OILab – 4chan/Wikipedia

OILab – 4chan/Wikipedia

researchers:

Emilija Jokubauskaité (UvA)

Marc Tuters (UvA)

Partha Das (UvA)

Sal Hagen (UvA)

project link: OILab

 

research question: How can Wikipedia hyperlinks render legible the epistemic space of antagonistic Web communities?

 

4chan/Wikipedia is a collection of Wikipedia links extracted from around 9 million 4chan/pol/ posts captured during the summer of 2016, a period referred to by some internet trolls as “The Great Meme War”.

 

Known to be a hub for online shitposting, many also consider the 4chan/pol/ imageboard as one of the homes of the alt-right movement that championed the insurgent rise of Donald Trump to the US presidency.

 

By searching through Wikipedia titles shared by commenters on 4chan/pol/, as well as the original comments in which those links were mentioned, 4chan/Wikipedia thus offers a glimpse into the intellectual debates of a marginal internet subculture that has had outsized impact in the current culture war – or at least imagines itself so.