Wiebke's crazy world - online game about conspiracy theories

What are conspiracy narratives and how do they work? How do I recognize a conspiracy narrative and what does belief in QAnon, the flat earth or the Corona lie do to people? With the support of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, a multimedia online learning space has been created to answer these questions. In "Wiebke's confused world," young people can explore conspiracy myths in a playful way.

"A basement full of conspiracies" - this is the impression players get when they enter Wiebke's room. "I want to believe" posters, an alien hat, an "I won't be vaccinated" demo sign. Objects everywhere that point to well-known conspiracy theories. Wiebke sits at her computer, her boyfriend on the couch with his smartphone in hand. In a mix of film and game, you move through the room as an agent of a secret organization. The mission: to spy on Wiebke using a hidden camera and to strengthen her belief in conspiracies. The players can open cupboards and, for example, get information about conspiracy narratives from Wiebke's T-shirts, which are symbolically depicted on them. After certain actions of the players, Wiebke turns to her friend to tell about the secret plans of governments, the fake moon landing or lizard people. In this way, the players get an impression of how deep Wiebke is in her conspiracy belief. In addition to information texts, players receive a lot of information on the topic of conspiracy narratives via short explanatory videos and expert interviews.

"Wiebkes wirre Welt" was developed in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education and was awarded a special Corona prize at the German Digital Award 2021. The service is free of charge and is aimed at students aged 14 and older. No prior knowledge is required to navigate the online learning space. Teachers can download suitable teaching materials that provide suggestions for use in the classroom.

Click here to go tothe "Wiebke's Weird World" offer.

Click here for the trailer "Wiebkes wirre Welt" on YouTube.

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