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QAnon and On

A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults

Van Badham



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Hardie Grant Books
17 November 2021
In QAnon and On, Guardian columnist Van Badham delves headfirst into the QAnon conspiracy theory, unpicking the why, how and who behind this century's most dangerous and far-fetched internet cult.

From Gamergate to Pizzagate and beyond to QAnon, internet manipulation and disinformation campaigns have grown to a geopolitical scale and spilled into real life with devastating consequences, entangling everyone from politicians to Hollywood celebrities.

But what would motivate followers to so forcefully avoid the facts and surrender instead to made-up stories designed to influence and control? It's a question that has haunted Van, herself a veteran of social media's relentless trolling wars. In this daring investigation, Van exposes some of the internet's most extreme communities to understand conspiracy cults from the inside.

QAnon and On is the story of the modern internet, the farscape of political belief and a disinformation pipeline built between the two that poses an ongoing threat to democracy itself. Shocking and mesmerising in equal measure, this book will open our eyes to the dangers of partisan belief.
By:   Van Badham
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781743797877
ISBN 10:   1743797877
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   17 November 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Van Badham is an internationally award-winning writer and theatremaker. As a journalist, she's written for The New York Times, The Telegraph (UK) and The Age, and she maintains a weekly column for The Guardian. Widely published as an essayist and poet, she's appeared in anthologies for Hardie Grant, Black Inc, MUP and QUP, and wrote the novel, Burnt Snow, for Pan Macmillan. Her plays include Banging Denmark for STC, The Bloody Chamber for Malthouse and The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars for Griffin Theatre. Van appears regularly on television and radio as a commentator, critic and activist.

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