The #betauprising

After the Umpqua Community College mass-shooting in Oregon, the media began addressing the phenomenon known as the “Beta Uprising.” Many felt the shooting was part of this uprising therefore they tried to explain what it was and who would participate. The following a brief history and analysis of the “Beta Uprising.”

Origins and Evolution:

In 2008 a programmer on the image board www.4chan.org launched an experiment called ROBOT9000 or /r9k/. Traditionally, 4Chan’s core user base supplied content for the board, but up to that point much of content comprised reposts, or “copypasta.” R9K was a script inserted into the 4Chan board preventing users from reposting images. Therefore, each user would have to post original content. It was thought that /r9k/ would usher in a new user experience. It quickly evolved into a forum where users would share personally awkward moments. Users, dubbed “robots,” would also write short fictional stories and add images of “Pepe the Frog” showing their disdain for the world. As /r9k/ evolved, the users developed their own lexicon;

  • Robots: (/r/obots)- The core users of /r9k/
  • Normies: (normalfags)- People who are not part of the robot culture,
  • NEET- Not in Education Employment or Training- members with no future prospects
  • Tendie- A mid-20’s male who lives at home and likes chicken tenders
  • Chad- A normie male, often physically fit and in a relationship with a female
  • Ashley- An attractive normie female, ignores robots and seeks out “Chads”
  • Alphas- Normie males and females who think they are better than robots
  • REEEE- An expression of anger, like a scream

Further evolution of the /r9k/ board led to the recognition of a previously under-recognized social class known as “Beta Males.” Each story told by robots tended to pit them against some external, “Alpha” tormenter like a Chad who treated them badly, an Ashley who ignored them, or even their own mother who refused to get a hamburger for a Tendie who was busy on 4Chan. Robots saw themselves as a sub-class; unable to get jobs, yet moderately educated and technically savvy but also unable to have a relationship with a person of the opposite sex. Betas were in perpetual social war with Alphas. Their only refuge was places where other Betas met, which meant Internet forums like Reddit and 4Chan. Here, they would share their stories of real world rejection and engage in a perpetual downward spiral. The constant struggle against Alphas led to the fantasy of millions of robots (Beta Males) suddenly revolting against the Alpha order, and killing them, hence, the “Beta Uprising.”

Dozens of fictional accounts of mass shootings, stabbings, rapes, and other crimes filled the /r9k/ and other similar sites like Reddit. On occasion when a mass shooting occurred, robots would openly discuss if the shooter was “just like them” and was finally exacting revenge. The original ROBOT9000 board was shut down in 2011, but in 2014 a new ROBOT9000 board was created. The culture remained the same. By mid-2015 the board was renamed ROBOT9001.

Beta Males:

Online a person can be anyone they want, but in the real world (irw) robots cannot escape their reality. Sites like 4Chan, and the dozens of gaming sites on the Internet allow for fictional characters, often called avatars or avis, to be created and the user lives through their avatar. For most people, there is a bright line separating their virtual world from their real world. For the true Beta Male, the line is a harsh, painful separation from their online life. They may be highly intelligent and technically savvy, which gains them acceptance online, but in the real world they are socially backwards, unable to hold conversations, averse to conflict, and unable to talk to women. They isolate themselves through their behavior and lack of self-confidence. They often feel alone and unable to find common ground with those around them. Many Beta Males feel intellectually superior to their peers, but they cannot show it outwardly.

Beta Males and Violence:Beta flag 2

It seems contradictory that Beta Males are averse to conflict, yet would carry out an act of violence. At their core, Beta Males develop an anger toward a society that does not accept them. The anger grows as they link-up with other Betas online and trade stories of their unfortunate experiences. Betas eventually grow to hate “normies” and despise women. They are fixated on the sexual aspect of relationships and often lament how they cannot find a willing sexual partner. The hatred eventually boils over in some of the Betas and leads to the conclusion they need to kill their enemies and themselves.

Since most Beta Males have avoided confrontation to this point, they do not know how to handle it in a manner that does not include self-harm or harm to others. When you combine this with easy access to weapons, you find a volatile combination. Mental health experts have relayed their dismay at how cavalier many Betas are when discussing death. Many of them do not see death as a deterrent, rather an escape from their mundane lives. They see the killing of others to be retribution for denying them friendship, sex, and meaningful relationships.

Detection and Deterrence:

Not all Beta Males are going to lash out with violence. Many of them will grow into adulthood and pursue meaningful lives. In fact, Betas believe they are cut from the same cloth as Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg who got their revenge by showing the world their genius. The ones prone to a violent end display characteristic traits:

  • Withdrawn
  • No desire to work, go to school, or associate with people
  • Reliant on medication “to make it through the day”
  • Drink heavily
  • Hostile to women
  • History of suicidal ideation and/or attempts
  • May share detailed fantasies of murder
  • Stalking like behavior toward one women
  • Porn depicting violent or degrading sexual encounters
  • Detailed plans for killing
  • Suicide notes or poems left on-line or in real life

Deterrence is difficult topic. Some subjects may require mental health treatment. It has also been suggested that Beta Males simply need external, positive contact with people. Thus puts the onus on society to engage these subjects and try to show them are a functioning member of a diverse society.

Conclusion:  

It is unlikely a full-scale “Beta Uprising” will ever occur. Despite this, it would be folly to ignore the mounting evidence showing the dangers associated with real world withdrawal accompanied by deep immersion in the cybersphere, constant public rejection, and the use of medication to normalize behavior. Recognizing and intercepting the violent Betas is a task laid at the feet of mental health practitioners, education professionals, and when needed, law enforcement.

2016 Preview: Gender Equality and the Perils of Patriarchy!

In October 2014 a clothing company smashed the delicate sensibilities of Americans by producing a viral-destined video of eight-year-old girls dressed as princesses, educating the world on gender pay equality and various conjugations of the “f-word.” The creators made the dubious claim the video was meant to draw attention to the plight of equal pay for equal work, despite it being the sole source of internet traffic to their on-line store. And, in typical partisan fashion, the video was defended on the left and vilified on the right. Its overall message however seemed to be missed by everyone; Feminism was back in style.

To be fair, feminism never really went away, but it has taken a far back-seat in recent years. During the hiatus from the spotlight, feminist adherents used to the time to re-tool their messaging just in time for what may prove to be a pivotal moment for them; the 2016 General Election. The first change was to move away from the name “feminist” and adopt a more social-justice minded label like gender equality. While the term “sexism” still exists, it is reserved for the hardcore activists. The term has morphed to gender discrimination or the more cryptic term, Patriarchy. They also moved quickly to push phrases like “rape culture” and “man spread.” All of these are dog whistles to the newcomers of the social-justice scene, specifically millennials, and meant to keep the fires burning.

To the activists and advocates, gender equality and the systematic oppression of women transcend nearly every social-justice boundary in modern society. The student loan industry is collapsing, but the crisis is much worse for women. The living wage fight, also known as “Fight for $15”, has been painted as very much a women’s issue. Nearly every reputable news and commentary site has done a spread on the “pay gap” with some saying it exists due to longstanding patriarchy, while others state it isn’t nearly as bad as some think. Politicians have unabashedly cited the pay gap as the driving force behind gelastic legislation meant only embarrass the other side. Unemployment in America is still staggeringly high, and women are making up an increasingly larger group in the overall numbers. Finally, gun control has been framed as an imminent women’s issue, closely linked to rape and domestic violence.

Social issues aside, feminism has taken on some major powerhouses in the United States over the last few years. Groups like “Ordain Women” challenged the LDS church on matters of gender equality by demanding women be allowed into the Priesthood meetings. The NFL came under direct fire from women’s groups after serious allegations were made against their handling of known abusers. The NFL’s fumbling of the issue led to an open discussion about the prevalence of domestic violence in America. Silicon Valley, well-known for its hipster/millennial population took a direct hit from women for its acceptance of a male dominated culture. Even false allegations of rape at UVA were seen not as giant hoaxes perpetrated on the public, but aides in a much-needed dialogue on rape and abuse on American college campuses.

None of this has happened in a vacuum. There is a noticeable crescendo in the volume and tempo of the new feminist movement. It leads to the inexorable conclusion that the next election will be all about the ladies. Take the two strongest candidates thus far for President; Elizabeth Warren (powerful despite having yet announced), and Hillary Clinton. Both women are strong advocates for women’s rights, and threaten the patriarchal political system in the U.S.. The Republicans will immediately face charges of sexism and patriarchy the moment they select their candidate, provided it is a male. The feminists will use their experience over the last few years to shred any candidate that threatens their advancement. In fact, they’ve already begun with the media induced smack-down of Rand Paul. The feminist activists learned a lot from the success of Mitt Romney’s binder comment, and will undoubtedly ramp up the pressure as the election nears.

Feminism is not dead. It is alive and well and if all indications are correct, the movement is about to undergo a long-awaited renaissance.

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