Online Gods Ep 3: Digital Diaspora and a Right Wing Twitter 'Influencer'

In this episode, we speak with Victoria Bernal about digital diaspora politics and Rishi Bagree about being a right wing twitter "influencer."

Victoria Bernal is a cultural anthropologist whose scholarship in political anthropology contributes to media and IT studies, gender studies, and African studies. She is a professor at UCI School of Social Sciences.

Rishi Bagree is a Twitter user whose bio reads: "An ordinary tax-paying citizen." He has over 99,000 followers on social media, some of whom include prominent political party leaders and ministers from the ruling party and the central government. According to the fact-checking news website, Alt News, Bagree has been caught sharing misinformation.

The podcast is a key initiative of the five-year research study on digital politics www.fordigitaldignity.com funded by the European Research Council (grant agreement number 714285) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. To know more about the project, contact principal investigator Sahana Udupa onlinerpol@ethnologie.lmu.de and for podcast-related interactions, contact the co-host Ian M Cook onlinegodspodcast@gmail.com.

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