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Justin Hendrix
I've been very surprised at the lack of awareness on this. Definitely time for some explainers. Q is a massively successful, deranged conspiracy/entertainment brand/game with roots in prior vile conspiracies like Pizza- and Gamergate. And many Trump supporters LOVE it.
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Justin Hendrix Aug 1
Replying to @juliacarriew
Here is a good explainer from
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Noah Geisel Aug 1
The podcast had a good primer
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Justin Hendrix Aug 1
Replying to @willsommer
Here is a good explainer from
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lilshebeast Aug 1
Replying to @justinhendrix
The thing is, media are meant to report on things that can be verified. The only verifiable thing about this Q nonsense is that it’s a conspiracy made up by user/s on 4chan with no evidence at all. I suppose they could report that a lot of people are gullible?
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Justin Hendrix Aug 1
Replying to @oneunderscore__
The popularity even spilled over into an app, Q Drops, that was downloaded many thousands of times before Apple removed it after reported on it:
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Justin Hendrix Aug 1
Replying to @GooglePlay
(The app is still available in the store, which seems to have no trouble with dangerous conspiracy theories alleging Hillary Clinton and Tom Hanks are pedophiles, amongst other deranged alternative realities...)
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Justin Hendrix Aug 1
Replying to @justinhendrix
I had not heard this but will check it out
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Justin Hendrix Aug 1
Replying to @justinhendrix
Ashley is not alone- reporters covering the White House or national politics are not normally meant to turn over rocks and look at ugly, marginal conspiracy theories closely. But this one is different.
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Justin Hendrix Aug 1
Replying to @justinhendrix
Q is now a powerful subcurrent amongst Trump supporters- a community, a game, an entertainment brand, a dangerous conspiracy theory all rolled up into one- an alternative reality that creates a different, sympathetic fact base for Trump's unacceptable corruption and bigotry.
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rhonda ashby Aug 1
Replying to @justinhendrix
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Eric Johnson Aug 1
Replying to @justinhendrix
Just like most people, even those who despise Trump and the movement he's engendered, have no idea what 4Chan or GamerGate is and its relevance to our current moment.
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rhonda ashby Aug 1
Replying to @justinhendrix
Oops… just saw that you already shared this ✌️️
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April Aug 1
Replying to @justinhendrix
Here’s some insight!
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2020 Take Back WH/Senate & Keep the House Aug 1
NO NEED TO SPREAD STUPID CONSPIRACY THEORY MISINFO & PROPAGANDA USED BY < THAN 26% OF GOPers & some misc voters...
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Nate Greene #FBR Aug 1
Had never heard of this before *THX*
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Dee Seiffer Aug 1
Do you know the episode number?
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🌎 Richard Alexander Aug 1
Replying to @justinhendrix
I am actually kind of grateful that I didn't know what Qanon is, and now I know, I wish I didn't need to! All part of the same intellectual sewer in which Alex Jones, Hannity and the like, live, and breed their toxicities.
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Craig ☢️☣️⚗️ Aug 1
"Uscinski also cautioned against treating QAnon followers as any more gullible than other people. " QAnon followers believe or pretend to believe unreasonable things. E.g. they believe that Trump is doing something positive, but not publicly taking credit for it.
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