Webs of Hate: Influencers and Bigotry in the Digital Sphere

There is an emerging set of digital landscapes with certain idiosyncrasies that might at first seem trivial and wonky but could well provide key insights about the state of contemporary culture. Namely, the manner in which minor celebrities of the internet conduct themselves in said landscapes can tell us a lot about the dominant ideologies of our time.

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David Stockdale
Rejecting the Nihilism of「隠れ蓑」

How does someone begin to identify the hidden fascist sentiments that permeate their culture in order to reject them? How do they discover the object of ideology that is sacred to the point of irrationalism? What idea or structure in our culture operates under what Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburō Ōe has referred to as a 隠れ蓑 (kakuremino) or ‘magic cloak of invisibility’ in reference to the Emperor System of Japan, something which allows the wearer to go unexamined yet continue to thrive?

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Graham Dethmers
HBO's Silicon Valley: How Satire Became Celebration

When news broke a handful of years ago that Mike Judge would transpose his trademark American-workplace satire onto California’s tech industry in HBO’s Silicon Valley, it seemed a salve for a public baffled, irked, and wounded by tech capitalism. Yet Silicon Valley hasn’t proven itself a sendup so much as a celebration.

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Julianne Tveten