WEBINAR: QAnon and On

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QAnon and On, with Van Badham

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In the most information-rich era of world history, how and why can people be persuaded to believe that hundreds of thousands of children are somehow being stashed away in city sewers? Or that feminists are plotting to ruin video games? Or that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a cabal of alien lizard people?

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. To understand why, she delves into the historical, political, sociological and psychological context of conspiracy belief.

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.

Join Van as she discusses her new book with Per Capita's Emma Dawson. There will also be an opportunity for audience questions.

QAnon and On is available for purchase here.

Tickets for this event are strictly limited so bookings are essential. The webinar link and password will be emailed to you upon registration.

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Van Badham is an Australian writer and activist. Known as a columnist for The Guardian, she has also written for The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Telegraph (UK) and The Age. She’s appeared in essay anthologies for Hardie Grant, Black Inc, Allen & Unwin, MUP and QUP, and wrote the novel, Burnt Snow, for Pan Macmillan.

Van has appeared regularly on the ABC’s flagship shows Q&A and The Drum as well as numerous appearances on The Project (Ten), Sunrise (Seven), The Feed (SBS) and Politics HQ (SkyNews). She has also been regularly featured on both ABC and commercial radio and at festivals including the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House, the New York Summer Play Festival, the Melbourne Writers Festival and the ACTU Congress for her work as a writer, activist and political commentator.

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