QAnon is an intellectual train-wreck that acts like a mass psychological infection and afflicts many supporters of Donald Trump. It is difficult to determine if QAnon'ers really believe the ludicrous claims of Q, or if they simply really want it to be true. How many know Q is bullshit, but find it a handy debate tactic to respond to points they can't defend.
QAnon'ers exist in their own bunkered shelter of disinformation. Andy Campbell, HuffPost Reporter, writes on QAnon:
"Where this will go next is anyone’s guess. QAnon has captured the sense of grievance and persecution that permeates parts of the American right, and the person or people in charge of “Q” seem to have the ability to point the conversation in any direction."
This conspiracy theory is adaptable and scalable. The perpetrator(s) are anonymous, which gives protection against responsibility. It's like an elaborate narrative troll operation. A troll's major aim is to frustrate its target. There is nothing that can be more frustrating than conversing/debating with someone whose assertions cannot be falsified. Not because they're true, they're not, but because there are built in anecdotal escape hatches the QAnoner can employ to flee points they're not equipped to answer. That makes QAnon conspiracy virtually impervious to reality.
Even to the point of disowning QAnon conspiracy as a 'leftist' prank to make Trump supporters look ridiculous.
Luke Darby writes:
"...BuzzFeed Newshas actually uncovered a new conspiracy theory growing off of this one: Namely, that QAnon is a prank being pulled on Trump supporters by a bunch of leftists. The impetus for this is a 1999 Italian novel called Q written by Luther Blissett. Now, Luther Blissett doesn't exist. It's the name used by a network of leftists and anarchists—covering artists, activists, and agitators—in Italy in the '90s. The plot of Q is weirdly similar to the conspiracy that Q is peddling online, and that's driving speculation that Q's claims are just an attempt to make the right look completely unhinged."
If that's true, then 'the left' is winning, bigtime. Because many right-wing Trumpers, possibly several million or more, have passionately bought in. They cluster in Facebook groups, Youtube channels, and on Twitter to wallow in the insanity.
The QAnon propaganda narrative is aimed at those who feel insecure economically, socially, and psychologically. The country is changing and there's a growing panic about those changes. They need someone or something to blame for their economic straits, their loss of family sustaining jobs. The country is becoming more culturally diverse, more urban, they're feeling they are losing their lifestyle. QAnon gives them 'globalists' and the nebulous, vague, 'deep state' to blame for their insecure psychological syndrome.
God forbid they change with the times and the country. Perish the thought they see the systemic inequities of Capitalism as responsible for the financial maladies of us all. No way they see how Donald Trump has weaponized their grievances and is using those grievances to fuel his kleptocracy.
To quote Andy Campbell again:
"Political disaffection and paranoia have been gamified. Enjoy the show."
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