The lecture is a general survey of the darker side of Web 2.0-enabled New Media. In particular, I explore some of its frightfully hilarious/hilariously frightful uses by subversive and revolutionary groups on the fringes of contemporary global society. My case studies:
* the French National Front on Second Life;
* the Stormfront White Nationalist Community;
* the global anticapitalism movement (specifically, the IndyMedia Network);
* radical Islamism (specifically, AqsaTube);
* and the Second Life Liberation Army.
I lightly get into some of the theoretical issues, in particular the nature of New Media and today’s internet, and the role culture plays in determining the extent to which a subversive or revolutionary organization goes “high tech.”
The lecture is decidely “low tech,” intended for non-specialists and all-around end-users. However, it may also be of value to those with technical or journalistic backgrounds who may not be aware of the various fringe subcultures forming around the new technology.