Angela Nagle is an essayist for The Atlantic, Jacobin and The Baffler. Her best selling book Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right was voted one of the Guardian’s books of the year in 2017 by novelist George Saunders. Slavoj Zizek called it a “dynamite stick packaged as a short book” and she has been praised in the LA Review of Books as “one of the brightest lights in a new generation of left writers and thinkers who have declared their independence from intellectual conformity”.
THE NEW ONLINE CULTURE WARS
From the rise of an internet-fuelled alt-right to the therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces on the left, the new online culture wars are rapidly advancing into what remains of the mainstream media. In this viciously partisan new environment thick with wild conspiracies, anonymous accusations, and the weaponised investigation of one’s political opponents, how should journalism, with its traditional concern for the truth, respond?