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NYT artcle: Caleb Cain was a college dropout looking for direction. He turned to YouTube.


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https://www.nytimes....tcore-ios-share
 

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. — Caleb Cain pulled a Glock pistol from his waistband, took out the magazine and casually tossed both onto the kitchen counter.

“I bought it the day after I got death threats,” he said.

The threats, Mr. Cain explained, came from right-wing trolls in response to a video he had posted on YouTube a few days earlier. In the video, he told the story of how, as a liberal college dropout struggling to find his place in the world, he had gotten sucked into a vortex of far-right politics on YouTube.

“I fell down the alt-right rabbit hole,” he said in the video.

Mr. Cain, 26, recently swore off the alt-right nearly five years after discovering it, and has become a vocal critic of the movement. He is scarred by his experience of being radicalized by what he calls a “decentralized cult” of far-right YouTube personalities, who convinced him that Western civilization was under threat from Muslim immigrants and cultural Marxists, that innate I.Q. differences explained racial disparities, and that feminism was a dangerous ideology.


The article discusses how the algorithms companies like Google (YouTube) and Facebook use fan the flames. The far-right quickly takes advantage of any algorithm tweak to get their message out there.
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Although I consider myself someone who is against the alt left agenda to quash free speech under a mask of righteousness I do agree that the media in general are starting fights stepping back and watching the whole thing with a grin.

I've heard stories of journalists with a 'Want to watch the world burn' mentality and are treating the political landscape like an episode of Jerry Springer, they don't care about the fallout they just want to start fights.



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Man, this reads like an old person who doesn't know technology researches youtube for the first time. Old media really is fucking slow. Still, my boy Olly got in the NYT. 


Outlook's secret song of the ~week: https://youtu.be/bE_UDATn42E




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