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An ethical stance regarding QAnon

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David Troy wrote an excellent thread on how to respond ethically and appropriately to QAnon. He quite correctly (in my view) defines it as a virulent and highly infectious meme entity. His thread begins:

It’s time to clarify an ethical stance regarding QAnon, and those who research and report on it. It is a disease — a mind virus — with real victims, people who have been lied to and alienated from their families and communities.

2/ First, we must help the victims, and focus on helping them restore their bonds to family and community. Second, we must hold the perpetrators accountable. Third, we must shun all those who profit from its continuance.

3/ We need to make fringe ideas fringe again. They will always be with us, but fringe groups should remain small and in dark corners. If we think of QAnon as a virus, we need to shrink the number of infected people.

4/ While QAnon has suffered a major blow with the failure of its prophecies, it is slithering along, trying to find new narratives that stick; and it likely will.

But we must not allow it to grow again. Some suggest that’s impossible. I disagree.

5/ By declining to give . . .

Read the whole thing.

Written by LeisureGuy

23 January 2021 at 10:07 am

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