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Trolls, Hackers, Anons. Conspiracy Theories in the Peripheries of the Web
Conspiracy theories permeate through every level of theWeb. The semiotic features of this medium lead to mistrust, misunderstanding, and aberrant interpretations entailing a mythological approach to meaning. The essay investigates the elations between conspiracy theories and the semiotic features of a peculiar area of the Web: its peripheries. In particular, the essay focuses on the so–called “A-culture”, hosted in the boards of sites such as 4chan and 8chan. In order to study the semiotic dynamics that promote the rise of conspiracy theories, the essay singles out a particularly challenging case study: the violentWeb dispute about video games and feminism, known as #GamerGate.
pagine: 387-408
DOI: 10.4399/978885489931523
data pubblicazione: Giugno 2016
editore: Aracne