Hate in the Open
This chapter focuses on extremism that has surfaced through mainstream websites, like Twitter and YouTube, where contributors are disinhibited to express themselves in ways they never would in the real world. Whether it is a political blog that takes on a mob-like mentality, or a pop culture forum that entertains racist rants, intolerance of this sort is alarming for its ability to intermix with the traditional content and inspire imitations. Klein examines two trends to develop from this environment. The first is the use of social networks as a platform for fanatic individuals to post manifestos before committing violent acts. The second is the recruitment capacity of social media, being exploited by terror groups wishing to release promotional videos and reach impressionable audiences.