Harpers | 12.12.18
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.”