Online ‘hide and seek’ – the politics of the internet

I was exercised by the contradictory claims that link the internet to radicalism even before I read Evan Roth talking about White Glove Tracking – perhaps the most spurious claim to a radical practice I’ve ever come across. Recently my son Oliver has revived my puzzlement as to just how we sort out the contradictions, the games of hide and seek, involved in such claims.
A response to ‘The Suicide of Venezuela’; Or what happens when you find out a little bit about the author of something you read on the internet is a post in which he unpicks the claims made by a ‘playwright’ commenting on politics – who turns out to be anything but a playwright – and is well worth reading, both for what it tells us about online political comment and, indeed, the situation in Venezuela.

Now that lying is an openly accepted form of politic al ‘spin’ – Donald Trump and Boris Johnson exemplify this, although they’re by no means alone – it seems we will be forced to spend more and more time doing what Oliver did if we want to find out what is really going on.