QAnon’s malleability is part of what makes it so powerful. “It was inclusive in a way that I really never saw any other conspiracy,” said Ethan Zuckerman, associate professor of public policy, communications and information at the University of Massachusetts and author of the paper, “QAnon and the Emergence of the Unreal.” . “” You can listen to the voice that is closer to your own. So if you’re not here for satanism, listen to someone who isn’t playing the satanic part of it. “QAnon’s participatory nature is also how conspiracy theory” manages to capture this authenticity that comes from people who sincerely and sincerely try to figure out how to understand a world that doesn’t make sense to them, “Zuckerman added .
The flexibility has an added benefit: it allows the community to reinterpret Q’s predictions every time they don’t come true. For example, QAnon supporters believed that the inauguration of President Joe Biden would never take place because Trump planned to expose the deep state elite of election fraud, arrest them on live television, and send them to Guantanamo Bay. But after Biden was sworn in, some Anons began to refer to him as Trump’s ally and secretly worked to destroy the deep state in which they once considered him part. Others believe March 4th is the new day for Trump’s inauguration.
“Imagine a prophecy in which the prophet would do everything wrong and somehow get even more powerful,” Zuckerman said.
In the r / QAnonCasualties forum, Most post titles reflect the pain of the people who stand behind them. “A bit funny, very sad. Bye dad. “” My mother kicked me out for calling Trump racist “and” Much worse than I thought “are all anecdotes from people who failed to reach their loved ones.
At the end of October, user Acidalice published “Another family destroyed …” and wrote about her partner from two decades. “He went from being the nicest, chilled man to constant anger and severe depression. I’m at a loss, not to go away so easily either – together for 20 years, married with 14, 2 children under 10, mortgage.”
“Prioritize your children’s happiness. You deserve a home free from their black moods and anger. You too,” commented another user.