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Dissecting the Alt Right Online: is the ‘Alt Left’ an Invention?


Article by Richard Rogers

The ‘Alt Left’ is a term that could be thought to describe the loose movement of anti-fascists (Antifa) and others opposed to the rising ‘Alt Right’, especially in the US but also in Europe. Or does it? Through a news and social media analysis, we found strong indications that the Alt Left as such is ‘fake’ or faux. Trump supporters have succeeded in creating a fictional anti-public, the Alt Left, associating it with violence, as a form of moral equivalency to the Alt Right after Charlottesville, and mainstreaming it in the news.


Read the article in Monitor, Global Intelligence on Racism


View the video summary, "Alt Left", really?


Prof. Richard Rogers
Media Studies
University of Amsterdam


Just out:
R. Rogers (2019), Doing Digital Methods, London: Sage.