The Simon Wiesenthal Center has recently been doing some scaremongering over the growing White Nationalist presence on social media websites like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube. According to “Digital Terrorism and Hate 2010,” there has been a 20% increase in “hate-affiliated web pages” over last year. White Nationalist “micro-blogging” is becoming more popular. The New York Times even describes Stormfront as the “old-line media of online racism.”
I found this report interesting because it coincides with my own agenda. Back in October, I said I wanted Occidental Dissent to evolve into a popular multicontributor blog like Lew Rockwell.com. We have since accomplished that goal. It is not an unusual for half a dozen writers to post new content here on any given day. The next goal I have set for OD is to start exploiting social media to get our message out. We already have a ton of new readers finding us through Facebook since I installed that share widget. I count that as one of my better decisions.
Twitter and YouTube are still a mystery to me. I’m researching both at the moment. We’re learning how to do podcasts with Radio Free Virginia. I also want to learn more about Digg, Reddit, delicious and the other social bookmarking sites. We are going to start posting our material there to piss off the resident White liberals.
With the growth of social media, it is easier than ever before to run around the mainstream media and directly connect with our audience. In the future, I can only see this trend continuing. The MSM will never again monopolize the distribution of information like they did in earliest days of television.