The Open Intelligence Lab (OILab) is an Amsterdam-based collective of interdisciplinary researchers. Its efforts concern the scrutiny of (new) political cultures on digital platforms. It attempts to do so by conducting both empirical research, based on digital methods, as well as qualitative research into the history of political thought and the cultural manifestation of political movements. Through combining both ends, the results are often academic in nature, but can also be somewhat artistic. Since data is the new oil, OILab strives to ‘extract’ this source to make sense of new forms of politics in the digital sphere.
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Publication: “Post-Truth Protest: How 4chan Cooked Up the Pizzagate Bullshit”
We published a scholarly article in M/C Journal on the origins and dynamics of the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, in which a wildly speculative narrative was constructed about a secret child sex ring led by Democrat officials. This conspiracy, as is argued, was enabled by the affordances of 4chan, that stimulate a “butterfly effect” of bullshit. […]
Marc Tuters on Post-Truth at the Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek [Dutch]
Marc Tuters of OILab joined a conference panel organised by the Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek and IMMovator, together with journalist Joris Luyendijk and writer/Internet-sceptic Evgeny Morozov. Tuters touched upon the merging dynamics between Internet memes and post-truth politics, forming vehicles for political propaganda. In doing so, Tuters claims the meme-culture of these online right-wing movements […]
OILab in the VPRO Gids [Dutch]
One of the main Dutch public broadcasters, VPRO, featured an article in their magazine with comments from Marc Tuters of OILab. It raises questions on 4chan’s current culture as a cultic milieu, and how to consider the humorous politics of Kekistan, a fake country dedicated to trolling campaigns targeting identity politics. “Wat is de voedingsbodem […]
OILab’s Meme Research Featured in De Correspondent [Dutch]
OILab’s research on thematising memes was featured in an article by De Correspondent, an online platform for investigative journalism. In the Digital Methods Initiative’s 2018 winter school, Sal Hagen from OILab, together with a group of researchers, classified memes from 4chan/pol/ as related to specific themes. The research is written up on the DMI website. […]
OILab on fluter: “Why Trump fans stay loyal to the President” [German]
Marc Tuters was interviewed for a piece on fluter.de – “Warum die Trump-Fans dem Präsidenten weiter treu bleiben.” It features a discussion on the dynamics of the content aggregator Reddit, and how it enables r/The_Donald as a hub for pro-Trump activity. Read the text here (German). Read the text in English (translated by Google Translate).
Research on Pizzagate featured in De Correspondent [Dutch]
OILab’s original research on the birth of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, conducted during the Digital Methods Initiative‘s Winter School 2018, has been featured in an article by Dimitri Tokmetzis in De Correspondent. Read the article here. Read the original research report here.