When will netto uyoku become serious? (And how many of them will go ghost? And how many will go “noisy ghost”?)

This whole ネット右翼 / netto uyoku theme makes blogging very easy. All I have to do is throw in some tangentially related anime-style image and suddenly a mediocre post looks hip and savvy.
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This blog is considerably different from my earlier blogs, because I suspect that this blog will arrive at a final destination.

The netto uyoku culture doesn’t take politics very seriously. Japanese netto uyoku are willing to make nasty jokes about their hatred of Koreans, but they are not willing to find an actual Korean and lynch him. This gets them flak from the serious right-wingers and from the over-serious whiners.

The netto uyoku culture is a defiant culture of free speech. Netto uyoku are ordinary people who say things that the kleptocrats in power would prefer to suppress. Manospherians who complain about local political authorities have been getting attention from said authorities.
In the USA, the tax agency is embroiled in a scandal because patriots fear that criticism of the government will result in unofficial, unaccountable reprisals.

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The netto uyoku culture currently doesn’t get too serious about security. I suspect that will have to change. Weak semi-anonymity is all right if you are actually “going ghost” – i.e., if you are keeping a very low profile and mostly living outside the bureaucratic information grid.

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The planet’s information networks are seeing some interesting developments. Texans are publishing gun designs and the USA central government is trying to censor that free speech. In order to say anything political without suffering reprisals, it may be necessary to use strong anonymity. The “ghosts” may need to make some noise about real-world problems. Their task will be to maintain strong anonymity cheaply, without a supporting organization, and while conducting regular communications about real-world problems. An amateur journalist who operates in this mode can be called a “noisy ghost.”

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Even sober, reliable journalists like Steve Sailer are sounding alarms about infringements on privacy:

In fact, better not offend Bloomberg by worrying in public at all. Don’t let anybody connect your name to your worries. After all, it’s not like the owner of Bloomberg controls a 43,000-man armed and badged security force known as the NYPD. It’s not like the Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job didn’t lay out an entire strategy for how a police and prosecutorial force could put top Wall Streeters in jail: arrest call girls for cocaine possession, get them to roll over in return for suspended sentences on clients who are traders at the targeted firm, then get the traders to roll over on the bosses by spilling the dirt on high-level financial shenanigans. (Of course, people whom Wall Street doesn’t like, such as Elliot Spitzer, Julian Assange, and Dominque Strauss-Kahn, seem to get arrested in sex scandals themselves a lot.)

I suspect that the current generation of netto uyoku will be forced to learn some of the skills normally attributed to cypherpunks.



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I suspect that ultimately, the netto uyoku will publish blogs on the open internet that simply give instructions for entering private darknets.

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I suspect that the new private darknets will be user-friendly. I suspect that they will welcome ordinary users with average computer literacy. But I suspect these private darknets will be designed to protect anonymity and personal privacy.

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If these darknets manage to gain momentum, I suspect that the police will be stymied, and the power of the state will decline quickly.

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This could be the start of a happier, freer set of communities.

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Currently I comment on manosphere blogs and anyone can get my content immediately, and anyone can try to pry into my privacy.

If I am right about how the Internet is evolving, some day my readers will come to this blog and find a post that says, “My new posts are on the private darknets. Come and visit me there!”

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Currently I leave comments on other reactionary blogs and I link back to ordinary websites on the ordinary World Wide Web. Some day I might leave comments that link readers to TOR’s .onion sites, or to the Invisible Internet’s eepsites, or to some similar resource.



If it gets to that point, then the term “netto uyoku” will go from meaning, “Someone who uses weak semi-anonymity to say provocative things” to “someone who uses strong anonymity to communicate important ideas.”


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2 Responses to When will netto uyoku become serious? (And how many of them will go ghost? And how many will go “noisy ghost”?)

  1. Damn, I need a major primer here, I had no idea something like this existed.

  2. Pingback: So, what fraction of the manosphere is already on an NSA watchlist? | vulture of critique


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