Weekly Economics Podcast: Is our digital economy breeding misogyny?

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Debbie Ging

In August this year Jake Davison, a 22-year-old from Plymouth, went on a shooting rampage that left six dead, including his mother and himself. In the aftermath it emerged that Davison had been a member of incel’ forums online. He’s not the first mass shooter to have links to online groups espousing extreme hatred of women. Since Elliot Rodger killed six people in California in 2014, self-proclaimed involuntary celibates’ have carried out multiple mass murders, mostly in North America.

What’s driving this extreme misogyny? Is incel ideology on the rise? And are Big Tech companies to blame for allowing these groups to thrive online? 

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined Debbie Ging, associate professor in the school of communications at Dublin City University.

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