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Richard Seymour is a writer, broadcaster and activist. His latest book is The Twittering Machine (Indigo Press)
This is not the enlightened self-interest of classical liberalism – it is a movement fascinated with the prospect of annihilation, giddy for destructive adventure.
The term was once gushingly applied to uprisings against corrupt regimes, but social media has since become associated with darker political developments, with Isis using it to build a global theocratic army.