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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2021 Van Badham (P)2022 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"Van Badham is one of the most lucid, insightful and witty journalists in Australia, and seeing her expose the dark rising madness of conspiracy theories is both a joy and a panic attack all at once." (Johann Hari, New York Times best-selling author)

"Van Badham’s research is rigorous, her argument revealing and her writing absolutely impeccable. A chilling reveal on the world’s newest cult." (Jamila Rizvi, best-selling author and presenter)

"This book will compel you - and indeed all of us - to act to reclaim the internet for the good of humanity." (Ginger Gorman, multi-award winning journalist and author)

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Current and prescient.

Powerful and thought-provoking listen from an extremely intelligent and highly regarded journalist in Van Badham.

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essential listening

To anyone who’s watched and wondered how these ludicrous theories have gained, not just ground but also kudos. Van finds the seed and how it bore fruit

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Fantastic eye opening read

Well done Van on a great book. Do yourself a favour and read it..do it

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Very interesting, slightly frightening

A concerning and enlightening look at conspiracy theories and Q-Anon and the impact that they have on real life events.

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Should be compulsory reading

Really informative, great presentation and unbelievable content. It is amazing what people will believe and more amazing what some will do because of those beliefs.

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Empathetic but real

From personal experience to research to experts the suthor lays out the madness of internet conspiracy theories but ends with a message of hope and kindness followers rarely afford their victims.

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Scary but wonderfully presented.

Just so hard to accept the facts. We all should take a big long breath and.chill the fuck out.

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Good sense and good listen

Van Dadham had done all the work to show us how people can be drawn into believing lies and what we should do to help them.

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A must listen!

This is the definitive history of the Qanon phenomenon and gives a scholarly, compassionate chronology of how we came to find ourselves in today's bizarro world.

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Such an important book

Thank you to the author for writing this book & exposing the thinking & pathways to conspiracy thinking. The advice on how to possibly help those who have fallen down the rabbit hole is excellent.

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  • Phillip
  • 15-03-2022

Interesting history lesson!

You feel like me and I've heard of these online cults but didn't know their origins or their full history this book is for you. it goes through some of the bigger cults that have appeared online and affected our offline world.

You may have heard of Game of gate or pizza game and definitely you've heard of q but to hear the history and what led to them as well as ways that we should be trying to interact with people that have fallen down these rabbit holes of these cults really was eye opening even after having followed some of the local participants in these cults.

I must have listened for any online native or just someone who likes to use the internet at all.

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  • Sherry Melvin
  • 19-06-2022

Informative and Scary

I have been intrigued by QAnon for a long while now. It has caused pain in my life due to family and friends being sucked into its clutches. This book keeps your attention and educates us on how to deal with those we love who have been or still in the cult.

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