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One of the king-daddy conspiracy theories of all time — right up there with the “grassy knoll” and Area 51 — is the notion that the Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969 did not actually happen and that it was created on a movie studio set as government propaganda. This theory grew to the point that fevered minds were pointing the finger at Stanley Kubrick, the director of sci-fi epic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” as the man who faked the footage. Some even claim that he was leaking clues to that effect in his films. (See the documentary “Room 237” if you want to head down that rabbit hole.)

The theory hasn’t held up well, with little evidence to back its claims, but it was rather prescient in suggesting that film technology was getting to the point where images could no longer be trusted as representations of fact, a problem that has magnified tenfold since the advent of the Internet and Photoshop — just try searching online for “Fukushima” and “deformed fish.”

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