James Ball

The Other Pandemic

How QAnon Contaminated the World



In “The Other Pandemic: How QAnon Contaminated the World,” James Ball unveils the rise of the QAnon conspiracy amidst the COVID-19 era. Exploring its digital spread, global impact, and societal fracture, Ball emphasizes the urgent need for digital literacy and critical thinking in our interconnected age. A vital read for today’s world.

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In “The Other Pandemic: How QAnon Contaminated the World,” James Ball dives deep into the rapid proliferation of one of the most mysterious and divisive conspiracy theories of the 21st century: QAnon. As COVID-19 swept across the globe, another contagion was spreading virally, this one targeting minds through the internet, causing a dangerous fracture in society’s understanding of reality.

Through meticulous research and compelling storytelling, Ball takes readers on a riveting journey:

  • Origins: Discover the murky beginnings of QAnon, unraveling its origins from a single cryptic post on an internet forum to an explosive global movement.
  • Digital Dynamics: Learn how social media platforms, recommendation algorithms, and the human tendency for pattern recognition played a pivotal role in the dissemination of QAnon beliefs.
  • Personal Stories: Meet both fervent believers and those whose lives were torn apart by the conspiracy. These firsthand accounts provide an intimate look into the human psyche and the profound impacts of the digital age.
  • Global Reach: Understand how QAnon’s tentacles reached beyond the US, influencing politics, culture, and discourse in numerous countries around the world.
  • Counteractions: Explore the efforts of journalists, experts, and everyday people who worked tirelessly to debunk the conspiracy and heal the societal divisions it wrought.

With sharp insights and a keen understanding of the digital landscape, Ball shines a light on the dangers of unchecked misinformation in the internet era. “The Other Pandemic” serves not just as a documentation of QAnon’s rise but as a stark warning about the need for digital literacy, critical thinking, and the tools required to combat such ideologically infectious outbreaks in the future.

A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the complex interplay between technology, psychology, and global events in today’s hyper-connected world.

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Weight 568 g
Dimensions 24.4 × 16.2 cm