Saturday, August 03, 2019

CBS video on El Paso incident motive


I won’t make my own coverage of the events in El Paso today melodramatic.

CBS has the best video so far on possible motive and the role of Internet radicalization (if that is mainly what happened; it may not be.) 


I have seen the four pages on Twitter of what is believed to be the perpetrator’s “manifesto”.  This entry would probably have been deleted by now.

The last page has tactical information that would be incitement and illegal under US law.

The other pages are familiar “replacement” ideology, but make a curious reference to “dirty work” and elitism that admittedly was an issue for me when I was younger.

In sum, this document has the stamp of both the far Left and far Right.

Here is the Southern Poverty Law Center’s description (not that SPLC is always accurate). 
  
The Internet radicalization of some people (besides the chan sites, even on major social media sites and YouTube, despite all the de-platformings and censorship controversies) seems to come from the business model (clickbait) that drives the Internet.  This is very disturbing.

Later this evening the New York Times offered a more detailed discussion in an article by Tim Arango et al.


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