Certainly possibleIt makes more sense that Trump or people working for him are behind it actually.
It's less exciting than that. Group of weirdos playing in the fashy soup of 4chan/8kun etc etc. Q was the one that evolved to the top of the pile out of all the other "Anon" insider fake accounts.Makes sense it would be the Russians behind it. Manipulative propaganda, creating chaos, confusion and division.
Trump sees himself as the hero in the QAnon story, so he is happy to ride it
The Us gov pushes conspiracy theories regularly. Iraq had WMDs apparently.Certainly possible
Would be worse if the Trump manipulators are behind it rather than the Russians
We expect Russia to try and undermine America, but we don't expect it to be done by the American president himself!
Wherever it came from there is still a lot of Trump supporters willing to buy into the craziness.It's less exciting than that. Group of weirdos playing in the fashy soup of 4chan/8kun etc etc. Q was the one that evolved to the top of the pile out of all the other "Anon" insider fake accounts.
Yep.Cliff notes version
The TL;DR version: "People like Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, William Binney, Steve Pieczenik, Robert David Steel, (and/or Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino, and Brad Parscale), drawing on strategies outlined by Jeff Giesea, Chuck Johnson, and Micheal Aquino, used companies like Psy-Group, WikiStrat, Black Cube, and Cambridge Analytica, to develop a strategy to drive support for Donald Trump as the avatar for their fascist/nationalist agenda. That involved a lot of things, including this project called “Q”. They used people like Thomas Schoenberger and Lisa Clapier, who used used puzzle-like strategies and cult-like recruitment techniques, along with a small battalion of passionate trolls, to create an ARG style Psy-Op, based a military-thriller conspiracy-core wrapped in a New-Age outer facade. It played right into pre-existing sociological conditions and psychological frameworks. People like Tracy Beanz, Coleman Rogers, Paul Furber, Joe M, Jordan Slather, and Ron and Jim Watkins, were either knowingly or unknowingly used to take the Operation to a wider audience. From there, various influencers built significant and monetizable audiences by posting content from the Q Universe, and a self affirming community began to grow. Companies like Cambridge Analytica and Gloo then used big data to target the content exactly where it would make the most difference, which was further fuelled by algorithms designed to keep people on platforms for profit, by recommending compelling content. It’s all supported and amplified by outlets like OANN and Breitbart, and whoever else has an interest in a Trump administration."
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I can't understand how people get sucked in by this. It's just too ridiculous. I suppose it's the same people who fall for Nigerian prince scams, we're just lucky Robbo didn't go all in on it (or unlucky from another perspective).
It taps into the part of the brain which wants to be the protagonist of a movie probably
The QAnon Aanonymous podcast basically worked out who the main Q is - have to dig it up.
Good summation of how it snared users into it.
There is no doubt there was a lot of money behind the movement. Maybe the initial few posts were some shitposters on 4/8chan that started gaining a bit of traction but the expansion into it's own movement and pseudo-platform is something that would have taken money, resources and man hours. There were also a number of similar postings happening around the same time on those forums, but for whatever reason the Q character gained traction. The Watkins family clear had some involvement in it, but it would be impossible to know for sure who and how many and at what level they were operating at.