Researchers from Macquarie and Victoria Universities have published the first study mapping the online activity of right-wing extremists in New South Wales.
The study, titled “Mapping Networks and Narratives of Online Right-Wing Extremists in New South Wales”, is very boring. They use words like “takeaways”, “stakeholders” (Zzzzzzzz), and even though it took years to put together all they’ve done is screenshotted images and run automated keyword scraping queries on sites like Gab, Twitter, Reddit, 4 and 8 chan, looking for bad people using bad words.
Then they produced (keyword?) graphics like this (click it):
These right wing extremists on Twitter evidently “like” and “want” and “think” an awful lot of the time. But then we find out that the Gab people are also liking, wanting, and even thinking. HELLO, is anyone home? You can filter out the common verbs you know. The takeaway on this is that we may be able take solace in the knowledge that a lot of our enemies don’t seem to be very bright.
It gets marginally more interesting when instead of vomiting out any word in the dictionary they look at hashtags only:
It’s just mainly normal politics terms, the only “right wing” ones are Qanon, YellowVestsSydney, theirabc, theboltreport, some others (we don’t know what WWG1WGA means exactly and are determined to never find out), and they’re not “extremist” things at all. The authors state that offensive terms have been “redacted” from the Gab sample, which makes the whole thing pointless.
Now we’re getting there, if you look closely enough you will see the magical ones like Jews, white, Muslim, black, Trump. There’s still a lot of liking going on. Also getting.
Now they go off on a weird screenshotting Trump tangent:
Yes we’re noting the centrality of the Game of Thrones FONT and it truly is fascinating whichever one of you sweethearts that brain farted it out. We need to smash our education system to pieces, rebuild it and make classical Latin compulsory for preppies, or something, because whatever our ancestors did has to be better than this.
The right wing extremism is off the charts on this one, once you go down the rabbit hole of anti-corruption there’s no coming back.
They took it out of context, and it’s about Trump. It’s just embarrassing.
The following is posted as an example of how right wing Twitter extremists avoid getting banned, when they want to say things that are
anti-elite, anti-democratic, racist and anti-Semitic
Clearly these people are not only denying the holocaust, but demanding, in their clever, oblique way, a real one. Or it’s just “anti-elite” without the anti-semitism? Anti-elite is right wing extremism? Whatever kind of extremism it is is so cunningly well hidden, that… well you find it please. The last two comments are an attack on the right-wing think tank Institute of Public Affairs, and the only real people who attack that are ABC watching leftoids.
At this stage everyone is thinking these people wouldn’t know extremism if it slapped them in the face, but what they’ve been working towards is the thorny issue of Brenton Tarrant and the Christchurch massacre, which is where they get onto the chans. While according to this study Victoria is the hotbed of extremist right wingery in Australia (it’s a mystery) Tarrant was from NSW, and there is a lot of this stuff:
If you are reading this then you are probably going to have some sympathy for how Tarrant felt, while recognising what he did as a mistake, and a big one. We may have him to thank for this execrable study, for one thing. We don’t know who these people on the cesspit chans are or what they’re doing; if they are sincere or whatever, but they are not to be taken seriously and not one in a million is going to do what Tarrant did. How many chan posters in America are armed to the teeth, and yet they don’t do anything.
The winners make the rules and we’re currently on the losing team, and we’ll have to deal with that and behave accordingly. There are plenty of people today, let’s take many of the men who helped found the state of Israel as an example – murderous ruthless extremists – who are celebrated by their people, some even became Prime Ministers and won Nobel Peace Prizes, because they were on the winning side. Right or wrong, it is what it is. They had a very motivated swathe of the population (crucial) who supported them, and we probably don’t have that, and it can seem hopeless. As hopeless as things do seem, they may turn someday, but if they do it won’t be because of some random bloke shooting at people. There may be violence someday, but it’ll likely just happen, seemingly out of nowhere, and in God’s good time.
The authors of the study, from the visages of which we can take some solace in that we are clearly dealing with some very unimpressive mentally straitjacketed, banal, bought and paid for occupation government functionaries toadying for some scraps. May they be on the losing side some day.