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media made nazis

Milo sings "America the Beautiful" while Richard Spencer does a Nazi salute

E a história faz-se de littles e big shifts, como a que Joseph Bernstein publicou no início deste mês no Buzzfeed. Long read para um fim de tarde em fim-de-semana chuvoso no tópico de media made nazis.

Vale bem a pena, demasiados excertos para destaque e esta pérola é a mais perversa que podemos deixar aqui como teaser:

  • Milo Yiannopoulos:
    “Congrats chief”
  • Steve Bannon:
    “u mean ‘condolences’”
  • Milo Yiannopoulos:
    “I admire your sense of duty (seriously)”
  • Steve Bannon:
    “u get it.”

Para compreenderem a significância dessa troca de mails, leiam a peça: esse diálogo não aconteceu quando o Trumpas despediu o Banas, mas quando este aceitou trabalhar para o outro. Também não nos passa em branco que a educação do Milo na Breitbart tenha acontecido enquanto editor da secção tech.

A nossa entrada é dupla: da já mencionada reportagem, e desta chegámos a outra de 2015, uma época a anos-luz do presente. Da sua importância: porque já então e antes do Trumpas se tornar o novo padrão aponta-se uma tendência que poucos adivinhariam (*): tech, nazis, (contra) contra-cultura pop.

* E nisto de adivinhar o futuro é daquelas bandeirinhas vermelhas que se levantam nas nossas teses.

In 2015 it became clear, that various reactionary forces have coalesced into a larger, coherent counterculture, [que] combines age-old racist and sexist rhetoric with bleeding-edge meme culture and technology. It unites two equally irrepressible camps: the threatened white men of the internet and the "I have no soul" lulzsters.

When we think of countercultures, we typically think of left-leaning ones: hippies, beats, radical punks, even the dreaded hipsters, whatever they were. But as mainstream culture has evolved and as mainstream internet media has gravitated towards identity content, it is not completely surprising that a reactionary culture would arise to oppose it. And like any counterculture, this one has developed its own social norms, accepted truths, sense of humor, methods of communications, and even terminology.

This racist, reactionary, offense-embracing, meme-savvy internet is not simply a disparate collection of ravings from immature and bitter young men with too much time on their hands. Rather it is a flourishing protest culture, indeed a coherent counterculture, created in response to the growing ethnic and gender diversity of contemporary media and pop culture and to the incursion of identity groups into previously homogenous digital spaces.
in "In 2015, The Dark Forces Of The Internet Became A Counterculture" 23 dez 2015

E onde voltam a raspar as teses.
Genérico, as ferramentas com que se propõem ao assalto:

In its own specific way, taken on its own terms, much of this counterculture can be read as satire: morally indignant storytelling that uses exaggeration and humor for shock value to ridicule contemporary culture - after all, comes in part from the most intensely ironic places on the internet.
in "In 2015, The Dark Forces Of The Internet Became A Counterculture" 23 dez 2015

Entrando em detalhes, a peça termina com exemplo. Registem senhores:

The logical next step, so angry with the infiltration of popular culture by others, is to make its own entertainment.
in "In 2015, The Dark Forces Of The Internet Became A Counterculture" 23 dez 2015

Falam-nos de banda desenhada.


nazi comics: surely for kids

Christ Chan battles to keep New Bethlehem free of blacks, gays, atheists, and the fearsome Jew King. Her weapon is a katana; her insignia, the swastika. You won’t find it on Facebook or here on BuzzFeed, but The Adventures of Christ Chan is shared daily on the chans. It’s not quite Star Wars, but it’s a start.
in "In 2015, The Dark Forces Of The Internet Became A Counterculture" 23 dez 2015

Senhores... segunda vez que a propósito do Bannon e máfia falamos de BD cruzado a tech-web - do Milu, perdão, Milo, aqui.

E porque as entrelinhas são sempre tão dignas de registo como o conteúdo que nos acode, duas notas adicionais no autor. Primeiro, jornalista que faz da exposição de nazis o seu beat, ele próprio filho de um "caçador de nazis":

His father was a lawyer for the Department of Justice whose job was to find and deport Nazi war criminals.
in "The beat reporter behind BuzzFeed’s blockbuster alt-right investigation" 17 out 2017

Relevante porque o Bernstein filho não tece equiparações a Bernstein pai quando diz que:

There isn’t much of a connection to be made there. He had to convince a government or a judge, and I just have to convince my editors.
in "The beat reporter behind BuzzFeed’s blockbuster alt-right investigation" 17 out 2017

O autor downplays a sua responsabilidade, mas cremos que há a possibilidade de uma leitura em sentido inverso, uma que se pode depreender da primeira história mencionada neste registo de hoje: a desvalorização do Estado, substituído em importância pelos (novos) media (sociais). Senhores...

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