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Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right

Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right

Written by Angela Nagle

Narrated by Mary Sarah


Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right

Written by Angela Nagle

Narrated by Mary Sarah

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4/5 (106 ratings)
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4 hours
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Nov 7, 2017
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9781541485334
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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 obscure 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.

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Released:
Nov 7, 2017
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9781541485334
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About the author

Angela Nagle's work has appeared in the The New Yorker, the Baffler and many other journals. Since completing her PhD on anti-feminist online subcultures, Nagle has become an expert on the alt-right, appearing on many television and radio programs. Nagle is on the committee of Spring Manchester. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.



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  • (5/5)
    Do you want to know what was happening on the internet 4-10 years ago either because you’re too old or too young? You’re in luck, sort of. This book is an excellent contemporary history of a very strange time for humanity. Highly recommended!
  • (5/5)
    Life these days 12/2021 Definitely strange but at least not predictable and boring. although it seems most would rather have that. I miss the 2010s, 90s was infested with drugs, 2000s was strange due to war, but 2010s where alright until 2019 thats when we all just kinda fucked up again. Strange world indeed.
  • (3/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Plus points for addressing the way the internet utopia s accidentally spawned vicious alt-right subcultures. But feel like this didn’t dig in enough, and was a bit... blurry. Needed better editing too - if I’m noticing typos etc it’s bad.

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  • (5/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    A tour de force of the Materialist Left. Very well written and referencing a million different facets of history and philosophy along the way. Highly suggested for all Lefties as well as the Anti-SJW right.

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  • (3/5)
    Interesante análisis de la guerra cultural de la extrema-derecha (y la alt-right) internauta en Estados Unidos, con una enumeración básica de algunos de los protagonistas y algo de relato de su modo de actuación y patrones culturales. Un poco espeso en tema de conceptos que el público en general puede no estar familiarizado aunque por otra parte el tono y el análisis es bastante correcto evitando juicios previos y ofreciendo una visión lo más curosa posible.
  • (5/5)

    5 people found this helpful

    Just so there’s no mucking about, let me say up front that it is a rare and fleeting pleasure to read Angela Nagle. She is delightfully well read, distills the nonsense of the world calmly and directly, never loses her dispassionate center, and doesn’t descend into pop culture citations. She is effortlessly authoritative. Would there were more like her.In Kill All Normies, things online have gone unaccountably negative. The internet was supposed to be a giant uplifting community party. Instead, it is a morass of trolls, alt-right, and out and out hatred, from racists to neonazis to feminazis. Even the arts have turned negative, and to criticize them as such just makes you outmoded – and subject to vicious threats. “The whole online sensibility is more in the spirit of foul-mouthed comment-thread trolls than it is of bible study, more Fight Club than family values, more in line with the Marquis de Sade than Edmund Burke. “ Her criticism of her own generation stings. They “come from an utterly intellectual shut-down world of Tumblr and trigger warnings, and the purging of dissent in which they have only learned to recite jargon.” They couldn’t even debate the hollow showman Milo Yiannopoulos; they could only prevent him speaking.We are approaching anarchy. The right is at least as fractured and disorganized as the left. There is no longer any typical or classical right; every individual colors it their own way. So despite Republicans’ control of all the levels of government, they continue to fight amongst themselves and make no headway in their agenda. Because they can’t even agree on the agenda. Nagle takes an entire chapter to deconstruct the character Milo Yiannopoulos, who embodies all the contradictions in one neat package. The feeling you’re left with is that barriers to entry need to at least exist. Today, the internet offers equal time and space to every flavor of hate and ignorance going.Nagle doesn’t go far enough. Unsaid is that all of her characters have one thing in common: a tiny bit of power. It is easier to wield negative power than positive power, so they armchair jockey hatred, and laugh at their own cruelty. It is ignorant and outrageous, and that is the whole point. It is a deadly combination of too much time and too little future. The other thing unsaid is that it is infinitesimal. Almost none of the characters has real fame, much less popularity or value. They are their own audience, insignificant in the scheme of things. The occasional Milo is a shooting star than soon fades to black. I look forward to Nagle leveraging her talents into a deeper examination of a heavier issue. This is a terrific intro.David Wineberg

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