5 Things To Read Today

5TtRT: Radicalization

If you only read one of these articles today, you need to make it this one: “This Is How We Radicalized The World.”

Yes, yes, I know, it’s “on BuzzFeed,” they just do stupid listicles.

Stop. It’s on BuzzFeed News. BuzzFeed’s news product is separate from the listicles and quizzes. It’s a legit news organization doing some extremely good reporting. And you need to read the article linked above, this one, right now.

Chances are, by now, your country has some, if not all, of the following. First off, you probably have some kind of local internet troll problem, like the MAGAsphere in the US, the Netto-uyoku in Japan, Fujitrolls in Peru, or AK-trolls in Turkey. Your trolls will probably have been radicalized online via some kind of community for young men like Gamergate, Jeuxvideo.com (“videogames.com”) in France, ForoCoches (“Cars Forum”) in Spain, Ilbe Storehouse in South Korea, 2chan in Japan, or banter Facebook pages in the UK.


BuzzFeed News, “This Is How We Radicalized The World”

Here’s the other four things you should read today.

Look, I know this shit is exhausting. The problems are piling up faster than we can deal with them. It seems like we’re never going to make a dent in this mess.

But eyes on the prize, people. We are making a dent. We are succeeding at this. We were never going to fix this quickly. It’s going to take years. But it can be done. It will be done.

“The arc of history is long,” etc. We’re going to win this. We just have to persevere.