Among the images that circulated in the aftermath of last month’s Capitol insurrection, one video stood apart, an almost iconic representation of the mob unleashed. In it, an enraged supporter of Donald Trump wields a pole flying the American flag to repeatedly strike a police officer who, having been dragged down the stone steps of the Capitol, lies at the crowd’s feet. The video requires no deep analysis to identify the violence it portrays as a threat to liberal democracy.

A very different video that began to go viral in late September is of another register altogether. In it, a man, later identified as Nathan Apodaca, is seen skateboarding, taking a swig of cranberry juice and then lip-synching to Fleetwood Mac’s classic rock hit, “Dreams.” It’s a mystery what made the 26-second video, first posted to TikTok, go viral; as with most things these days, it involved an opaque algorithm. Subsequent reporting…

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