Letter to the New York Times: What Is QAnon: Explaining the Internet Conspiracy Theory That Showed up at a Trump Rally.
The people who were watching the rally held by President Trump in Tampa were exposed to a movement fringe that discussed various loosely associated and imprecisely baseless and deformed conspiracy theories.
In reference to Fox News, Mr. Trump was partly obscured through the crowd’s sign that read “We Are Q.” In a different shot during the speech of the president, a promoting sign of the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory, having the Qanon hashtag was focused on the screen’s center. Besides, a number of the attendees had worn T-shirts that had a Q that was blocky, while others heled letter for the signs(Qin and Karabacak, 2016).
Notably, all the signs had a self-description representing “Q followers”, who are anonymous individuals or a group of individuals who claimed to be government secrets privy. That was supposed to mean that classified information was already leaked to the 8chan and the 4chan message boards and had spread across mainstream platforms of the internet such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Remarkably, Q has attracted individuals, however, the exact individuals’ number is difficult to tell, and that is eagerly waiting to consume their “bread crumbs” or waiting for new information spreading conspiracy theories in the web.
What is happening is that Q is claimed to be an insider of the government meant to expose an international, entrenched bureaucracy secretly plotting every nefarious scheme sorts against the administration of Trump as well as his supporters. Markedly, the character incorporates a lingo to imply that she or he has intelligence or military background.
It is a mixture of different, though connecting, theories of conspiracy that primarily hold the President like a conquistador who is battling anti-American cabal saboteurs who have overthrown the media, industry, government and different other public life institutions in a vision of overarching nefarious actors’ goals, which is not clear.
In regards to a little longer version, an increasing group of individuals is said to be coalescing on a theories collection and half-thoughts believed to reveal a current untold story of the world events. In deciding what the individuals actually believe it is happening, the Q followers sift on the tweets of the president, news articles, and the government sets data.
Importantly, sometimes the Q followers are after signs of his existence. A common Rosetta stone they normally use in looking for number 17 uses, which is where the Q letter is found on the alphabet. So during the presentation of a jersey having number 17 to Mr. Trump by the Alabama football team, the sigh was regarded as a Q’s influence coded signal(Qin and Karabacak, 2016)… The followers of Q ascribe hidden motives and secret coordination to a continuous parade journalist, politicians, and industry leaders as well as other institutions. Their theories often are enthusiastically at reality odds.
Besides, the community employs a mind-bending pop culture language with alternative realities, for example, “Alice in Wonderland” or “The Matrix”. This is common in telling stories of how followers had undergone a “red pill” or have had to believe that the reality of observation is false as well as the reality in the QAnon narrative. The interpret clues to rush shared from the “drop” of evidence from the Q has a resemblance of something that I almost the same as what video gamers refer to a massive multiplayer online game (MMO).
Since QAnon does not limit itself on an internet’s fringe corner, on top of its center-and- front President’s rally presence, it was given a promotion by celebrities like Curt Schilling and Roseanne Barr. The worldview paranoiac has spread past the internet in the reality of the world many times in the past months. In various occasions, individuals that were believed to be QAnon followers have met, sometimes carrying weapons, in regions that the representatives told them on how they were somehow associated with the conspiracies of anti-Trump.
In reference to a June activity, an armed man having a handgun and a rifle driving an armored vehicle reached the Hoover Dam with a mission he said was from QAnon demanding the justice report released by the government through a department from the inspector general on the F.B.I agents conduct in the investigation of the private email server use by Hillary Clinton. Actually, the report was revealed a day before, although the followers of Q had a belief that there existed a second report that was a secret and had more damning details on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nonetheless, there is no available indication on if such a report has been released. Consequently, the said man was arrested during a police standoff. Recently, a possible and suspiciously armed man visited the Michael Avenatti law offices, after the posting of a link by the Q followers to the website belonging to Mr. Avenatti as well as a picture of the building of his office (Qin and Karabacak, 2016). However, the man fatefully did not visit the premises.
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