In the early days of the social web, putting someone's name in multiple parentheses was meant to give that person a cute virtual hug. Today, it's something far more sinister. ...This is funny. The mainstream news media is overwhelmingly anti-Trump. A political candidate represents about half the population, but the big newspapers, TV, radio, etc. are filled with vile Trump-hating nonsense.
"I get plenty of anti-Semitic things, but this was different," said Michael, a Jewish journalist who was targeted by right-wing trolls in 2015 following a story he wrote that was critical of the GOP. (Michael asked Mic to use only his first name to protect his family.)
"[The echo] is a way of bringing attention to people who are Jewish — intimidating," Michael said. "They try to threaten." ...
Coded hate speech like ((())) may not be searchable, but it is public; tweets containing it can be reported to Twitter for abuse and shut down. This will not stop abusers from simply creating new accounts, and it will not stop other users from swarming on victims once they've been identified using the ((())) symbol — a method of abuse known as "dogpiling." ...
Whether they know it or not, Neo-Nazis on Twitter have discovered a brilliant loophole — a code that's difficult to filter whose meaning incites waves of hate before the target realizes what's happening. Jewish writers can report those tweets all they want, but the damage ((())) sets into motion may only be beginning.
A few trolls mock the Trump-haters with echo parentheses, and their immediate reaction is to try to censor excess punctuation on Twitter!
Supposedly the parentheses are anti-Semitic because a lot of the news media Trump-haters are Jewish. Nor is it anti-Semitic to point that that they are just echoing propaganda.
It is not anti-Semitic to point out that people like Bill Kristol, David Brooks, and Tom Friedman are Jewish. Jewish identity politics dominates their thinking.
If anyone is anti-Semitic, it is the Moslems and liberals supporting the BDS movement.
You may be thinking that hate is not justified under any circumstances. From what I have seen, the anti-Trump forces have far more and invidious hate than the Trump supporters.
At political rallies, anti-Trump forces have initiated violence against Trump supporters, while the pro-Trump forces have not bothered anyone.
In the NY Times, Wash. Post, NPR radio, etc, the Trump haters regularly disseminate some of the most hateful stuff I have seen in the mainstream media. And it is all against Trump, Republicans, whites, Christians, and cis-gendered males.
Maybe I will start using the parentheses for (((Hillary Clinton))), (((Trump-haters))), and others using identity politics to make America a worse place.