Massacre Suspect Traveled the World but Lived on the Internet – The New York Times

But mass murderers often seek to innovate to outdo their predecessors, including through the exploitation of the media, Mr. Meloy, the forensic psychologist, noted, and Mr. Tarrant appears to have broken new ground in his self-conscious efforts to surf the waves of internet fandom.

He opened his video of his killing by reciting the slogan of the preteen and adolescent fans of a wildly popular YouTube channel largely devoted to humor and video games (although also sometimes touched by accusations of anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim bigotry): “Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie.”

The creator of PewDiePie, Felix Kjellberg, posted on Twitter that he was “sickened” by the association, and in the process inevitably helped publicize the killing.

“Were you taught violence and extremism by video games, music, literature, cinema?” Mr. Tarrant asked himself, answering with sarcasm: “Yes. Spyro the dragon 3 taught me ethnonationalism. Fortnite trained me to be a killer and to floss on the corpses of my enemies.”

Spyro the Dragon and Fortnite are both popular video games, and “the floss” is a dance move popular with grade schoolers that characters in Fortnite sometimes perform.

He even urged other white nationalists to be creative.

“Paint, write, sing, dance, recite poetry. Hell, even meme,” Mr. Tarrant wrote. “Memes have done more for the ethnonationalist movement than any manifesto.”

He later recommended “edgy humour and memes” and appealing “to the anger and black comedic nature of the present.”


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