It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office

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It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office

It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office

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As Beran explains, many Gen Xers and millennials, raised to expect boomer-era prosperity, instead found themselves scuttled by the Great Recession: jobless or doomed to 1099-R subcontracting gigs, drowning in debt, unable to make real-world romantic attachments, slowly realizing that the future they’d been promised was canceled. is a microcosm of the internet itself--simultaneously at the vanguard of contemporary culture, politics, comedy and language, and a new low for all of the above. Reading Dale Beran’s chronicle of 4chan, the anonymous imageboard where some of the internet’s worst scandals have been fomented, feels like scrolling through the forum itself.

I'm certain that there is a great book waiting to be publishing on the history fringe politics on the internet, but this isn't it. Navigating cause and effect in this post-truth, post-irony online space is no easy task, but Dale Beran gives it all a thorough and thoughtful examination through a lens that incorporates generational ennui, systemic failure, and mass media as likely suspects in this slightly depressing societal whodunnit. And so it went down the line: Anonymous protesters, all following Rule 1, trying to conceal 4chan from me, and obscure the source of the joke, just like a raid into a chat room, each hiding their motivations behind a mirrored chamber of repeated memes.And if you are isolated, you can participate in the ersatz interaction of virtual communities, such as message boards and social media. I've never been on reddit/4chan/video game sites/tumblr and apparently these online spaces created distinct language and culture and norms and so the alt right and even some parts of the progressive left that I have a hard time understanding--actually can't be understood without knowing a little bit about these spaces. Senior correspondent Peter Rubin will review Yoko Ogawa's The Memory Police, out in translation August 13.

ALSO, the link between original 80s/90s Hikikomori and 00s/10s online culture in the west is VERY noticeable and I'm sure everyone reading this can cite (at least) one person they know who's been lost to online culture. This interpretation of the "economic left" - itself a bizarre conflation of liberalism and populism from which Marxism is absent - would be news to Africa, South America, and Asia.

Just as acquiring all the commodities in a bachelor pad earns the playboy the right to impress women and therefore the reward of sex. They neatly fenced off what were in fact free possibilities for happiness, and separated pleasure into discrete chunks limited by how much the consumer could spend. s mutating ethos, he contends, married the victim culture of its self-labeled low-status 'beta males' to the alt-right’s prescription of white nationalism, patriarchy, and fascist power politics as a salve for the grievances of dispossessed men, culminating in a half-sincere, half-cynical embrace of Donald Trump.

Strains of counterculture perished, and new mutations were born with adaptive counterstrategies to avoid being immediately devoured. Beran, unlike Nagle or some other Fisher acolytes, doesn’t add hatred and ax-grinding to the problems this intellectual inheritance brings with him.For this purpose—just as 4chan would later—it adopted Nazi imagery in an attempt to shrug off co-optation.

To me, the most interesting idea in the book is one Beran only touches on: why some people could pull up from the smug, furious, post-truth hate that consumed 4chan in the last decade while others could not. If you follow me on here you know that I've been reading a LOT of books trying to understand the modern alt-right and this is by far the most cogent and insightful. The author’s description of the way chan culture developed into a right wing space is limited by an over emphasis on consumerism and economics at the expense of attention to other social conditions. We can blame the advertising universe, the media universe, rabid capitalism, reality TV, the male-centric gamer-scape, and so much more, but this really, truly falls on parenting—or the utter lack thereof.It is an important even in online right-wing radicalization and there is almost no context offered because it doesn't fit the thesis of toxic development of internet culture. Sites like 4chan and 8chan are microcosms of the internet itself--simultaneously at the vanguard of contemporary culture, politics, comedy and language, and a new low for all of the above.



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