Hate Speech in the Information Age

  • Adam Klein


Chapter 3 introduces a theoretical foundation to illustrate how the Internet’s unique properties allow subversive social movements to legitimize their causes through a borrowed network of associations. Klein’s theory of information laundering demonstrates how the constructs of cyberspace—primarily search engines, political blogs, and social networks—can unwittingly take an illegitimate currency—hate speech—and transform it into what is rapidly becoming an accepted form of web-based knowledge. The section further explores how an online information seeker can unknowingly find their way into hate dens that have been designed to appear as educational, political, scientific, and even spiritual in nature.


Search Engine Federal Communication Commission News Story Hate Speech Conspiracy Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Klein
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  1. 1.Department of Communication StudiesPace UniversityNew York City, NYUSA

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