Ep. 88: Video Essayist José on the Youtube Alt Right Pipeline, Journalism Vs. Psuedo-Journalism, & Culture Wars
Reports indicate that YouTube has become a breeding ground for alt right radicalization. How did this powerful platform become a haven for the far-right? Joining us on this edition of Parallax Views to tease out some details that may answer that question is video essayist José. José, whose Youtube videos feature deep-dive critiques of right-wing ideologues like Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, explains how the reactionary turn of the YouTube community goes back to the New Atheist Movement. Additionally, José talks with us a bit about some of the alt right's favorite talking points like social Darwinism and the "white genocide" conspiracy theory in South Africa and the pseudo-journalism of personalities like Lauren Southern. Then José and I turn to the subject of culture wars from Gamergate to the more recent Comicsgate which has found elements of video game and comic book fandom becoming enraged over what they see as a politically-motivated effort to force racial, gender, and sexual diversity onto their favorite media.
Relevant José Video Essays:
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José Talks About His Latest Two-Part Video Essay "Roseanne of the Conners", a Leftist Reading of Roseanne from Its Original Incarnation to the Revival and Reboot