Digital Communities

Some Things Never Change: An Interactive Guide to Online Indoctrination

Abstract
White supremacy and its values are not new, but the ways they recruit are ever-changing. These communities have found places to thrive online and shrouded in anonymity, have developed new and sinister ways of attracting new members to their ideology. While it is certainly an uncomfortable topic, it is important to understand how these groups work, recruit and communicate with one another in order to understand how to quell their activity and influence. Through a combination of server data, personal indoctrination stories and academic studies, this interactive fiction project will seek to make the tactics employed by white supremacists clear and easily understood by allowing the player to experience the deterioration of relationships encouraged in white supremacist groups.
About the Author
Meghan Boisjoli

As a long term academic, Meghan has dabbled in many topics over the years including critical theory, English Literature and sound production, and the MDM program encouraged her to combine her fasciation with online hate groups and critical skills. Though she was never expecting to commit a year of her life to studying the online extreme right, the rapidly changing world pushed her to combine her skills to create something the mainstream discourse was missing: a thorough, but compassionate understanding of how the online right recruits and creates new extremeists. Outside of her academic life, she is an assistant brewer and beer educator at Halo Brewery. The balance between interests is often hard to strike, but Meghan finds it necessary to stay invigorated, passionate and excited about all her endavours.

About the Project
Some Things Never Change

White Supremacy Symptoms
MY NEONORMAL STORY
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COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected many research projects, but it was the subsequent civil unrest, whose momentum and intensity has been facilitated by so many people being out of work, that added a certain urgency to my work. While conversations around police brutality, abolition and racism become more mainstream, what was once seen as alarmist research into the alt-right is now being seen as relevant and even urgent. I hope that this cultural shift to heavy, important conversations makes my work less isolating to people who are unaccustomed to the ugly underbelly of the internet.