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The Other Pandemic

Release date: 13 July 2023
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Imagine a deadly pathogen that, once created, could infect any person in any part of the globe wi... Read More

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Imagine a deadly pathogen that, once created, could infect any person in any part of the globe within seconds. No need to wait for travellers, trains, or air traffic to spread it, all you need is an internet connection. In this gripping investigation, Pulitzer Prize winner James Ball decodes the cryptic language of the online right and with a surgeon's precision tracks the spread of QAnon, the world's first digital pandemic.

QAnon began as an internet community dedicated to supporting President Trump and intent on outing a global cabal of human traffickers. A short, cryptic message posted by an anonymous user to a niche internet forum in 2017 was the spark that ignited a global movement. What started as a macabre game of virtual make-believe quickly spiralled into the spread of virulently hateful, dangerous messaging - which turned into tragic, violent actions.

Incoherent, chaotic, free from agendas: QAnon is a one-size-fits all cult conspiracy. From a standoff at the Hoover Dam, to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on 6 January 2021, to protesting COVID-19 lockdowns, this digital pandemic has spread globally and shows no signs of stopping. In 
The Other Pandemic Ball takes us into the niche pathways through which these digital pathogens spread, mutate and infect people all across the globe - but he also argues that the prognosis doesn't have to be dire. He shows us that it is possible to treat and cure this virus in order to build up our digital immune systems, and be better prepared to survive the next wave.

 

Product Details

Title: The Other Pandemic
Author: James Ball
Publisher: Bloomsbury
SKU: BK0483941
EAN: 9781526642530
Number Of Pages: 336
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 13 July 2023

About Author

James Ball is a Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos, and the author of multiple books, including Post-Truth and The System. He has worked for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, BuzzFeed, the Guardian and the Washington Post and his reporting projects have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the Scripps Howard Prize and the British Journalism Award for investigative reporting, among others. He lives in London.

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