Anti-Social ~ by Andrew Marantz

This is an eye-opening book, for me anyway. The author is a regular staff writer for the New Yorker specializing in technology, social media and politics. And his assignment was to write about the “alt-right” before and after the 2016 election.

Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation 
by Andrew Marantz/ 2019
read by author – 15h 8m


Part One, DeploraBall, was kind of confusing although entertaining. This was more than made up for in Part Two, A Human Superpower, which was definitely informative including what motivated various leaders of the online community fractured as it was by the ideas of white supremacy, misogyny and totally free speech. It was also united by the deeply held belief in the idea of more freedom, fewer rules, from alt-light to apparent anarchy.

Part One, DeploraBall, was kind of confusing although entertaining. This was more than made up for in Part Two, A Human Superpower, which was definitely informative including what motivated various leaders of the online community fractured as it was by the ideas of white supremacy, misogyny and totally free speech. It was also united by the deeply held belief in the idea of more freedom, fewer rules, from alt-light to apparent anarchy.

Marantz takes us through the “movement” as it developed from the early days of the internet and Trump, Breitbart,the alt-right through the days following Trump’s election and the Charlottesville rampage.

I feel like I know a lot more about the individuals who make up the leadership, past and present, of this splintered group. Definitely worth the read.

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