From #Gamergate to #Pizzagate: Reddit and the "Alt-Right"

Visiting scholar Adrienne Massanari, PhD, will discuss the 2014 #Gamergate controversy and the rise of the "alt-right" on Reddit.

“In our current moment, when discussions of free speech, harassment, and social network site owners’ responsibility for community moderation are front and center, Massanari’s in-depth study of Reddit is like peering through a lens to examine and raise questions about a much larger world beyond.”

Rachael Sullivan reviews Massarani’s Participatory Culture, Community, and Play: Learning from Reddit 

As part of the “Critical Issues in Cultural Studies: The ‘Forgotten Man’ in the Trump Era” series, UIC Assistant Professor Adrienne Massanari, PhD, will discuss the 2014 #Gamergate controversy and its relation to the rise of the “alt-right” on popular forum site Reddit.

Massanari will examine how Reddit’s web design has allowed for the maturation of “alt-right” ideals, stemming from the site’s technolibertarian ideologies which then bled into a culture of anti-feminism, trolling, and ambivalent humor. 

Massarani is an internet and technology expert, having written on communities within casual MMORPG Second Life, the Wii’s gendered targets, and other topics. She spent three years conducting ethnographic research on Reddit, which she documents in her book Participatory Culture, Community, and Play: Learning from Reddit.

From #Gamergate to #Pizzagate: Reddit and the "Alt-Right"
Thursday, April 26
4-6 p.m.
Collins Hall
624 S. Michigan Ave.