Hate is recognized as a significant problem in societies around the world. Hate can manifest in various forms, including – but not limited – to racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and religious discrimination. It can lead to prejudice, discrimination, and violence against individuals or groups based on their perceived differences.
Hate has the potential to divide communities, undermine social cohesion, and contribute to a range of social issues. Online platforms, in particular, have been a significant space for the spread of hate speech, misinformation, and the amplification of extremist ideologies.
… by german photographer + visual artist Jürgen F. Novotny.
“Like so many others, I believe that everyone in our society should take a stand against hate speech online. It’s about not remaining silent, but speaking out, showing initiative. In most cases, only those who shout the loudest are visible. For their part, the usually silent victims often feel isolated, they can develop anxiety and depression. They are victims of violence.”
“Hate or” is an art project addressing the general awareness of digital violence on a different level: an artistic and visual-linguistic one… with a seemingly ironic, yet serious approach.
A hate comment is quickly typed on social media and haters are disinhibited by the anonymity granted to them on these platforms. Hatespeech arises, among other things, when people are extremely dissatisfied with themselves and need to feel that they are above others… usually because they themselves have low self-esteem. For these offenders, hate comments and hate postings can have serious consequences if they are reported to the police.
“But it doesn’t really have to come to that, does it? If you’re unhappy with yourselves – yes, I’m talking to you haters – there are other, much more effective ways of dealing with this. Try to find out, you have the choice. Really.”