Podcast: Van Badham on QAnon and the Rise of Conspiracy Theorists

Podcast: Van Badham on QAnon and the Rise of Conspiracy Theorists

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Van Badham talks to Cheryl about the rise of QAnon, conspiracy theorists, and what it means for the world today. Her latest book, QAnon and On, is out now.

About the author:

Van Badham is a writer, theatre-maker and novelist, occasional broadcaster, critic, trade unionist and feminist. She writes columns for the Guardian and her interests include gardening, baking and dialectical materialism.

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Publisher details

QAnon and On
Author
Van Badham
Publisher
Hardie Grant
Genre
Non Fiction
Released
17 November, 2021
ISBN
9781743797877

Synopsis

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.

Van Badham
About the author

Van Badham

Van Badham is a writer, theatre-maker and novelist, occasional broadcaster, critic, trade unionist and feminist. She writes columns for the Guardian and her interests include gardening, baking and dialectical materialism.

Books by Van Badham

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