[Discussion] On the effect of Alt Right "journalism"

Where we discuss how fake news has real costs.

The story last weekend that a nutbag from North Carolina who read too much of the "Alt Right" conspiracy theory garbage actually went to my old pizza place in Washington DC with an AK and terrorized its patrons because he was convinced it was a haven for child prostitution run by Hillary Clinton has me thinking that we need a thread to catalog the real world effects of this kind of deliberate idiocy.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/police-m...

I know a guy who totally believes in Pizzagate...and is from NC, so I kinda thought this might be him when I read this story...sigh...

I also know a PizzaGate believer, I think. There's a chance that he's just a troll, but I think we have long since left behind the value in that distinction.

https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...

Albright’s map also provides a clue to understanding the Google search results I found. What these rightwing news sites have done, he explains, is what most commercial websites try to do. They try to find the tricks that will move them up Google’s PageRank system. They try and “game” the algorithm. And what his map shows is how well they’re doing that.

That’s what my searches are showing too. That the right has colonised the digital space around these subjects – Muslims, women, Jews, the Holocaust, black people – far more effectively than the liberal left.

“It’s an information war,” says Albright. “That’s what I keep coming back to.”

But it’s where it goes from here that’s truly frightening. I ask him how it can be stopped. “I don’t know. I’m not sure it can be. It’s a network. It’s far more powerful than any one actor.”

So, it’s almost got a life of its own? “Yes, and it’s learning. Every day, it’s getting stronger.”

wordsmythe wrote:

I also know a PizzaGate believer, I think. There's a chance that he's just a troll, but I think we have long since left behind the value in that distinction.

The believer I know loves getting off on trolling people, so I think there is some overlap.

Someone I work with is sincerely posting Pizzagate youtube videos and claiming that Nicole Kidman's recently deceased father was involved in "the same Satanic pedophile ring".

Ugh.

Any respect I had for him has just gone down the crapper.

Paleocon wrote:

Someone I work with is sincerely posting Pizzagate youtube videos and claiming that Nicole Kidman's recently deceased father was involved in "the same Satanic pedophile ring".

Ugh.

Any respect I had for him has just gone down the crapper.

Wait, for the colleague or for Nicole Kidman's father?

Paleocon wrote:

Someone I work with is sincerely posting Pizzagate youtube videos and claiming that Nicole Kidman's recently deceased father was involved in "the same Satanic pedophile ring".

Ugh.

Any respect I had for him has just gone down the crapper.

Sounds like someone needs to anonymously forward that video to HR asking if that employee accurately represents the values of the company...

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Really over living in the timeline that we're sending someone back from to fix.