Fiction not facts – QAnon and the threat of corporate conspiracies
Is the coronavirus merely an invention of the pharmaceutical lobby or is it perhaps triggered by 5G technology? Conspiracy theories have not only become more prominent in the public eye in view of the corona pandemic, but are also finding a growing number of followers. Especially, the conspiracy movement QAnon is becoming increasingly popular in Germany as well. At the same time QAnon is a special case among the conspiracy myths: QAnon is not only extremely “successful”, the movement can also be seen as an example of a new dimension of digital opinion making and mobilisation, as it makes use of the functional mechanisms of the social web in a highly elaborated manner. In this article we explain what the QAnon movement is, how it works and what threats and implications can be derived from it for economy and politics. For one thing is clear: online movements can only be against a fictional conspiracy, but also against real companies, institutions and individuals.