Paranoid Publics

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Abstract

This article takes up the recent insurrection in Washington, DC, and the paranoid politics of QAnon. It analyzes the gamification of paranoia across QAnon and related paranoid publics. Taking seriously Sigmund Freud's insight that delusional formations are attempts at recovery, this article reads QAnon as a part of a symptomatology of the social world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-126
Number of pages24
JournalHistory of the Present
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History

Keywords

  • QAnon
  • conspiracy
  • neoliberalism
  • paranoia
  • play

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