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Antisocial: The Hijacking of the American Conversation

Andrew Marantz and Anna Wiener
Andrew Marantz and Anna Wiener
Antisocial: The Hijacking of the American Conversation

For several years, New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz has been embedded in two worlds.

The first is the world of social-media entrepreneurs—the new gatekeepers of Silicon Valley—who upended all traditional means of receiving and transmitting information with little forethought, but heaps of reckless ambition. The second is the world of the people he calls the gate-crashers—the conspiracists, white supremacists, and nihilist trolls who have become experts at using social media to advance their corrosive agenda. In his first book, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation, Marantz weaves these two worlds together to create a sweeping, unsettling portrait of today’s America—online and IRL. Unsparing and precise, Marantz’s book—“trenchant and intelligent; wry but not glib; humane but never indulgent” (New York Times)—is vitally important for 2020 and beyond. Join Marantz and Anna Wiener, author of Uncanny Valley, as they discuss the role of social media in transforming how information is created and shared and the significance for the 2020 election and beyond.

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Andrew Marantz

Andrew Marantz is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has worked since 2011 …

Anna Wiener

Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, covering Silicon Valley, startup culture, and technology …

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