The Antisocial Network Review – IGN

From directors Arthur Jones and Giorgio Angelini, The Antisocial Network provides a unsettling depiction of how the internet influences real life and politics. The documentary explores the connection between online spaces and real-world events, arguing that the impact of platforms like 4chan extends beyond just harmless memes to influencing major political events like the January 6 insurrection.

Funny yet eerie, The Antisocial Network builds on Jones and Angelini’s previous work in the documentary Feels Good Man, which delves into the transformation of Pepe the Frog from a harmless meme to a symbol of hate. In this new film, the directors take a broader approach, exploring the evolution of online communities from early web forums to contemporary mobs fueled by conspiracy theories.

The documentary opens with scenes from January 6 and introduces a cast of former 4chan users and hackers who have played a significant role in shaping the digital landscape. These individuals reflect on their experiences in the online world, acknowledging both the positive and negative impacts of their actions.