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QAnon and the plot to break reality. Reporter and presenter Gabriel Gatehouse takes a journey into the dark undergrowth of modern America

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    • 4.7 • 272 Ratings

QAnon and the plot to break reality. Reporter and presenter Gabriel Gatehouse takes a journey into the dark undergrowth of modern America

    8. Epilogue

    8. Epilogue

    QAnon and the plot to break reality...

    Gabriel Gatehouse has something to confess. Throughout the making of the series he’s been developing his own conspiracy theory. It’s about a book, called The Sovereign Individual, written by two men who were also pushing stories about the Clintons in the 1990s.

    Were the people who seeded the myths that led to QAnon involved in a vast conspiracy to break reality, to divide and conquer and divvy up the spoils?

    Gabriel seeks to understand the book, a favourite amongst the tech billionaires of Silicon Valley. They think a new version of the web, based on crypto and blockchain, will bring about the next step in the societal shift driven by the internet. What would that mean for democracy?

    Producer: Lucy Proctor

    • 38 min
    7. Welcome to the Future

    7. Welcome to the Future

    QAnon and the plot to break reality...

    The Q Shaman, the man with the furs and horns who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, is in jail. The movement he came to symbolise appears defeated. But in a small South Carolina seaside town, ‘establishment’ Republicans are fighting a losing battle for the soul of their party, after one of the bloggers who mainstreamed the QAnon conspiracy theory has been elected to a powerful local position.

    Across America, people who believe Donald Trump’s parallel narrative about a stolen election are trying to take over the levers of democracy. Was this the plan all along?

    Producer: Lucy Proctor
    Presenter: Gabriel Gatehouse

    • 37 min
    6. The Usual Suspects

    6. The Usual Suspects

    QAnon and the plot to break reality...

    Donald Trump’s fantasy about a vast conspiracy to steal the 2020 election merges with the fantasy of QAnon, about a looming showdown against the deep state cabal of satanic paedophiles.

    After the storming of the Capitol in Washington DC, major figures from the QAnon movement gather in Dallas, Texas. Gabriel Gatehouse gets inside their conference to try to figure out who is now controlling this parallel reality. And he confronts General Flynn who is calling for his ‘digital soldiers’ to take over the country from the bottom up.

    Producer: Lucy Proctor

    • 42 min
    5. Blowback

    5. Blowback

    QAnon and the plot to break reality...

    A British spy is hired to dig dirt on Donald Trump’s Russia connections. His sources tell him Trump is a Russian agent, a puppet of the Kremlin.

    America is gripped by this story. Half are convinced the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in order to defeat Hillary Clinton. But the other half believes the investigations into Russian collusion are a hoax, a conspiracy by the establishment to unseat a democratically elected president.

    The QAnon community takes up this second narrative, in which a renegade General becomes a martyr and a figurehead.

    Producer: Lucy Proctor
    Presenter: Gabriel Gatehouse

    • 35 min
    4. Q Drops

    4. Q Drops

    QAnon and the plot to break reality...

    In Oct 2017 Donald Trump says something weird in a room full of military figures: “Maybe this is the calm before the storm.”

    A few weeks later a poster on 4chan who calls himself Q starts to tell a crazy story about a coming storm, in which Trump is engaged in an epic battle against a cabal of satanic paedophiles who have hijacked the American Republic.

    A group of bloggers mainstream the theory and it starts having a life of its own with real world consequences. Qanon is born. But who is directing it?

    Producer: Lucy Proctor
    Presenter: Gabriel Gatehouse

    • 35 min
    3. The Basement

    3. The Basement

    QAnon and the plot to break reality...

    A severely disabled boy from upstate New York is shocked when his online community of video game fans is flooded with porn. He gets sucked into a toxic world of mostly young men stuck in their parents’ basements, making memes out of snippets of popular culture and Nazi symbols. He becomes a major figure in a dark new counterculture germinating on a niche website called 4chan.

    As the 2016 Presidential election approaches, a story grows on 4chan about Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, paedophilia, and references to pizza. The story bursts out into the real world when a man walks into a pizza restaurant with a gun.

    Producer: Lucy Proctor
    Presenter: Gabriel Gatehouse

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 Ratings

a64736362 ,

Loved it

Perfectly balanced and insightful reporting. Gabriel Gatehouse blends compassion and objectivity in a way that brings you closer to understanding qanon and those who believe in it. The story of how the internet is distorting our beliefs about reality will be the story of the next several decades. Thank you all for making this!!

Saismaat ,

Brilliant and disturbing

The fact a bunch useful idiots took 4chan seriously depresses me so much.

helio122 ,

Is this our future …? … now …?

I’ve heard about this podcast from another podcast and curious began listening to it.. Gabriel brings a full story that can not and could not be contained by a summary of what happen Jan 6 2020.. I was surprised by the contents that got unveiled but at the same time thankful for not getting only half of a story .. as it said, “this is not the end but just the beginning” I can fully appreciate and understand the causes that brought us here. Thank you.

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