Week of July 23, 2018

A few things of note from around the Internet this week… Deranged The story behind the unraveling of Lane Davis, alt-right troll. The part about the content creators not realizing that people take them seriously was enlightening. I went to try to find some answers about Lane. I discovered that his life leading up to the killing — isolated, dependent, resentful, and ruled by the perverse incentives of internet content production — has much to tell us about the kind of man for whom the new fringes of American life are most dangerous. In his room, online, as a combatant in an endless culture war, Lane found what had eluded him everywhere else in life: a sense of purpose. And then something happened that threatened to take it all away.

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