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The Social Psychology of Hate Online: From Cyberbullying to Gaming

Yasmin Ibrahim (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Technologies of Trauma

ISBN: 978-1-80262-136-5, eISBN: 978-1-80262-135-8

Publication date: 11 August 2022


The socializing of hate and its saturation on platforms as a resonant and emotional connection online reveal the networked nature of convergent platforms which pump hate as a mechanism of connection and fracture in society in the post-digital age. The violence of hate and negative sentiments online morph to appropriate a multitude of manifestations from cyberbullying and revenge porn to trolling and memes as subversive, denigrative humour. Social media, designed through an architecture for sharing and transaction, distributes hate as a popular sentiment, building connections with disparate communities through the articulation of hate for fellow humans and humanity at large. Trauma induced through hatred and bullying as an active aspect of social media platforms and interactivity distribute sentiments through its excess and disproportionality. This chapter interrogates the sentiment of hate and its workings on social media as a technology of trauma in distributing hate as a form of communion.


Ibrahim, Y. (2022), "The Social Psychology of Hate Online: From Cyberbullying to Gaming", Technologies of Trauma, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 93-113.



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