Episode 40

A short late night chat in an elevator becomes a flashpoint in a storm of online misogyny; a woman has to hide because she dares critique the depiction of women; a relationship ends, sparking off a campaign of hate against women that lasts for years, and not even the venerable Hugo Awards are safe from the spreading #onlineslimemold. And then the racists get in on the action.

You'd think the realms of atheism, video games and science fiction would be immune to online nonsense, but you'd be very, very wrong. Even there, aggrieved men weaponize the internet to try and "take back" something that was really never theirs in the first place. Along the way the #slimemold will use doxxing, swatting, spite charities and other tools to lay the foundations of the modern alt-right, QAnon and the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

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