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NEW TIME: Open Book / Open Mind: Andrew Marantz, “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation”

Date: Sun, 01/26/2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Categories: Adult Events

Andrew Marantz is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has worked since 2011. He has written extensively for the magazine about technology, social media, the alt-right, and the press, as well as about comedy and pop culture. His work has also appeared in Harper’sNew YorkMother Jones, the New York Times, and many other publications. A contributor to Radiolab and The New Yorker Radio Hour, he has spoken at TED and has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many other outlets. Antisocial is his first book.

Andrew will be in conversation with D. T. Max, a staff writer at The New Yorker. His book, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery He has been the books editor of the New York Observer, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, and a pseudonymous food reviewer for Paper. He lives in Montclair with his wife, their two children, and a rescued dachsund/cocker mix named Nemo.

About the book: This is a story about how the extreme became mainstream. It reveals how the truth became ‘fake news’, how fringe ideas spread, and how a candidate many dismissed as a joke was propelled to the presidency by the dark side of the internet.For several years, Andrew Marantz, a New Yorker staff writer, has been embedded with alt-right propagandists, who have become experts at using social media to advance their corrosive agenda. He also spent time with the social-media entrepreneurs who made this possible, through their naive and reckless ambition, by disrupting all of the traditional information systems.Join Marantz as some of the biggest brains in Silicon Valley teach him how to make content go viral; as he hangs out with the conspiracists, white supremacists and nihilist trolls using these ideas to make their memes, blogs and podcasts incredibly successful; and as he meets some of the people led down the rabbit hole of online radicalization.Antisocial is about how the unthinkable becomes thinkable, and then becomes reality. By telling the story of the people who hijacked the American conversation, Antisocial will help you understand the world they have created, in which we all now live.“Antisocial is at once funny and scary, antic and illuminating. It’s a must-read for anyone still struggling to understand the last election or hoping to make sense of the next one.”   – Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction

 

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