Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right by Angela Nagle

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Read Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right Online Free - Recent years have seen a revival of the heated culture wars of the 1990s, but this time its battle ground is the internet. On one side the "alt right" ranges from the once bizarre neo-reactionary and white separatist movements, to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supporting gay libertarian Milo Yiannopolous. On the other side, a culture of struggle sessions and virtue signalling lurks behind a therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces. The feminist side of the online culture wars has its equally geeky subcultures right through to its mainstream expression. Kill All Normies explores some of the cultural genealogies and past parallels of these styles and subcultures, drawing from transgressive styles of 60s libertinism and conservative movements, to make the case for a rejection of the perpetual cultural turn.

Title : Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right
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ISBN : 1785355449
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 136 pages


Ariel rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 12, 2017

I originally didn't want to read this book, only having read a few excerpts whining about Tumblr (more specifically, trigger warnings and gender identity) that made me not want to touch it. The book kept popping up on my newsfeed, and so I decided to read it to see if it fulfills its hype (Spoile...

Blair rated it ★★★★★

May 28, 2017

I was expecting to be interested in this, but I didn't expect to be so impressed by it. Angela Nagle writes so even-handedly and with such a fair critical eye about recent iterations of disruptive political groupings on both the right and left. On the right is the now-notorious alt-right, divided...

Shadiya rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 28, 2017

Some interesting stuff on various internet subcultures, but otherwise yeesh. Nagle is willing to sympathise with the bigoted subcultures present on 4chan/reddit in order to fully interpret the ideas & motivations behind their politics, but is largely unwilling to do the same with tumblr, even...

David rated it ★★★★☆

November 03, 2017

A book that makes a compelling case that sociopathy is in fact a bad thing. Also, that nerds are actually much worse than jocks. A highly unsympathetic cyber genealogy of the 'alt-right' that is at the same time an unsparing account of the vicious stupidity of woke liberal twitter shaming. Reading...

William rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 25, 2017

tl;dr: Eh \_(ツ)_/ Nagle brings a lot of valuable research and firsthand reporting to helping people make sense of the various facets of the alt-right, but it wasn't nearly as compelling as I was expecting from a book about the internet communities that have emerged in the past decade. The best par...

Miranda rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 06, 2017

I was very disappointed by this book. I grew up on and with the Internet and I love reading about culture wars. However, in addition to inexcusably sloppy editing and bad writing (Please, someone ask Angela Nagle about "Barak" Obama or Peter "Theil," or why she's apparently on a first name basis...

Valdimar rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 23, 2017

edit: its only about 3 months old, but has already aged poorly mostly a fun, easy read, but drifts off into some very sketchy territory, especially when discussing tumblr and trigger warnings. Completely put off by the following quotation, where Nagle seems...

Matthias rated it ★★★★☆

June 11, 2017

This is what cultural criticism should be: it draws on academic theory while remaining readable, is capable of impassioned polemic and clear partisanship while remaining relentlessly fair regarding matters of fact, and in general, it knows its stuff. (Like Nagle, I am perhaps overly familiar with...

Baglan rated it ★★★★★

June 10, 2017

First of all: Holy shit. This is a book that I have been waiting to read for quiet some time now, but the level of insight and highly comprehensive discussion of what is going on in the cultural wars on the Web by Nagle exceeded my expectations. It reminded me of early works by Naomi Klein which...

Karla rated it ★★★☆☆

July 13, 2017

Interesting run-down of certain internet subcultures and how they've fueled, and been fueled by, the current political climate. However, the lack of citations and formless flow had me head-scratching in quite a few places. Also needed a good editorial polish as well. Great topic, but the executio...

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