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Harpers | 12.12.18

Machine Politics

Becca Lewis

In his analysis of authoritarianism online, Fred Turner cites findings from Data & Society Researcher Becca Lewis’s report, Alternative Influence.

“Rebecca Lewis, a Data & Society researcher who is now a ­PhD student at Stanford, has studied sixty-five such right-wing influencers on ­YouTube. Most are masters of microcelebrity. They brand themselves with care, spark attention-getting controversy wherever possible, link to one another’s websites, appear on one another’s ­YouTube shows, and optimize their video feeds for search engines. Despite their intellectual differences, Lewis points out that they have been able to create the impression that they are a unified political force.”

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