From Pizzagate to the Great Replacement: The Globalization of Conspiracy Theories

  title={From Pizzagate to the Great Replacement: The Globalization of Conspiracy Theories},
  author={Gabriele Cosentino},
This chapter discusses the circulation of conspiracy theories evolving from concoctions of Internet subcultures to global topics of public conversation and political mobilization. The examples provided are those of the Pizzagate and QAnon conspiracy theories, which embody the anti-establishment ethos, the paranoid disposition and the ironic attitude of far-right on-line communities. The chapter analyzes the spreading of a set of myths, symbols and codes created by the 4chan and 8chan users… 

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A Conspiracy of Data: QAnon, Social Media, and Information Visualization

  • M. Hannah
  • Computer Science, Art
    Social Media + Society
  • 2021
It is argued that the authors are witnessing a confluence between extremely online, crowd-sourced conspiracies, whose adherents possess a high capacity for online information gathering, and visualization, meant to communicate data about their world effectively and accurately through optical means which has been co-opted for information warfare.

Special Issue: Conspiracy Theories in Digital Environments

  • 2022

Verschwörungsmythen am Beispiel von QAnon und Neue Weltordnung – Eine rekonstruktive Metaphernanalyse

  • Charlotte Fehr
  • Nichts als die Wahrheit? Verschwörungsglaube und konspirationistisches Denken
  • 2021
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