by Brandon Butler
The Gen-Z kids and their QAnon parents 10/14/2020

Fortesa Latifi for Teen Vogue (yup, seriously) on the divide QAnon is creating in families:

Emily now watches her mother get sucked deeper and deeper into the world of Q. “I hate it for me and I hate it for her,” Emily says. “It’s a spiral. A downward spiral.”

She tries to reason with her mother, telling her the articles she shares are from nonreputable news sources (or once, even a satirical website), but it hasn’t worked. “She gets very defensive, saying I don’t know what I’m talking about and that I think she’s stupid,” Emily says. […]

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, a sociology professor at American University who specializes in extremism, said there’s a reason Emily feels like she can’t get through to her parents. “You can’t fight conspiracy theories with logic or reason,” Miller-Idriss says. “It’s very difficult to get people to come back from. Even talking about the theory can reinforce it.”

Miller-Idriss says it’s important for children to remember that it’s not their job to fix their parents: “It’s already hard in a pandemic to maintain childhood. They need to worry about their own growth and development first.”

I’m always pleasantly surprised when I read current events written for teens and young adults that is smart and well informed and doesn’t talk down. I read a few of the other pieces on the site, like On Amy Coney Barrett, Motherhood, and Choice, and First Amy Coney Barrett Hearing Is a Display of GOP Senators’ COVID-19 Hubris, and the reporting is good. It feels more direct, written with less of a focus on word count and more on the audience’s limited time. Teen Vogue knows their audience, knows they’re busy and distracted, and they keep the fluff out of the article. Sure, there’s still a Style section and the who’s-dating-who “news”, but that’s fine. I read Destructoid and XKCD. Everyone needs their escape, but Teen Vogue is also giving teens crucially important news next to their TikTok lighting guides.