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The mystery at the heart of young Australians joining the far-right

When it comes to the dangers of online recruitment into the extreme far-right movement, the narrative is a sadly familiar one.
Young people are exposed online to "ironic", reaction-baiting memes featuring coded anti-Semitism, racism and white supremacy. A piece in The Atlantic earlier this year, for example, showed how neo-Nazis had infiltrated the majority-male "brony" fandom of the My Little Pony cartoon.
From such beginnings it progresses, the "jokes" gradually lose any façade of humour, and the unwitting recruit finds themselves enmeshed in an online society that validates and encourages their worst impulses.

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