By Sterre Meijer
In 2017, the majority of the internet is a cesspool of online trolls with a bone to pick. Gravitating towards the social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, trolls have long since used the internet to satisfy “a bizarre habit of impulsively hurting others online, without consequence” . However, over the course of the past year, internet trolls elevated their message from the fringes of the internet into mainstream culture. And the consequences can be seen everywhere.
According to Alice Marwick et al. , alt-right consist mainly of a large group of internet trolls who’ve emerged from their online platforms to form an organized political group operating in physical space. Informed by the racist, homophobic, anti-feminist, and nationalist narrative of modern-day online trolls, the alt-right has gained a massive following among young men who feel “victimized and disenfranchised by mainstream society, particularly popular feminism.” Through a unique language of hate, these young men are now empowered to legitimize their inflammatory and corrosive politics in the real world and (worst of all) be heard.
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