06-11 Digital Fruits, Conservative Roots: Contextualizing Right-Wing Folklore Online

Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Galleria II

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Robert Glenn Howard (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Whitney Phillips (University of Oregon)

Forum participants:

Jesse A. Fivecoate (Indiana University)

Andrew Peck (Miami University)

Whitney Phillips (University of Oregon)

Megan L. Zahay (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

In an orchard, fruits and roots are fundamentally entangled; you can’t have one without the other. This forum will explore the tangled network of contemporary vernacular rightwing digital discourse. Each panelist will focus on a specific right-wing folkloric phenomenon and the communities where it emerges. The panelists will discuss how network dynamics, technological affordances, and financial incentives intersect with the underlying cultural logics and imaginaries of right-wing perceptions of deviance, liberal threat, and institutional distrust. The discussion will highlight the unseen structures that help contextualize, and indeed give rise, to right-wing folklore today.