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WE’RE THE NERDS The Birth and Tumultuous lifestyle of Reddit, the Internet’s customs Laboratory By Christine Lagorio-Chafkin Illustrated. 492 pp. Hachette Books. $28.
5 years ago, it appeared like an idea that is swell Mark Zuckerberg to get in touch every individual in the world, because we might all sit around singing “Kumbaya” and ordering from Amazon. Reporters revered Twitter for providing a megaphone to oppressed groups like, well, reporters. Google, figuring it had fixed the dilemmas for the living, launched a endeavor to beat death.
Also then, at a second of techno-optimism we have been not likely to see once more inside our lifetimes, Reddit ended up being a toxic swamp. It had been the spot you went, shrouded in anonymity, for pornography, hard-core racism, revenge porn, Nazi cheerleading, Jew-baiting, creepshots, fat-shaming, meaningless anarchy and images of dead children or of women who had previously been beaten. (more…)