Hear What I Hear, See What I See: Relating Extremist Rhetoric to the Communities That Notice It

  • Tom ClarkEmail author
  • Paolo Gerbaudo
  • Ika Willis


The study of rhetoric, throughout its history, has generally focused on production rather than reception. The same applies to studies of extremist political rhetoric. In this context, albeit with some important caveats, social media offers an accessible way to pay closer attention to ‘what people hear’. This chapter will use evidence from Twitter and Facebook to explore what people make of the extremist discourses around them: what they notice, how they understand it, and how they respond to it. It pays particular evidence to examples where communities vilified by extremist rhetoric show an awareness of it and explores the poetics of those responses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Digital Culture and SocietyKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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