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Dear Normie,

Welcome to the Alt-Reality Lexicon wiki. This lexicon of neologisms helps the demystification and clarification of the words used by two prominent online subcultures: the Alt-Right and the Manosphere by translating them from jargon to general language. Both of these groups have had significant roles in recent socio-political developments in Western Society, from the election of President Donald Trump, to the Unite The Right (Charlottesville) Rally, to the Free Speech vs. Political Correctness-debate.

Every key point in the ideology of online subcultures is mirrored in their expressions, their aesthetic, behavior and in their vocabulary. To gain a deeper understanding of the views of the online far-right it is key to be able to understand their language. In order to keep conversing about our differences the lexicon is meant as a door in the walls of the echo chamber to open it up to a broader audience. If you want to be involved don't hesitate to contact me!

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All best,
The Alt-Reality Lexicon



Dear Leftist,

Neo-fascism, misogyny, and extreme right ideologies are cultivated in online forums collaboratively and offline lighter versions of the same ideologies are gaining seats in parliament all over the world. Right-wing ideology is expressed with neologisms in nihilist meta-memes and forum-posts which are rapidly evolving and duplicating. Conservatism and socialism are reformed with new styles of media-usage, propaganda, and focus of ideology.

I personally believe a more extreme left will increase polarization. A strong center-left needs to step up and balance society with careful scrutiny of extremism and by building bridges in order to stop a heavily polarized society from developing further. To understand the online influence on our current political debate and start communicating, it is key to understand the language used. This lexicon is meant to grow into a bridge to close the language gap between normies and the online far-right.

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All best,
The Alt-Reality Lexicon






Dear Pepe,

The right has created quite the impassable forest of online subcultures. A semiotic complexity in which normies will easily get lost.

It probably feels good to be part of a group, to be understood and to have a place where you are accepted. I do think we as a society should discuss the topics you are writing, memeing and marching about. Western Civilization is changing and we do need to decide how we are going to organize our new society. But it has gotten out of hand: the gap between your reality and ours has grown too wide to discuss and solve these issues.

In attempt to bridge that gap this lexicon is, with the help of all kinds of sources, providing a translation of the jargon you created. Starting with the neologisms of those of you who are said to belong to Alt-Right and Manosphere subcultures. All in order to keep conversing about our differences and reach some much needed consensus.

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All best,
The Alt-Reality Lexicon




Why?

Why an Alt Reality Lexicon? In the past two years two online far-right groups have caught the attention of the public eye by influencing a couple of major events in recent history, namely Gamergate, Pizzagate, the election of president Donald Trump and the white nationalist uprising during the Charlottesville rally. The inner workings of these online subcultures could be considered quite hidden as they communicate via forum-posts, memes, blogs and on social media which all require prior knowledge to fathom. The language they use are full of neologisms and a clever use of language in order to dog whistle their stance. To get a deeper understanding of these groups and to break some of the echo chambers these ideologies are cultivated in it is key to understand their jargon.

There are different other online lexicons out there – the most extensive one being the Rational Wiki – but I found that none of them had everything. It was of importance to me to show different definitions from different sources for each term, so the reader would be triggered to compare and understand how different sources have different underlying bias. Also I wanted to create a lexicon which could be used as a database for further development of software. Therefore I started the Alt Reality Lexicon, in the hopes it can grow towards an extended, useful tool. To make that happen I would love more people involved who share my intentions. Are you such a person? Email me!



How

How can you navigate the lexicon? The lexicon is making use of the wiki structure in order to be available as a database, to be able to have a community of multiple editors.

The sidebar on the left helps to navigate to different pages on the wiki. You can find the list of terms under the first "Lexicon" tab. Click on a term to find out its definition, or navigate using the search-bar on the right-side of the page. Every definition has the link of the source of that definition and if available the date of publishing and the author.


Who?

Who is the Alt Reality Lexicon about? At the moment the lexicon provides terms linked to the Alt-Right and the Manosphere. Two subcultures who have created their own reality through strong ideology, identity and language. In the future more Alt Realities might be added.

The Alt-Right is a loosely-connected online subculture of white supremacists, neo-nazis, neo-fascists and other far right-wing subcultures from America and Western Europe.

The Manosphere is an online subculture which feels after three waves of feminism the pendulum has swung too far in favor of women and it has caused unfair policies and regulations, and a deeply unbalanced sexual marketplace. Read more...





Editors

If you would like to be an editor, don't hesitate to write me! We can set up your account and I can give your account the rights to edit.

New term:
After that you can add a term by writing the term on an existing page within brackets, save your edit and click on the link of the term you just created to create a new page. Don't forget to remove the link on the old page after.

 [[term]] 

Add a category to the new page so we can find the term in the index by adding:

 [[category: term]] 
and [[category: alt-right]] 
or [[category:manosphere]] 

New definition:

  1. go to the page of the term and click "edit"
  2. use the following template
{{Definition 

|Source=  (the source, for example Urban Dictionary)

|URL= (the URL of the source of the definition)

|Text=  (past the definition here: cut it out of a larger text if needed, but determine how much context the definition needs)

|Time= (if availabe: the date the author published his or her definition, the format of the source can be held, if not available: x)

|Author= (if available: the original author of the definition, if not available: x)

}}

Developers

If you are a developer interested in building a website, app, add-on, extension you can use the API of this mediawiki to query it. Please write me if you have ideas on how to extend the usability of the content by creating new tools, I would love to be involved!




Events

  • 2018 JULY 08, 13:00: Wiki Editon and workshop! Location TBA!

Do you want to become an editor of this wiki? I would love to build a small but productive community on this platform. There is so much information out there to be processed. On the 2nd of July I will start to open up the platform by initiating a small editon. Want to be part of it? Email me!

  • 2018 JULY 05, 19:00: Launch and presentation at Ubik, WORM Rotterdam, The Netherlands

This lexicon is part of the graduation expo of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and will be presented during the evening on the 5th of July in UBIK, WORM, Rotterdam. The address of UBIK is Boomgaardsstraat 69.























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