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Metapolitics, Algorithms and Violence: New Right Activism and Terrorism in the Attention Economy

Ico Maly

Metapolitics, Algorithms and Violence argues that we need a more fine-grained approach to understand contemporary far-right violence - an approach that takes language and cultural production in a digital economy seriously.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Nov 1st, 2023
  • Pages: 330
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.81in - 1.45lb
  • EAN: 9781032254739
  • Categories: History & Theory - GeneralConspiracy Theories

About the Author

Ico Maly is Associate Professor of Digital Media & Politics and coordinator of the Digital Culture Studies master track at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, editor-in-chief of Diggit Magazine and senior fellow at FRAN (Far-right Analysis Network).

Praise for this book

'Maly has emerged in recent years as one of the most intrepid venturers into the dark territories of the digital. In this book, he dissects the dangerous imbrications among digital cultures, algorithmic infrastructures, and the violence of the radical right. This is an urgent warning and a necessary reckoning for everyone who has the future of democracy and humanism at heart.'

Emiliano Treré, Reader in Data Agency and Media Ecologies, School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC), Cardiff University, UK; Co-director of the Data Justice Lab; author of Hybrid Media Activism (2019)

'In this highly insightful and wide-ranging study, Maly lays out the crucial role that discourse plays in creating the environment that produces far-right violence. Maly's analysis tracks how social media and digital communications technology, along with the cultural practices that have grown up around them, facilitate the production and circulation of this discourse, and how this interplay of extremist ideologies and digital affordances has led to the evolution of a new form of metapolitics which transforms our understanding of far-right activism. For anyone wishing to understand how extremist ideas achieve such disturbing purchase in contemporary mainstream society, this book is essential reading.'

Philip Seargeant, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, Open University, UK