This patronizing and confusing article on the BBC's website is no different to any other more monolithic form of propaganda; it just uses bigger words, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24650841. It may well be a reaction to the recent poll in the
showing that in the run up to the fifty year anniversary of the Kennedy
Assassination conspiratorial awareness is more significant and powerful than
ever, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/usa-conspiracy-theory-poll.html.
There are many ways of dismissing and trivializing a subject and I've found
that one of the most effective is to reduce it to a "psychological
study". The phrase "We're not trying to prove or disprove any
particular conspiracy theory; we're just interested in their impact on
society" is very pat. It's either that or: "... the psychological
factors that breed belief in conspiracy theory". It's a tactic that is
very crude and tedious.
I've spent a lot of time documenting and exposing these ploys, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/on-benefits-and-proud.html.