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Victor Nguyen -  Final Presentation Victor Nguyen - Final Presentation Presentation Transcript

  • Dark Side of the Web: The Spread of Hate Ideology Through Social Media Victor Nguyen
  • White Nationalism in Traditional Media
    • Extremist ideologies exist in small pockets of the population.
    • Limited by space
    • Hostile forces
    • Censored by traditional mass media
  • Why Are Extremists Coming to the Internet?
    • The Long Tail
      • Market of ideas no longer limited by spatial restrictions
    • Church-Sect Cycle
      • Sects' ideologies often compromised over time by assimilation into mainstream
    • Logic of congruence
      • Extremist ideologies are legitimized on individual scales by communal conditioning
  • Studies I Examined Source: Spinning the Web of Hate, Schafer
  • Studies I Examined Source: Spinning the Web of Hate, Schafer
  • Studies I Examined Source: Mining Communities..., Chau & Xu
  • Studies I Examined Source: Mining Communities..., Chau & Xu
  • Studies I Examined Source: Mining Communities..., Chau & Xu
  • Trends Within WN Communities
    • External linking practices linking to other WN sources
    • Sites presenting themselves as legitimate sources of definitive information (often through outright lies)
    • WN communities often up to date with technological trends and social media patterns
    • Later 2000s: Proliferation of WN groups from isolated message forums into mainstream social networks
  • Questions
    • How are WNs coping with social media sites which restrict intolerant rhetoric?
    • How has the Internet fundamentally altered the historical patterns in which extremist ideologies have developed?
    • The Internet now offers the opportunity for fledgling extremists to cultivate their views, is this a necessary evil that comes as a result of the structure of the Internet? Or can this voice be eliminated without negative repercussions for the mainstream?