08 June 2018

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A couple of years ago, in the course of my explorations of the nastier reaches of the internet, I started to notice that Alt-Right types sometimes wrote certain names enclosed by triple-parentheses, like this:  (((George Soros))).  It didn't take long to figure out the meaning.  The triple-parentheses (called an "echo") is used by anti-Semites to mark the names of people who are, or whom they believe to be, Jewish.  Lately I've sometimes seen it used with other kinds of names like (((the FBI))) or (((Hollywood))), to insinuate that these institutions are Jewish-controlled.

One sometimes sees the "echo" on sites which are not Alt-Right as such.  For example, when reading comments on a post at Church Militant (a conservative Catholic news site) in February, I was surprised to see it used by one commenter, and challenged him on it.  His response was somewhat evasive -- not all non-anti-Semites would recognize "the tribe" or "globalists" or even "Zio" as references to Jews.  I kept a screencap (click to enlarge):

People with generally-unpopular views or identity, when operating outside their safe zone, often use coded language or symbols which the uninitiated do not understand, in order to attract the attention of any like-minded readers who happen by, who will understand them.  They may even do it for the thrill of showing off their "unacceptable" side in public in a way which will fly over the heads of the "mundanes".  It doesn't immediately put people's guard up the way explicitly (in this case) anti-Semitic language would do.

It's occurred to me that some liberal bloggers may not know the meaning of the "echo", given the pervasive (and unwise, in my opinion) practice of refusing to read or link to right-wing sites.  Hence this post.  If you see someone use it in a comment on your blog, be aware -- the person is almost certainly an anti-Semite who is trolling you in a way he thinks is too subtle for you to notice, and possibly also signaling just in case other anti-Semites also read your blog.  Call him on it.

9 Comments:

Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Good info, thanks!

08 June, 2018 11:39  
Blogger Martha said...

I'd never heard of the echo. Thanks for the tip!

08 June, 2018 12:46  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I'm glad that you made this post because I had no idea.

08 June, 2018 13:04  
Anonymous Marc McKenzie said...

Thanks for this, Infidel.

You might find this article from THE DAILY BANTER interesting--consider it a companion piece to your essay.

https://thedailybanter.com/issues/2018/06/08/republican-antisemitism-is-on-the-rise/

08 June, 2018 15:16  
Blogger Harry Hamid said...

I follow (or maybe followed) a Jewish person on twitter who puts the echo thing around his name in his handle, and when I asked him about it, he said something about "reclaiming" it, which... I'm not sure is actually reclaiming anything and is a bit too meta for me.

But generally, it's nice when people I don't want to interact with do things like put the echo around people's names so that i can immediately recognize that this is someone I don't want to interact with.

08 June, 2018 18:19  
Blogger Rational Nation USA said...

Thanks for the info Infidel. I to had no idea what the "echo" meant.

09 June, 2018 06:05  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks everyone!

Harry, there are a few people who have responded to the anti-Semitic use of the "echo" by putting it around their own names as a gesture of solidarity (example) -- rather like the story of the Danish royal family wearing yellow stars after the Nazi occupiers forced Danish Jews to wear them. I guess it's actually meant to taunt the anti-Semites, though, since not many other people know what it means.

09 June, 2018 08:30  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Thanks for the info. Didn't know about this.

09 June, 2018 11:54  
Blogger Adam said...

First I've heard of that

09 June, 2018 13:31  

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