I’ve been studying the alt right long before the media got wind of them. [about 23 months – I stopped a few weeks ago]. I was pretty shocked to see the words “alt right” pop up in the media though.
I’ve loosely been following the movement on and off for a long time though before that, but this ‘something new’ caught my eye back in 2014 as it left the boundaries of 4chan and stormfront sites and started showing up on facebook and youtube in increasing amounts. So, I started paying attention.
I’d like to think they’re small and meaningless, and still kind of do, but they think of themselves rather highly, even so far as believing they are what turned the election.