The other Trumpians

This erudite article does a great job at describing the rise and rise of the 4chan imageboard (the fatherland of internet memes) and the identities wound up with it, explaining that these man-boys are supporting Trump for other reasons:

Trump supporters voted for the con-man, the labyrinth with no center, because the labyrinth with no center is how they feel, how they feel the world works around them. A labyrinth with no center is a perfect description of their mother’s basement with a terminal to an endless array of escapist fantasy worlds.
The left should stop expecting Trump’s supporters to be upset when he doesn’t fulfill his promises.
Support for Trump is an acknowledgement that the promise is empty.

Along the way, Dale Beran references Bukowski, Borges, and Barbara Ehrenreich. He has a subtle understanding of memes and the unresolved feelings of the community he describes. He also sheds light on what Milo Yiannopoulus (Breitbart technology editor) represents to this bitter cluster of disenfranchised, self-identified losers. He does a good job at talking about what sexual desire and gender have to do with 4chan and Trump.

In a lot of ways, 4chan is a foretaste of what the frustrated, jobless masses may be up to in a post-work world in which most people are economically and militarily useless to nation states/people in power. Yuval Noah Harari likes to say that they will be pacified with computer games and drugs. The recent election cycle in the United States, with the spiteful mobilization of 4chan identities and the sophisticated profiling of Cambridge Analytica towards Trump, seems to provide good material for guessing at what a big data, jobless future will look like.

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