Laughing at the Other: Toward an Understanding of the Alt-Right with Adorno



The core aim of this essay is to arrive at an understanding of the growing appeal of the “Alt-Right” (Alternative Right), a white-supremacist and anti-feminist movement, for young, mostly male, millennials in the United States. It draws on Theodor W. Adorno’s critical theorizing of laughter fabricated by the culture industry to outline the ways in which the Alt-Right uses laughter in its culture industry on the internet to recruit new members to its extremist ideas. It also explains the ways in which laughter connect Alt-Right extremism with Trumpism. To ground the theoretical elaborations with empirical examples, the chapter draws on published in-depth interviews with Alt-Right members.


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  1. 1.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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