For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) is an interesting development in light of the rapid rise of YouTube and other (relatively) free and independent platforms and decay of older traditional media. They largely exist on the internet, on YouTube and/or on their own platforms. It’s a very loosely defined but tightly knit group of thinkers and speakers, the most notable being the likes of Ben Shapiro, Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin, Same Harris, and the Weinstein brothers Eric and Bret. They’re very diverse in their politics, even more so in their faiths: Shapiro is an Orthodox Jew (OJ) Peterson mostly follows American Protestantism (very vague term), Rubin was raised an OJ and now is only nominal, and the remainder are either atheist or agnostic. There is not, unfortunately, any Catholic representation, which is a perspective the group desperately needs. What binds this group is largely their affinity for conversation with and about the culture and society, each other, and their common sense of danger when it comes to the rise of the “radical Left.” Their conversations about culture and society is precisely why they need a Catholic, but I digress. (Before you think they’re biased against leftism, Shapiro is the only truly conservative member.)
For those already familiar, what do you think of the IDW? I think they bring a lot to the table in that they largely only meet with each other in long form interviews, always published for everyone to watch, and they are all honestly pursuing truth—with a lowercase ‘t’. Their format, the long form interview, is particularly notable because, outside of Catholic Answers live videos with Trent Horn on YouTube, it is so rare.
So what do you think?