Tara McPherson "Platforming Hate: The Internet and the Rise of Hate Online" On Tuesday's Access Utah

Oct 1, 2019

Courtesy polymathic.usc.edu

USC Professor Tara McPherson recently gave a lecture in the Tanner Talk series at USU titled "Platforming Hate: The Internet and the Rise of Hate Online." In her talk Professor McPherson examined the ways in which platforms like Discord, Reddit, YouTube, and Facebook are used by various groups to spread hate and white supremacy both on- and off-line. She detailed the active recruitment of white teenage boys in online environments and considered the relationship of these more recent developments to the early digital presence of neo-confederates on the web more than twenty years ago. And she argued that the internet has changed in key ways that help support the spread of white supremacy online.