.
Icke told the world that he was, in fact, the son of the Godhead. Unsurprisingly, he was ridiculed. "I couldn't walk down the street without people laughing at me. Going into a pub, there was an uproar. A comedian only had to say my name to get a laugh," he would later tell the television host.
Nonetheless, Icke would go on to publish several books during the '90s - five were initially published by mainstream publishers. It was the controversy around his 1994 book, The Robot's Rebellion, and its embrace of a century-old anti-Semitic literary forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, that would eventually lead him to self-publishing.
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion claims to be the minutes of a meeting of Jewish secret...