Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation by Andrew Marantz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525522263
Published: Viking - October 8th, 2019

A gem among the manure of hot takes about how we got to here. Taking social media as his beat, New Yorker writer Marantz embedded himself with the internet cretins who tweeted while America burned. He shows how the trollish likes of Mike Cernovitch and Milo Yiannopolis seized the national conversation away from gatekeepers like CNN and the New York Times, and steered it towards a fateful reckoning at the Charlottesville Unite the Right valley. There's a bit of Didion and Foster Wallace to Marantz's writing, but he has fashioned a tapestry of keyboard warriors who cry about free speech but are unable to accept the sometimes violent consequences of their superficial supplement-addled thinking. A stick of TNT that's lit in every sense of the word. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley