skitzorat Posted July 28, 2021 Share Posted July 28, 2021 New EU Alert: Having A Sense Of Humor Is Proof You Might Be A Far-Right Terrorist JULY 27, 2021 By Gabe Kaminsky The European Union (EU) released a non-satirical report this week offering that humor, including the sharing of memes, could be a sign your peer is a “far-right extremist.” In partnership with the Radicalisation Awareness Network, an EU-funded group involved with “countering violent extremism” through “surveillance and security,” the European Commission published an 18-page report titled “It’s not funny anymore. Far-right extremists’ use of humour.” “Humour has become a central weapon of extremist movements to subvert open societies and to lower the threshold towards violence,” the report states. “Especially within the context of a recent wave of far-right terrorist attacks, we witness ‘playful’ ways in communicating racist ideologies. …This paper scrutinises how humour functions as a potential factor in terms of influencing far-right extremist violence.” In block quotes on page 5 of the report, it states that “The most potent weapons known to mankind are satire and ridicule.” A significant portion of the EU’s humor document discusses memes and how they are supposedly indicative of right-wing extremism. According to the EU, the far-right “put[s] a lot of time and energy into meme production” to “spread their ideology.” Some of the supposedly racist memes co-opted by extremists that EU references include “Pepe the Frog,” “The Dog meme,” and “the Wojak meme.” For instance, “Pepe the Frog” is said to have been “appropriated” to become “the icon of the alt-right.” In recommendations for approaching such identified extremism, the commission argues for the deplatforming of accounts from social media. There is no direct reference to left-wing extremism and whether individuals who promote radical ideas on all sides of the political aisle ought to face consequences. “Once literacy on the extremist underpinnings of strategic humour is established, the next step is to closely monitor dynamics around far-right meme cultures,” the report states. “Online cultures quickly develop into extremist movements, as seen in the conspiracy cult around QAnon and the anti-government militia in the United States known as the boogaloo movement.” Under the “resources” section at the end of the report, several websites are listed including Urban Dictionary, Tech Against Terrorism, Meme War Weekly, KnowYourMeme, and the CARR Guide to Online Radical-Right Symbols, Slogans and Slurs. The authors are leftists Reem Ahmed, a Ph.D. candidate, and Maik Fielitz, a doctoral fellow studying “far-right movements, digital cultures and online activism.” https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/27/new-eu-alert-having-a-sense-of-humor-is-proof-you-might-be-a-far-right-terrorist/ European Commission’s humour Stasi decided ‘right wing memes' are 'not funny anymore'... so, what are they going to do about them? The European Commission has released a hamfisted attempt to decode the memes and jokes used by the “extreme right.” Unsurprisingly, the Brussels bureaucrats are being ridiculed for their po-faced humorlessness. “Humour activates repressed emotions, releases inhibitions, and enables an immediate and spontaneous exchange of feelings,” read a report by the European Commission released in February but widely shared online in recent days. Humor, the report continues, can influence “changes in perspective,” and increase camaraderie within one’s own group. That’s what makes it dangerous, the report’s authors found. Essentially, they found that right-wing memes are funny, and can therefore seduce viewers into “racist mass violence.” The European Commission’s report at least seems to recognize this, admitting that sometimes it’s better not to argue with the frog-posters, and instead “strategically ignore exaggerated and misleading statements and visual material – and not take the bait.” “Few things play more into far-right activists’ hands like a scandalised and outraged reaction that misses the point entirely,” the report notes. Yet funding and producing a report analyzing the problematic nature of racist jokes seems in itself like “a scandalised and outraged reaction that misses the point entirely.” For one thing, the report implies that online racists are organized like other civil society groups, and that their blend of humor and racism is a top-down decision to convert the youth to extremism. “Recent generations of far-right extremists have chosen transgressive humour and (supposed) satire as central weapons in the fight against liberal democracy,” it notes, missing the point that anonymously-shared memes are by their very nature decentralized: there are no leaders on 4Chan. https://www.rt.com/op-ed/530407-european-commission-racist-memes/ https://www.bitchute.com/video/raTDiJ49lTTl/ https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/default/files/what-we-do/networks/radicalisation_awareness_network/ran-papers/docs/ran_ad-hoc_pap_fre_humor_20210215_en.pdf 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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