• QAnon and On

  • A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults
  • By: Van Badham
  • Narrated by: Van Badham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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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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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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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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  • Tracey Davis
  • 04-16-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

So interesting

I had always wondered how all these conspiracies started and how friends had gotten sucked in to them. A great book, excellently narrated by the author and so interesting where all this craziness originated.

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  • Brian
  • 07-31-22

Narration, detail. S story top notch

Van nails this as a book and smashes it for 6 by narrating it herself. Care, humour and horror blended together to document the terrible risk of conspiracy thinking. 5star listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-22

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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  • Amanda Rochford
  • 09-26-22

Is she for real?

While the information about Q Anon was interesting I found it was more a listing of chronological events rather than an analysis of why or how it happened. I was greatly surprised at the lack of personal insight given Badham believes men can transform into women by mere claim of a feeling. I found the mocking tones as she read comments from others to be distasteful. It would have been more productive to anslyse the comments than mock them.
An opinion dressed up as academic research on a topic most accept as outside the norm.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-22

Brilliant!

ahhh the rabbit warren of the interwebs 🐇💻 well researched and put together. Riveting and left me wanting to hear and know more.

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  • Margaret J Kelly
  • 09-04-22

Must read

During this of the last few years, Qanon has been mentioned in various newspaper stories but I have never understood how influential has been. Terribly frightening that so many people can believe something that is so clearly insane.

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  • EF
  • 08-30-22

A must read in the age of disinformation

Vans book speaks of a recent phenomenon grounded in a history of human manipulation . Her orientation of disinformation to cult like behaviors and historical manipulation is informative however the well thought though and empirical approach to de radicalization and reprogramming cultists is informative to the fight we have in the years to come.

My ideological views vary substantially from that of the authors but wholeheartedly agree with their arguments.

Well put together mate !

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  • Saraswati
  • 08-16-22

If you read one book on Qanon, make it this one

Brilliantly researched and written, Badham doesn't need the hype and drama of other books on the subject as the subject is quite dramatic enough. She has dealt with the topic sensitively; behind the beliefs are humans who have been sucked into a simply bizarre belief system through out technological obsessions. Badham is not a narrator; at times I felt she was having difficulty getting the words out. However she either improved, or I became used to her.
Even though it's a three star narration, I give an overall five star as she is, after all, the author.
I'm recommending this book to anyone who would like to know more about this disturbing phenomena.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-22

Current and prescient.

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