#160 | Cliquebait: Gaeilge & Internet Subcultures

2021 has gotten off to a fairly spicy start and yet again the spotlight has been shone on online communities in light of events in America But what makes one community a supportive safe space but another a radicalising echo chamber?

Unrelated, perhaps, are a number of recent viral tweets where learners have told of disappointing experiences using Irish on social media. Is it fair to compare Irish speakers on social media to a noxious fanbase? Are Irish speakers on social media even a homogeneous group, coming from the same place and wanting the same things?

In today’s episode, Darach, Gearóidín and Peadar try to get to the bottom of this thorny question. They don’t, so expect more episodes on aspects of this topic soon.

 

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