Towards a genealogy of online hate
contagion, viralization and resentment
The dissemination of hate in social media is investigated with special emphasis on its functioning mechanisms. The concepts of contagion and resentment are studied through the works of Gabriel Tarde and Nietzsche. Tarde conceives the suggestibility of beliefs and desires (imitation) as the driving force of the socius production. Viralization becomes a vector of production of unstable homogeneities, under the mobile background of differences. Nietzsche dissects the logic of operation of resentment, and highlights the invention of dichotomic relations ruled by negativity which generates moral values as well as we and other polarizations. The analysis of the molecular plane is privileged, in a politics of affects.