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Patrick Stegemann (Germany)

The Mechanisms of Alt-Right Digital Propaganda in Germany

All over Europe extreme right-wing movements are gaining attention and political power. An important battleground for the extreme right is the internet. These movements are not only spreading hate and violence, they are also attempting to use pop culture and social media to create their own “influencers”. Is this surprising? This presentation concludes: not at all. New right-wing movements are using theoretical concepts from Carl Schmitt, Martin Heidegger and even from the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci. Regarding the far-right’s perception of these theories, it is becoming quite clear that the far-right’s tactics for gaining hegemony in discourses in the internet and, ultimately, in Europe’s parliaments are interlinked. This talk aims to reveal how alt-right movements are using Carl Schmitt to gain attention on Instagram.


Patrick Stegemann Patrick Stegemann | © Lorenz Troll Patrick Stegemann is a German journalist and filmmaker. For years he has been investigating the far-right in Germany and its online strategies. His film Lösch Dich about online hate cultures has won several prizes. He works for German public television as a reporter, journalist and format developer. His work focuses on digital communication, the far-right and the digital economy. Stegemann’s first book, co-authored with his colleague Sören Musyal, will be published in early 2020. Die rechte Mobilmachung - Wie rechte Aktivisten im Netz die Demokratie bedrohen (Ullstein/Econ) is an investigation into and analysis of far-right online strategies.