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Should We All Be Taking ‘Irony Poisoning’ More Seriously?
The young man lived much of his life online, where he slid slowly and privately into extremism. It had begun as a joke. He and a friend would share racist memes to provoke and shock one another. Over time, the shock value wore off and the hate became sincere.
“They found themselves joking, addressing one another as ‘mein Führer’ and such,” Mr. Pauli said, shaking his head. “There’s a very small distance between joke and real.”
There was, we told him, a term for this: irony poisoning. Though Mr. Pauli had never heard it before — it is used almost exclusively by young, English-speaking social media addicts — he immediately laughed in recognition of the idea.
“Yes, that’s very good,” he said, adding excitedly that Sigmund Freud had proposed something similar. This was Germany, after all.
culture  internet  hate  racism 
august 2018 by conner
We must bulldoze what’s left of the nerdy white men’s Internet
"This episode is a helpful way to look at the state of the Internet in 2015: angry nerds using mobs of sockpuppets to help them fight their anonymous culture wars."

"There is a reality that is slowly but surely revealing itself through all this, one that may have always been true: These anonymous men aren’t underdogs who have been unfairly excluded from pop culture due to their dense interest in quirky topics. They’re antisocial hatemongers, and one way or another, they will be left behind."
internet  culture  sexism  hate  assholes  harrassment 
march 2016 by conner

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