Kars's Reviews > Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right
This book pairs surprisingly well with Surveillance Valley. Nagle argues there is nothing inherently liberatory about transgressive cultural production, just like Levine in Surveillance Valley argues there is nothing inherently good about the internet as a technology. Nagle takes no prisoners and is equally dismissive of the identitarian left (or Tumblr left, as she aptly dubs it). She calls for the invention of something truly new, and seems to suggest there is something to be salvaged from the more old-school materialist position. I'm sympathetic to this view, and I can only salute her for creating such a thorough field guide to what a new new left (sic) is going up against online. My only gripe would be that the writing seems rushed in places, and the editing somewhat shoddy. A shame, really, because this is a good read.
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