As conspiracy theories go, QAnon is more than just a classic of the genre. It provides a strong narrative arc that stands as a grand unifying conspiracy theory. Complete with its own language and strongly participatory social structure. There’s something for everyone, in the world of QAnon.
QAnon would be little more than an entertaining internet story, were it not for the way it tends to leak into the real world - often with violent consequences.
QAnon represents the apex of conspiracy theories, ranging as it does from ludicrous tales of organised child abuse by the world’s liberal elites to fictitious versions of the Mueller investigation.
As an esoteric American phenomenon it has largely passed the British public by. In this episode, writer and investigator Mike Rothschild offers a QAnon 101 and discusses where it fits in with a long tradition of internet storytelling.
Resources for further information, some of which are mentioned in the show, can be investigated below.
A sceptical guide to QAnon is available here at Rational Wiki
Vox published an account of the QAnon believer demographic, based on analysis of Reddit discussions here.
Vox published a feature on the origins of the QAnon story here .
QAnon is successfully monetised by a few key players, as NBC revealed here .
Will Sommer is a must-follow for QAnon and related news - on Twitter at @willsommer.
Mike Rothschild’s website is here .
You can pre-order Mike Rothschild’s forthcoming book exploring ‘The World’s Worst Conspiracies’ here .
Recommended resources for exploring more about the irrational world of conspiracies and more.
The Committee for Skeptical inquiry publishes a digital & print magazine ‘The Skeptical Inquirer’. Find out more here (note: CSI was formerly CSICOP - the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal).