Reasons for the rise and rise of QAnon

How did an online conspiracy theory become so strong that it is influencing the politics of the party ruling the world's most powerful country while inspiring terrorists at the same time?

The rise of QAnon - an online conspiracy theory that has the trappings of a religious cult - is reflective of broader trends in society, notably how technology is blunting our ability to know what is real while driving existing tendencies for politics to head into ever more extreme directions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2020, with the headline 'Reasons for the rise and rise of QAnon'. Print Edition | Subscribe