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The Church of the SubGenius Documentary Examines the Cult of a Cult

Long before the internet invaded every aspect of culture, a pair of friends who first bonded over their love of comic books and Captain Beefheart dreamed up “a weird fringe cult specifically for weirdos” that would walk the line between sincerity and parody. Thus, the Church of the SubGenius was born.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How a Bargain-Basement Internet Conspiracy Theorist Rode the QAnon Wave to the Edge of Congress

At an indoor, largely maskless victory party in August, Marjorie Taylor Greene had a message for her detractors. Greene, a bargain-basement conspiracy theorist, had handily won her primary runoff, despite warnings from a handful of spooked Republican activists. In her heavily red corner of Georgia, the nomination…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Twitch Is Winning The Battle Against QAnon, Despite Only Suspending A Few Far-Right Channels

Earlier this month, Twitch temporarily suspended a channel called Patriots’ Soapbox. The channel is not enormous, generally pulling 20-50 concurrent viewers over the course of its 24/7 talk show-style streams, sometimes spiking into the 100 range. But Patriots’ Soapbox is notorious: Some credit the organization behind…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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We Talked to the Hot Firefighter About Debunking Conspiracy Theories, Viral Fame, and Thirsty DMs

Twenty-seven-year-old Michael David Clark had no intention of going viral. The Hawaii-based firefighter’s social media footprint was small and straightforward: An Instagram account featuring scenic landscapes, motorcycles, friends, and, of course, fires. That changed one week ago when he recorded a TikTok “duet”—a… Read more…

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Call Of Duty Trailer Recklessly Promotes Far-Right Conspiracy Theory

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s debut trailer—which has already attracted controversy—gives a lot of airtime to Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov and his views. Views which have, in recent years, become a dangerous rallying cry for far-right conspiracy theories and the people who peddle them.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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She Built a Shady Guru’s YouTube Army. Now She’s His Fiercest Critic—But Who Will Believe Her?

It was May 2015, and the Hotel Surya in Varanasi, India, was hosting “Inner Awakening,” the flagship spiritual training program of Paramahamsa Nithyananda. To his followers, he is a god incarnate, “His Divine Holiness Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam,” the living avatar of Shiva, or, as one devotee put it, “the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Some Of The People During Yesterday’s PS5 Event Were CGI And You Can’t Convince Me Otherwise

While Sony’s PS5 reveal event yesterday was pre-recorded rather than live, it still showed plenty of faces talking about video games. Some people would tell you that all of these faces—which all had the same silky sheen and washed out glow despite recording from seperate rooms—belonged to real people standing in front…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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As Streamers Spread Dangerous Conspiracy Theories, Twitch Does Little To Stop Them

In the past few days, an alarming headline has made the rounds: “Half of Fox News viewers think Bill Gates is using pandemic to microchip them, survey suggests.” This idea is nonsense, of course, but coronavirus conspiracy theories have spread almost like the virus itself across the meticulously calibrated algorithmic…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Dr Disrespect’s Shtick Takes A Dangerous Turn Into Spreading Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

During a stream today, Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm, whose 4 million followers make him one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, shared two pieces of widely debunked coronavirus-related media with his viewers. Many viewers reacted with shock and disappointment. Others cheered him on. He never dropped his facade—never…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Harv In Animal Crossing Is Clearly Running A Cult

Last night in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I unlocked “Harv’s Island.” Harvey is a forgetful dog dressed in cliche hippie clothes: a headband, John Lennon glasses, and a fringe vest. You can fly to his island of Photopia, where you’re able to design sets and pose for photos with others. At least, that’s what Harv […]

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Man Tries to Ram Train Into U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, Doesn’t Even Come Close

Prosecutors say a train derailment in San Pedro near the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday was an intentional attempt to either sink the hospital ship USNS Mercy—which the U.S. military deployed to the region as part of relief efforts—or just crash somewhere near it.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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YouTube’s Plan to Stop Recommending Conspiracy Theory Videos Is Actually Working

The YouTube algorithm is responsible for many a video-viewing rabbit hole—one that critics have pointed to as an effective digital megaphone for spreading wonky conspiracy theories. In January 2019, however, YouTube announced it would begin cracking down on “borderline content” in its recommendations. Well, a new studyRead more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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HA Goodman Loses Debate To QAnon Guy

Over the past few years, the Banter has intermittently covered internet troll HA Goodman, a case study in what happens on the political fringes in America.  Goodman originally wrote hundreds of articles claiming Hillary Clinton would be indicted. Since then, he has evolved (or …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Far Cry 5 Players Hoped The Game Was Changing Seasons, But The Truth Is Different 

Far Cry 5 finally got a new game plus mode last week along with its third and final DLC, a set of brief new zombie missions. The new additions have inspired players, always looking for mysteries in the game’s fictional open world of Hope County, Montana, to desperately search for signs the game may be […]

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The Blood Ritual That Lives on YouTube

Phoebe Rosa Castillo did her first Blood Over Intent ritual in August 2017. Draped in white fabric, the altar in her North Hollywood, Los Angeles apartment featured crystals facing North, a crucible pointing East, a candle to the South, and an arrangement of seashells marking West. Castillo, 27, spent about a month…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: My Depressing Conversation With Matt Taibbi

I’ve long been an admirer of Matt Taibbi’s journalism and writing style — so much so that it helped inspired me to become a writer myself. Early on as a writer, I would read as much of his work as I could, quote him at length in pieces I struggled to find the right words for, […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: Confessions Of Trump Health Truther

Rarely do I ever complain about my work. Frankly, I feel quite lucky that I get to do what I love every day. However, sometimes it’s a lonely job, observing American politics and reporting back to you about what I’m seeing. The specific downside is that I’ll occasionally sift through a series of …Continue reading […]

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A New Theory On The Russian Spy Poisoning Affair: The Neoliberals Did It

Ok, hear me out on this:  Great Britain was in fact behind the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury last month because the UK government is actively trying to foment war with Russia. Why? Because in her weakened state over the Brexit disaster, Theresa May is looking for an …Continue reading Continue Reading at […]

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