Category: Insights

Analyzing YouTube “Rekt” Videos as a Vector for Radicalization

As media platforms evolve and mature, they give birth to new expressive forms shaped by the exigencies of their technological and political-economic regimes. The dramatic and affective flows of American television, for example, emerged in the twentieth century to suit an advertising-based profit model, which is itself the outcome of complex regulatory and commercial origins.… Continue reading “Analyzing YouTube “Rekt” Videos as a Vector for Radicalization”

“Just Joking” Is No Joke: How the alt-right really communicates online

The alt-right has been perhaps the most successful rebranding of fascist ideology since the Axis dénouement of 1945. Fascism has been a vexatious term for almost as long as fascist movements have existed, historically resistant to definition and typically now used as either an insult or political hyperbole. Yet the utility of the term as… Continue reading ““Just Joking” Is No Joke: How the alt-right really communicates online”

Remembering Janusz Korzcak and the victims of the Treblinka Extermination Camp

At this time of the year – August – I try to remember Janusz Korczak, who perished in the Treblinka death camp in the same month of 1942, along with the children of his orphanage and his staff. This is for them. Janusz Korczak was the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit, physician, writer and educator,… Continue reading “Remembering Janusz Korzcak and the victims of the Treblinka Extermination Camp”

This Flag Is Your Flag, This Flag Is My Flag: The Alt-Right’s Appropriation of the American Flag

When reporters attempted to interview two protestors at the ‘white civil rights rally’, otherwise known as Unite the Right 2, on 12 August in Washington, D.C., the men obscured their faces behind American flags and refused to answer. These men were not alone in their tight grip on the American flag; almost every single radical right… Continue reading “This Flag Is Your Flag, This Flag Is My Flag: The Alt-Right’s Appropriation of the American Flag”

An unclosed case: Bomb attack on immigrants in Düsseldorf 18 years ago remains unresolved

When German media examined the NSU verdict in July 2018, another trial came to an end, which went almost unobserved. This related to the unsuccessful attempt to prosecute a bomb attack in Düsseldorf as far as the year 2000. The defendant, a 52 year old right-wing extremist named Ralf S., was acquitted. He was alleged… Continue reading “An unclosed case: Bomb attack on immigrants in Düsseldorf 18 years ago remains unresolved”

Migration Fear-Mongering Distracts From More Severe Crises

As far-right leaders focus on migration, other challenges fall by the wayside. What is the most pressing problem facing the world today? Is it the proliferation of nuclear weapons, threatening the annihilation of the human species? Is it climate change, which could lead to many of the world’s major cities being flooded, or whole regions… Continue reading “Migration Fear-Mongering Distracts From More Severe Crises”

Tech That Counters Online Islamic Extremism Must Also Focus On Right-Wing Extremism

  Technology companies, government, and civil society are working together to take action against extremist exploitation of the Internet. This agenda emerged in response to concerns that Islamic State propaganda on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook might encourage viewers across the world to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State or coordinate attacks in the… Continue reading “Tech That Counters Online Islamic Extremism Must Also Focus On Right-Wing Extremism”

To Russia With Love: U.S. Extremists Mad for Vlad

The League of the South, America’s leading neo-Confederate, pro-secessionist group, is a white supremacist organization that describes the Deep South as ‘White Man’s Land.’ It speaks often of a coming race war, which its leader warns black people they will surely lose. It hates Jews. It believes the antebellum South was a rare remnant of true… Continue reading “To Russia With Love: U.S. Extremists Mad for Vlad”

When Liberals Have Had Enough: A New Wave of Protests in Romania

Whereas the stereotypical pro-government voter consumes partisan local media; by contrast, the stereotypical protester in Bucharest owns an iPhone and reads international newspapers online. Over the weekend of 10-12 August 2018, Romanian and international media were filled with images of government violence against peaceful protesters. Roughly 120,000 people filled Victory Square in Bucharest on Friday… Continue reading “When Liberals Have Had Enough: A New Wave of Protests in Romania”