I’ve been seriously considering writing a book comparing the rise of the Far Right in the US, Europe, and Japan to reactionary nerd culture culminating in shit like Gamergate. I mean you see patterns, a previously privileged group who define themselves strongly with a certain identity are consistently screwed over by large corporate powers. At the same time the previous homogeneous group is finding itself exposed to more diversity from historically oppressed groups, specifically women and minorities, who have bene there the whole time but are only now getting the self confident to insert themselves in to the larger group. This scares the privileged group, and that fear is compounded by the 2008 economic crash and subsequent economic chaos. Rather than fighting against the corporations, they blame women, minorities, and ‘outsiders’ for all of the problems in their life. They embrace a mix of bigotry, anti-intellectualism and conspiracy theories so hard that they move the overton window and start to create their own alternate reality, since anything factual utterly disproves their world. Hyperbole, paranoia, and militant extremisms consume the movement until it starts to destroy the entire culture it previously was a part of, and forces everybody to comfort the underlying tensions that had been there for decades or centuries. The whole time this is encouraged by a sort of nihilist killing joke culture that dwells in 4chan and is so entirely detached from consequences or basic sympathy they either don’t know or care what kind of damage they do.
If I could ever get the free time and startup capital I could make this happen, you could find a lot of value comparing Gamergate and similar movements to the Nationalist movements of Europe and the entire notion of Nerd Persecution. You could also go into what happens when Social justice becomes a culture.