I study internet subcultures for fun and missed the whole thing before, during and afterwards.
I think of it as annoyed Steam users back in 2011 meeting anonymously online to separate into a boys only utopian bliss of nogurlz-bcuz-gurlz-ruin-EverYthing. They weren’t right wing at first per se but got swallowed up in the mess and became so for the most part, with the left side being a diff MGTOW clan but without the far-right emotional support network… or something… I dunno.
(this is the point where someone will say “You don’t understand how deep this goes, do you?” ]
I think it was around the time Anonymous was a thing with the masks, some KONY thing too… I dunno. It was all kys, media hates white men because college and stuff.
I want to give your non-reactionary peers special commendations because I think you all saved each other from that dreadfulness.
I was studying brony culture and the first glimpses of GenZ online at the time I think. Missed gamergate completely.