Reason Mag: 'Hating Breitbart' Documents New Media's 'Punk' Wave

Reason Mag: 'Hating Breitbart' Documents New Media's 'Punk' Wave

Reason Magazine’s Nick Gillespie calls the new documentary “Hating Breitbart” “stunningly post-partisan,” describing the New Media army assembled by the late Andrew Breitbart as truly punk in nature.

Gillespie says the film, which expands into more cities this weekend, captures “the tectonic shift from traditional legacy media to newer forms of distributed news gathering and opinion-making.”

In fact, the New Media revolution is darn near punk in nature.

It’s more attitudinal, more punk in the best sense of the word. When faced with a world that didn’t cater to them and their aesthetics, the punks of the late 1970s and early 1980s famously made their own clothes, hairdos, and music….

Breitbart pulled off something similar during his truncated life … like many on the right, he burned with resentment that the mainstream media disdained not just his perspective but his preferred ways of expressing it. As he notes in “Hating Breitbart,” he had only two modes: jocularity and righteous indignation (the latter became the title of his 2011 memoir-cum-manifesto). But Breitbart didn’t just stew in his anger. He had realized that it keeps getting easier and easier for individuals and groups at every level of society and at every spot on the ideological spectrum to enter into conversations about everything under the sun. Like it or not – and ready or not – this is the world we all live in.

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