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The Flashing Warning of QAnon;By Matt Alt

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Conspiracy theories blossom in trying times, but today they are supercharged by the tools of our hyperconnected communities—the Internet, ever-present in our homes and smartphones; massive social-media networks; and algorithmic recommendation systems that connect us in ways both empowering and toxic. Indeed, these technologies promote strife in ways that even their creators seem hard-pressed to confront: witness Facebook’s ongoing failure to rein in extremist groups across all its services. QAnon may be the first online conspiracy to become a near-religion—with a surprising pull that extends from the dark fringes of the Web to neighborhood groups for moms—but it certainly won’t be the last. As illustrated by the recurring struggles of post-industrial information societies as disparate as Japan and America, human nature virtually guarantees it.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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