QAnon is still around, as a thing if not as a persona.
The mysterious Q’s last post was one year ago today, but the discussion forum Q inspired remains active. A safe way to view it on the clear web (as opposed to the dark web, where the original now resides) is here:
Now that all the fuss is over, a few thoughts may be in order.
First, the most noteworthy thing about QAnon always was the over-the-top, almost hallucinogenic, reaction against it. Whatever QAnon was in reality, it was never what its critics said it was. Heck, QAnon was never what some of its supporters said it was, either.
Critics and naysayers, for example, described QAnon as a vast conspiracy theory, but the basic outline was simply the John Birch Society’s old Illuminati scheme. Fleshed out with tons of random material and amateur speculation the conspiracy theory may have seemed vast, but in truth it was remarkably limited.
Supporters and promoters for their part described QAnon as a Great Awakening, and they were probably correct in the sense that few participants knew the JBS story before getting involved with QAnon. Many of those participants today are now familiar with the JBS conspiracy theory basics, although they probably don’t know the origins. Some awakening!
Second, if QAnon accomplished anything useful, it may have been to familiarize millions of people with the concept and technology of psychological operations as practiced by the military/industrial complex. The information was readily available and had been for decades, but no one was looking at it, talking about it, or connecting any of it to current events. The CIA’s MKULTRA and Mockingbird programs are prime examples of such known-but-rarely-discussed topics that QAnon invigorated.
Finally, it may seem obvious in retrospect that QAnon was an instance of mass hysteria, but even so it was and remains largely benign. QAnon always contained its own anti-cultic elements. Thus, the originator (leader) has never been identified; QAnon groups that formed all tended to disintegrate; the promise of secrets to be revealed was never fulfilled.