HBO Takes a Deep Dive into the Wild Corners of QAnon
Q: Into the Storm. HBO. Sunday, March 21, 9 p.m.
“I think QAnon is something that could only happen in our current day,” says an enthusiast of the conspiracy crypto-cult interviewed in HBO’s new documentary Q: Into the Storm.
I suppose the truth of that claim depends a bit on how you define “current day.” But the certainty that international Jewry was plotting to enslave the world and had even boldly transcribed its plan in a book called The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion swept the globe 120 years ago and is, even now, popular in Japan and the Middle East. The manic belief that the murder of John F. Kennedy more than half a century back was the sinister centerpiece of a coup by (take your pick) the CIA, the Mafia, Big Oil, or World Communism is still a planetary obsession. Then there are the 9/11 Truthers, the faked moon landing crowd, and of course the cabal of Freemasons who sank the Titanic. And don’t get me started on the cover-up of Paul McCartney’s death.
So filmmaker Cullen Hoback, who’s been chasing QAnon around for several years now, may feel a bit self-important about the subject of his work. But that’s my only real criticism of his six-hour series. QAnon itself may be simply one more iteration of the populist fever dreams that have set the far reaches of American politics ablaze from time to time and then quietly burn out. But the digital netherworld from which it sprang is fascinating, and Q: Into the Storm is a lively travelogue of that terrain.
QAnon sprang to life in October 2017, when someone calling himself (herself? themselves?) Q Clearance Patriot began a series of posts on the sket
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