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Will QAnon fall apart now?

Asked by JLeslie (63059points) January 20th, 2021 from iPhone

Here’s a recent article in the Washington Post.

What do you think?

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rockfan's avatar

I’m not subscribed to Washington Post, what’s the gist of the article?

SQUEEKY2's avatar

One can hope.

mazingerz88's avatar

Haven’t read the article but personally I just have no idea. I have this feeling though that if these silly yet dangerous conspiracy theorists get more active the more their fellow Americans who are mature, sane and decent will coalesce against them.

JLeslie's avatar

Parts of the article:

When one QAnon channel on the chat app Telegram posted a new theory that suggested Biden himself was “part of the plan,” a number of followers shifted into open rebellion: “This will never happen.” “Just stfu already!” “It’s over. It is sadly, sadly over.” “What a fraud!”

But while some QAnon disciples gave way to doubt, others doubled down on blind belief or strained to see new coded messages in the Inauguration Day’s events. Some followers noted that 17 flags — Q being the 17th letter of the alphabet — flew on the stage as Trump delivered a farewell address.

One QAnon channel on Telegram with 40,000 subscribers noted that the last sentence of Eric Trump’s farewell tweet — “ … the best is yet to come!” — was also a common slogan for QAnon adherents, failing to mention that the phrase is a commonly used cliche. Another QAnon channel with 35,000 Telegram subscribers, devoted to the “Great Awakening,” highlighted Trump’s final remarks as president: “We will be back in some form — Have a good life. We will see you soon.”
“It simply doesn’t make sense that we all got played,” one QAnon channel on Telegram said.

“What we’re seeing is a trend in increasingly bunker-down, apocalyptic language,” said Joel Finkelstein, co-founder of the Network Contagion Research Institute, a research group that studies online disinformation. “It’s gone from [talk of] a revolution to a civilization-ending kind of collapse.”

He and other researchers have also chronicled an increasingly global QAnon movement that could outlast its potential weakening in the United States as events and an aggressive crackdown by social media platforms limit the ideology’s reach among Americans. The QAnon followings in Germany and Japan are particularly strong and growing, said Finkelstein, whose research group tracked a surge in QAnon terms the morning of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, including one that said “qarmyjapanflynn.”

zenvelo's avatar

QAnon won’t fall apart. It will wither slowly, and gradually have fewer people paying attention to it. And then in three or four years it will be part of a civics trivia question.

There are a few ardent QAnon supporters in Congress. As long as they are in office, it won’t completely die.

“Q”, whoever that is, has gotten bored since the election.

elbanditoroso's avatar

We have that wacko congresswoman from NW Georgia who is a QAnon member. She’ll make a lot of noise for the next couple years pushing their theories. So they’re not to be take lightly.

I think that the Capitol attack badly hurt their image. Even people who might support them philosophically were pretty aghast at the action.

kritiper's avatar

I suspect they’ll pop up in other areas, in other ways. Like the KKK. And the thought scares me!

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Never know, but these things sometimes thrive, sometimes wither. The Jade Helm nonsense in Texas has pretty much gone the way of the dodo, after the morons faced the reality that they’re full of shit as a holiday turkey. Hopefully QAMRON will follow the same path.

gorillapaws's avatar

The people aren’t just going to suddenly vanish. The branding may change, but the merchandise is still the same, broken, junk.

ragingloli's avatar

One of the new “theories” I read is, that Biden and all his democrat paedophile pizza restaurateurs have already been arrested, tried, and found guilty, but that they are being “allowed” to pretend to be in power, to protect the fragile snowflake colonials, because they could not handle the truth, and that drumpf is actually still in charge, governing from the shadows.
No matter how ludicrous or insane the belief, they will adopt it, if it allows them to continue to live in their parallel world.

Demosthenes's avatar

@ragingloli That’s hilarious and a typical response when apocalyptic predictions don’t come to fruition. That asshole religious fanatic who kept predicting the end of the world in 2011 and funding billboards across the country claiming so eventually claimed that a “silent rapture” had occurred and the elect had already been chosen, just with no way of knowing it. It’s amusing to see people deny the reality that’s right before their eyes and come up with increasingly complex and far-fetched explanations for what has a much simpler cause, but it’s also sad that absolutely nothing will stop the conspiracy.

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