Long before Steve Bannon was encouraging trolls to rally support around Trump, he realised their great power through World of Warcraft. Not fictional trolls, mind you, but the disaffected white-male kind, who rallied against Bannon’s gold-farming business and made him realise it’s really easy to radicalise gamer anger.
Soon after, Bannon took over Breitbart, harnessed the anger of Gamergate via Milo Yiannopoulos, and brought the alt-right into American politics, as Bee puts it, “like a reverse Buffy standing at the Hellmouth yelling, ‘Come on in demons!’”
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