I’ve been writing about online conspiracy theory QAnon for a while, and figured it was just too weird, esoteric, and creepy to make mainstream news.
I mean, fascist fantasies about a massive purge of Democratic baby-eaters, with a cadre of self-proclaimed “autists” deciphering rhetorical clues to the events to come left by a secret insider?
So imagine my surprise when a large and vocal group of Q believers swamped a Trump rally in Tampa on July 31st.
Suddenly, QAnon was everywhere – from the New York Times to the BBC and back.
It introduced Q to millions of people and brought mainstream recognition to a movement that had primarily been a secret club with very specific codes and keys to get in.
The coverage also brought up a very real backlash asking an important question: why are we talking about this crap?