Originally Posted by Persephone The Dread
I don't think making people aware of it will reduce the violence mind you, might even increase it if it comes in the form of media reporting.
The only people who can do anything about it are people who have a lot of influence over culture which is:
The government, large technology companies, new media personalities, anyone who feels like culture hacking chan sites or random Discord communities etc.
The biggest opportunity for changing online environments is via Discord and 4chan since YouTube have ****ed everyone with their algorithms which promote extremist viewpoints since 2015.
Making people more aware of it means that more people with influence over culture will become aware of it and more people without that influence will be motivated to gain influence for the purposes of fighting it. Awareness can also lead to individuals being inoculated to far right views.
I've recently taken to Twitter and will be linking it with my own YouTube content soon with the purpose of fighting disinformation more generally. I also hope to create a blog and perhaps even a write a book someday. Disinformation is after all considered to be one of the top 3 existential threats
facing the world according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Basically the relevant phenomenon we are fighting against in this instance is identitarian metapolitics.
"Identitarian metapolitics focuses on shifting the accepted topics, terms, and positions of public discussion so as to create a social and political environment more open and potentially accepting, of its ideology." - Hope Not Hate
The reprehensible violent extremist activities of far right groups should be exposed far and wide as quickly as possible before it leads to attacks, as it creates "bad optics" for them. Now you might wonder, "well wouldn't any attacks create bad optics for them?", but it's not so simple. What these groups hope to do is walk a fine line between inspiring further violent action while maintaining the appearance of legitimacy for their views (or views that tend to progress towards their views) so that they can continue to radicalise others.
Exposing the more extreme side of their politics is not enough, however. A more comprehensive effort needs to be made to discredit the intellectual bankruptcy and bigotry that increasingly exists within many right wing circles, while providing a coherent alternative path out of it for those that are vulnerable to radicalisation.