In the digital cave of supremacism: the racist and misogynistic hatred that flourishes on the Internet | Babelia


Portrait of the writer Talia Lavin.  / CAPTAIN SWING
Portrait of the writer Talia Lavin. / CAPTAIN SWING

“Your date could prevent a genocide!” As a promotional strategy, the truth is not bad. Who wouldn’t want to flirt to prevent the end of their civilization? For this purpose, a certain Liv Heide created the website, to earn a few dollars. Naturally they may think I’m lying, but it’s the first time she’s visited a dating site. Upon entering you are greeted by a photograph of a young girl. She walks down a tree-lined path and sports a crown of yellow flowers in her hair. It is worth that her smile gives a little Yuyu, but it is dedicated to the man of informal elegance who contemplates it. This looks like it ends in a wedding. And in the last cover photo, sure enough, a woman’s hands place a ring on a man’s finger. How nice! To join the community (of a love so pure, so perversely pure) you must fill out a form headed by a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. “Love is not just looking at each other, it is looking in the same direction.” The direction to look is the preservation of the race: White Americans are suffering from genocide.

To find out how the bogeyman worked out for the men hoping to flirt on the dating site, Jewish journalist Talia Lavin invented a fake persona—blonde, Iowa farm-complex resident, hunter—and continued her feedback investigation. of supremacism on the Net. His book was published in the fall of 2020. Read today, it helps to imagine what the degraded moral life of the mob is like that after a few weeks would try to storm the Capitol.

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In the previous demonstration there were, on the one hand, activists that we could place in the orbit of the Tea Party, but that day of Trumpist pride a typology of being addicted to supremacist poison also came out of the cave. Lavin has tested it for us. It is a poison that runs through certain media and multiplies on websites that spread hoaxes. It is shared by groups that watch crime videos on YouTube at the same time or form a community by meeting again on encrypted messaging platforms. They share codes, rituals and manifestos that incite gender and racial violence and that, in some cases, lead to murders in mosques or synagogues. Memes are passed there, whoa whoa, They mythologize criminals, it’s scary, but soon they insult and use real siege strategies because they leak photographs or postal addresses or mount shit storms to sink the reputation of specific people. Lavin has been a victim of that hatred and has wanted to understand how it creates community.

In addition to acknowledging the fear that happened and recounting it with a certain combative irony, in the culture of hate it is argued that this supremacist magma is not something new in the United States: the New York journalist identifies the racist and misogynistic traditions, where they come from and how they have been updated in digital language to mobilize thousands of people. “Time and time again, the internet had proven to be the key to radicalization.” A singular chapter is the one dedicated to the collective incel, kids frustrated by sexual abstinence and who project their traumas in a crazy misogynist discourse. How much repressive madness is there in that cave underworld? With its symbols, with its own dictionary, a fear of reality is hidden and, of course, the experience of fear in a group provokes monsters, who when they come out of their cave, rabid, frighten. It was seen in Washington. He had been seen in 2017 at the far-right Charlottesville rally blessed by Trump. Monitoring this underworld is a democratic necessity.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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