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The Intellectual Dark Web is a phrase coined by Eric Weinstein to refer to a collection of thinkers, academics and personalities who refuse political orthodoxy and who publish outside mainstream media, using channels like long form YouTube interviews, Twitter and public lectures.[1][2]

David French has described the group in National Review as leading "a movement of intellectual free-thinkers."[3] French wrote that "the tendency of the Intellectual Dark Web is to focus more on the Left than on the Right. After all, for most in the audience the Left is the dominant corporate, academic, and cultural actor. The left is far more likely to tell them how to think or what to say."[3] Meghan Daum wrote in the Los Angeles Times that the group "represents our best hope against the scourge of regressive, doctrinaire thinking on the left and the right."[4]

An article by Bari Weiss in The New York Times asserting that some members of the group have "paid for" their views by being ridiculed and having their careers threatened[5] received a barrage of mockery and criticism from journalists and liberal commentators who said the article allowed conservatives to claim status as victims.[6] Alice Dreger wrote about her rejection of her inclusion with the group in an article entitled, "Why I Escaped the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’: Pissing off progressives isn’t intellectual progress."[7] Some people Weiss associated with the Intellectual Dark Web have made money from their vast online fan bases, but most are not well known and none work for national newspapers or television networks.[6] Henry Farrell, a political scientist at George Washington University, in reacting to Weiss's article, wrote that the Intellectual Dark Web phenomenon reflected dark web intellectuals' frustration and resentment over a sharp decline in their relative status.[8]

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  1. "Inside the intellectual dark web". life.spectator.co.uk. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018. Unknown parameter |aut= ignored (help)
  2. Barnés, Héctor. "Cómo ganar un millón de euros al año siendo un intelectual (oscuro)". El Confidencial. TITANIA COMPAÑÍA EDITORIAL, S.L. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 French, David. "Critics Miss the Point of the 'Intellectual Dark Web'". NationalReview.com. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. Daum, Meghan. "A new movement to speak truth to identity politics is our best hope against regressive thinking". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. Weiss, Bari. "Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Scarry, Eddie. "Media, liberals mock New York Times op-ed for promoting 'dark web' intellectuals". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  7. Dreger, Alice. "Why I Escaped the 'Intellectual Dark Web'". Chronicle.com. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  8. Farrell, Henry. "The "Intellectual Dark Web," explained: what Jordan Peterson has in common with the alt-right". Vox.com. Retrieved 10 May 2018.

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