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ICSR Report Launch – Memetic Irony and the Promotion of Violence Within Chan Cultures, January 26th

ICSR Report Launch – Memetic Irony and the Promotion of Violence Within Chan Cultures, January 26th
12th January 2021 ICSR Team
In Seminars

Where: Online
When: Tuesday January 26th, 5.30pm GMT / 12.30pm ET

This event will launch a report co-authored by ICSR Research Fellows Blyth Crawford and Florence Keen with Guillermo Suarez de-Tangil. This report was first published by the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST).

Several violent far-right attacks in recent years have revealed an apparent connection with ‘chan culture’, not just in the tangible examples of attackers uploading manifestos, final messages, and live streams to chan sites themselves, but in the widespread community support exhibited in some corners of this online subculture where violence is both trivialised and glorified.

In this report, the authors sought to understand how the visual culture of chan sites was contributing to, and/or encouraging violent discourse. To do this, they combined quantitative data scraping, ethnography, and visual analysis across 12 chan sites ranging in popularity between March and June 2020, in addition to conducting 12 interviews with experts over this period.

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