Ethan Zuckerman for the MIT Press wrote a fantastic synopsis of the Q phenomenon that is worth reading.
The post titled “QAnon and the Emergence of the Unreal” offered some fantastic insights into the QAnon movement. I recommend anyone interested in Q, both believers and non-believers alike read the article here.
One of my favorite sections Ethan digests how Q makes readers feel like participants. Its a powerful tool to make believers have a sense that they have a purpose.
Q’s literary style is one of relentless questioning, demanding that readers fill in the blanks left in the narrative:
Where is Huma? Follow Huma.
This has nothing to do w/ Russia (yet).
Why does Potus surround himself w/ generals?
What is military intelligence?
Why go around the 3 letter agencies? (Q:#2)
The “baking” of Q’s crumbs has led to a complex ecosystem that almost resembles Talmudic commentary, with some “researchers” competing to interpret Q’s pronouncements and tie them to breaking events in the news. Other researchers are numerologists, linking the “tripcodes” used in Q’s posts (tripcodes are a weak form of cryptographic signature designed to allow anonymous posters to link authorship of multiple posts) to thousands of books indexed by Google Books. Q’s devotees are incredibly prolific. The leading Q podcasts have published thousands of episodes, and the thousands of videos explaining QAnon routinely register hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Even with the overwhelming evidence pointing to Q simply being a fraud the movement continues to have thousands of followers. What will it take for believers to realize the truth?