Episode

8/22 How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office w/ Dale Beran

Author Dale Beran (@DaleBeran) joins Sam to discuss his new book, “It Came From Something Awful: How A Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office.”

On today’s show: Brian Mier reports on fires in the Amazon, Bolsonaro’s role. Author Dale Beran (@DaleBeran) joins Sam to discuss his new book, “It Came From Something Awful: How A Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office.” The birth of the internet in ’60s counterculture and its descent into nihilism in the neoliberal era. How the Something Awful forums gave birth to 4chan and 8chan. How Gamergate fed the rise of the alt-right, influenced the 2016 election, and impressed Steve Bannon. The widespread alienation feeding the rise of right-wing “YouTube dads” like Jordan Peterson and Stefan Molyneux.

On the fun half: Virgil Texas asks Tulsi if she’s anti-imperialist. (Spoiler alert: she’s not!) Is gun control a bad hill for the Democrats to die on? Trump declines to name his favorite Bible verse. Bernie’s progressive platforms on labor, criminal justice, and the Green New Deal. Trump says he’s looking at taking away birthright citizenship. How to stave off eco-fascism?

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