19.01.2021 | SIMON STRICK (ZeM Brandenburg / D)
A Creature With Life of Its Own – Medienpraktiken des reflexiven Faschismus / A Creature With Life of Its Own – Fascism as Media Practice
Three days after Trump (along with many other far-right actors) has been banned from digital platforms, the messaging application Telegram registers a record number of 25 million new users in the last 72 hours (now at over 500 million users in total). At the same time, the fascist-facilitating app Parler is deplatformed from major app stores and a courageous hacktivist has released 56 Terabyte of sensitive data from its users, some of which reveals details about the crowd that stormed the Capitol Building in Washington on January 6.This talk will seize this current, confusing and precarious moment, to offer some speculation about the futures of digital fascism and how it might endure and further mutate within digital environments. The visual, media-specific and memetic registers that online activists of the Alternative Right use in their highly effective communication will be discussed. Introducing analytical concepts like „reflexive fascism“, „participatory propaganda“, and „memetic protest“, various figures, memes, and styles of fascist agitation and media practice will be analysed for affect, gender, meanings, and possible intervention points.
Simon Strick is a scholar of Cultural, Media and Gender Studies. He received his phD from Humboldt University with a thesis on pain, sentimentalism and biopolitics; the book American Dolorologies was published with SUNY Press in 2014. He has held positions at Humboldt University, Paderborn University, JFK-Institute Berlin, ZfL Berlin and the University of Virginia. In 2018 he received a grant by the VW-Foundation for his research projekt Feeling (Alt)Right: Affective and Identity Politics of Online Extremism. The monograph Rechte Gefühle: Affekte und Strategien des digitalen Faschismus will be published by transcript in May 2021. He currently works at the ZeM Brandenburg. Together with Susann Neuenfeldt and Werner Türk, he founded the performance group PKRK, which is active in Berlin theatres since 2009.