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Join us at Bird in Hand to help local author Dale Beran launch his new book It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office.
It Came from Something Awful is a history of counterculture’s collision with technology and politics, specifically online message boards and social media, and even more specifically the infamous otaku cesspool message board, 4chan.org. It tells the sad tale of how the site spawned the left-leaning hacktivist collective Anonymous, then how after all those guys got arrested, the dregs remaining formed into far right gamergaters, incels, and ultimately the alt-right.
It also discusses 4chan’s longstanding rival Tumblr.com, and how that alternative online community came to define a new form of fantasy-inflected identity politics.
Dale Beran is a writer and artist whose work has been published in McSweeney’s, Quartz, The Huffington Post, The Daily Dot, The Nib, and The Baltimore City Paper. His recent article on Medium, 4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump, became a sensation that was shared and recommended by JK Rowling and Marc Maron, among many others. He has a BA in classics from Bard and a JD from Fordham. He lives in Baltimore.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 7:00pm