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Recent years have seen a revival of the heated culture wars of the 1990s, but this time its battleground is the Internet. On one side the alt-right ranges from the once obscure neo-reactionary and white separatist movements, to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supporting gay libertarian Milo Yiannopolous.

On the other side, a culture of struggle sessions and virtue signaling lurks behind a therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces. The feminist side of the online culture wars has its equally geeky subcultures right through to its mainstream expression.

Kill All Normies explores some of the cultural genealogies and past parallels of these styles and subcultures, drawing from transgressive styles of 60s libertinism and conservative movements, to make the case for a rejection of the perpetual cultural turn.

©2017 Angela Nagle (P)2017 Tantor

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Best book I’ve read this year!!!

A fantastic but harrowing overview of the shitty ways the online cultures that are basically the reason I don’t go on social media any more have shaped the divide we have today.

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distribution, eye-opening

This book illuminates the giant bottomless pit of online horror on the Left and Right

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Glad I'm not under 35

When it was over, I realized I was getting the urge to run a warm bath and slit my wrists -- then I remembered I was an old woman and, for the first time, was thankful for that.

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Surprisingly balanced

If you could sum up Kill All Normies in three words, what would they be?

Smart, well-written, engaging

What did you like best about this story?

The author is generally very fair in presenting people's views (the one exception being Ann Coulter). I like that she is careful to distinguish the alt-right from the "alt-light", and that she doesn't just stick labels on people haphazardly.

What about Mary Sarah’s performance did you like?

She is a talented reader with an excellent voice. However, the recording quality is not the best, and her elegant British accent somewhat clashes with the down 'n dirty American subject matter.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's not that kind of book, but it did make me much more sympathetic to the feminists involved in the Gamergate controversy.

Any additional comments?

Before reading this book, I thought Tumblr was a dating app, and the only thing I knew about 4chan was that they were responsible for replacing Shia Labeouf's he-will-not-divide-us flag with a MAGA hat. I've never been a part of any internet subculture, and I never hit the "like" button unless it's for a Goodreads review. Therefore, I'm sure I found KILL ALL NORMIES a lot more informative than would most people my age.

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engaging and topical

it is a window into a private internet world. keeps your attention the whole time.

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Excellent and Thoughtful Insight

This is a great and well sourced and research assessment of a world where most people don’t really know exist but from time to time it’s spills over into the world of the Normies with truly detrimental results.

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I as a leftist admire this criticism of leftism

A great and rigorous analysis of current trends, an intellectually honest critique of the identetarian segments of the modern left. Truly worth your time.

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A brief history of recent events

This was a useful overview of recent culture events in a very narrow scope. The authors reading of Nietzche is questionable, and her conclusions re: disdain for basics and normies sound like a poser apologia, but otherwise a useful book.

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Utterly Enlightening

This book provides a refreshing and enlightening view of both the internet right and the internet left as deeply flawed in their own unique ways, and traces the history of how their interactions with one another have fueled each other's intensifying tribalism and disgust of the other. It adds subtlety and nuance to what has previously been a quite simplistic discussion on the left of how Trump won and how to properly understand various facets of conservative culture.

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top kek. much wow.

meme god lifestyle rising on the fringes of fleshbound misery. very nice articulation of the above

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  • 11-10-17

Excellent summary

A well researched and enjoyably presented look into the sources of the alt right. Looking forward to listening through a second time to pick up on things that I might have missed first time around.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-18

An antidote to political schism

An attempt to crawl from the depressing sludge which is consuming us all. A book to be cited.

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  • Tony
  • 11-09-17

Very interesting

Found this a fascinating insight into an area I don't really understand and feel I can no longer ignore.
Also narrator's style and cadence really suited the content.

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  • 10k
  • 02-26-18

Enjoyable and thought provoking

What made the experience of listening to Kill All Normies the most enjoyable?

Nagle delved into some interesting topics in a way that proved she actually knew what she was talking about. I grew up on 4chan, tumblr and other internet hellholes. She's not writing as many outsiders to the world do.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill All Normies?

A few references she made to other texts sent me down rabbit holes; Fisher, Haidt and a few others.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Some moments of the reading were a little jarring - not sure if that was down to the editing or not.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As someone who I'd assumed to be firmly on the left, she slams the online left. It was good to reflect on some of these ideals held by my peers.