πŸ‘ Rebecca Solnit on Twitter Conspiracies, QAnon, and the Case of the Two-Faced Mailboxes

Liked Rebecca Solnit on Twitter Conspiracies, QAnon, and the Case of the Two-Faced Mailboxes (LitHub)

QAnon is worse than mailbox misrepresentations on approximately the scale that nuclear bombs are worse than rubber-band guns, but difference in scale isn’t necessarily difference in kind. And it’s a slippery slope. When it comes to writing nonfiction, let alone news, I’m a stickler for it actually being nonfiction (which has plenty of latitude for talking about uncertainty, imperfect memory, wishful thinking and imagination as such), and I’ve often told students that it’s a slippery slope from the things that yourΒ stepfather didn’t really smashΒ to the weapons of mass destruction that Iraq didn’t really have. Besides, when people are afraid to fight you on principles and ideas, they fight you on facts, and if you want to win it helps to have them all in order.

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