The challenges of studying 4chan and the Alt-Right: ‘Come on in the water’s fine’

@article{Colley2022TheCO,
  title={The challenges of studying 4chan and the Alt-Right: ‘Come on in the water’s fine’},
  author={Tom Colley and Martin Moore},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  year={2022},
  volume={24},
  pages={5 - 30}
}
In 2019, the authors led a workshop at King’s College London examining how to study 4chan and assess their association with the Alt-Right. Unbeknownst to the authors, a participant was a 4chan user and started a mid-workshop thread on its notorious /pol/ (politically incorrect) board. It gained significant attention. Reviewing it later, the authors realised that this parallel thread illustrates perfectly the challenges researching 4chan – and similar – communities. We conducted discourse… 

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