New piece in Zeit about QAnon and the AFD

In this piece, Patricia Zhubi and I look into the response to Hanau from the radical right. What we found was a fever-swamp of conspiracy theory in which the same QAnon-style theorists who populate the boards the Hanau shooter accessed now deny his existence. The complex fusion of denial and multiple mutually-exclusive explanations of discrete phenomena tend to create a world in which anything could be true, and one is thus relieved of the pressure to rely on one’s own discernment.

 

Enjoy (if you speak German)… I might be able to publish an English translation shortly…

https://www.zeit.de/kultur/2020-03/rechtsradikale-onlinenetzwerke-hanau-afd-ukip

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