Qanon NRM Omega Kingdom Ministry Zoom
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: May 20, 2020 10:15PM

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On Feb. 23, I logged onto Zoom to observe the first public service of what is essentially a QAnon church operating out of the Omega Kingdom Ministry (OKM). I’ve spent 12 weeks attending this two-hour Sunday morning service.

What I’ve witnessed is an existing model of neo-charismatic home churches — the neo-charismatic movement is an offshoot of evangelical Protestant Christianity and is made up of thousands of independent organizations — where QAnon conspiracy theories are reinterpreted through the Bible. In turn, QAnon conspiracy theories serve as a lens to interpret the Bible itself.

The Church of QAnon: Will Conspiracy Theories Form the Basis of a New Religious Movement?

Followers of the QAnon movement believe in wild and dangerous conspiracy theories about U.S. President Donald Trump. Now a faction within the movement has been interpreting the Bible through QAnon conspiracies.

[www.snopes.com]

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Similarities Between QAnon Alternate Reality Games
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: September 07, 2020 12:40AM

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Alternate Reality Game -- ARG

An alternate reality game is an interactive networked narrative that uses the real world as a platform and employs transmedia storytelling to deliver a story that may be altered by players' ideas or actions. Wikipedia

Corboy: People discussing QAnon on Twitter suggest that a big part of QAnon's appeal is that it gives all the satisfaction a good Alternate Reality Game (ARG) -- with greater intensity.

[twitter.com]

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Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
Been thinking about this *a lot* since Adrian pointed it out

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Adrian Hon
@adrianhon
· Jul 9
Theory: QAnon is popular partly because the act of “researching” it through obscure forums and videos and blog posts, though more time-consuming than watching TV, is actually *more enjoyable* because it’s an active process.

Game-like, even; or ARG-like, certainly.

Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
Specifically based on all the ARG player behavior I’ve seen over the last 20 years.

I’m pretty terrified about how it plays out. No time for a thread or to write about it today though.
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
Sigh ok

It even “solves” the content generation “problem” that ARGs have had :(
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Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
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@hondanhon
Every single QAnon behavior I’ve seen is a 10x+ version of ARG player behavior but uncontrolled, undirected and unconstrained
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
It rewards independent research, gives you the dopamine hit of finding a connection “on your own” and for pros, unlike ARGs, you can generate your own content to fill in the narrative gaps *that other players will use* AND it is a threat to public safety and governance
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
You get the same documentation behavior as you get on ARGs with people generating documents, wikis, narratives, explanations to bring on newcomers.

ARGs are predicated on drawing together/discovering evidence to figure out an end-goal/story and "meaning"
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
In a conversation with a friend (I'm checking to see if I can/they want to be tagged in!) they reminded me that you get all of the local fame aspects of ARGs as well.

"The first to solve" or the "first to make the connection" that we saw way back in 2000.
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
I bet that in QAnon, just like in ARGs and pretty much every other online game, (and, I argue, any online social service), you get Bartle's types: achievers, explorers, socializers and killers.
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
Socializers: meme makers (which also creates achievement)
Achievers: connection finders, playing for local fame
Killers: *LITERALLY, FOR FUCK'S SAKE*, but also in this case, "killing"/griefing/attacking people not even playing the game
Explorers: connection finders
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
ARG players *want* to believe it's not a game and behave as if it isn't. They provide suspension of disbelief in, I'd argue, same way QAnon does. ARG players *also* see themselves as secret hero warriors etc, you're an avatar with power.
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Mike Gintz
@sawtoothwave
· Jul 10
Replying to @hondanhon
I agree that the pattern is very ARG-ish, but isn't the primary dopamine hit here coming from the fact that unlike an ARG, participants don't believe it's a game? They see themselves as secret hero warriors for truth/righteousness, thus imbuing their every action w/ purpose.
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
Here's a e.g. After 9/11, @adrianhon
and I and others who were community moderators of one of the first ARGs had to come down *hard and fast* with players *convinced* that "we" could solve 9/11.
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
That rush of "making sense of something" and sharing it in a social sense is right there in QAnon.

QAnon is a massively multiplayer, distributed, bottom-up, undirected effort that is strikingly gamelike and has its tendrils now in politics and is a threat to public safety.
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
re the content generation problem for "regular" ARGs I mentioned above. For every ARG I've been involved in and ones my friends have been involved in, communities always consume/complete/burn through content faster than you can make it, when you're doing a narrative-based game.
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
This content generation/consumption/playing asymmetry is, I think, just a fact.

But QAnon "solved" it by being able to co-opt all content that already exists and, like I say above, encourages and allows you to *create new content* that counts and is fair play in-the-game.
Dan Hon
@hondanhon
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Jul 10
Top-down, narrative-based games (where we've seen these mechanics & behaviors play out) don't do that. They burn out, they finish, they have dead ends.

That's why I'm worried: I don't know how you fight something like this.

It would be trivially easy for Facebook to keep their word and no longer recommend QAnon pages like this.

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QAnon Relationship Casualties
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: September 07, 2020 12:41AM

Why I Left QAnon

[www.buzzsprout.com]


Forum


QAnon cult recovery

[www.google.com]

How to Chart a Path out of QAnon and Other Cult-like Communities

[www.kqed.org]

QAnon functions "like a video game" to "hook" converts — and some include former Navy SEALs: reports
QAnon shows no signs of slowing down as it reportedly attracts some well-trained military veterans

[www.salon.com]

Reddit QAnonCasualties discussion

[www.reddit.com]

People Tell Us How QAnon Destroyed Their Relationships

We spoke to people who told us how the QAnon conspiracy theory ruined their marriage, turned their parents into completely different people, and otherwise made their lives miserable.

[www.vice.com]

My Father The QAnon Conspiracy Theorist

After my parents got divorced, Dad began a slow slide into isolation. Eventually he found consolation in the darkest corners of the web. Can I help him get back out?

[narratively.com]

Journalist Enters The World Of QAnon: 'It's Almost Like A Bad Spy Novel'

August 20, 20201:24 PM ET
Heard on Fresh Air

[www.npr.org]

Inside the bizarro world of conspiracy ’cult’ QAnon that’s growing ‘exponentially’ and sounding alarms

[www.nydailynews.com]


Why some baby boomers are eating up the QAnon conspiracy

[mashable.com]



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