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OUR COMPANY IS THE NERDS The Birth and Tumultuous lifestyle of Reddit, the Internet’s heritage Laboratory By Christine Lagorio-Chafkin Illustrated. 492 pp. Hachette Books. $28.
5 years ago, it appeared like a swell concept for Mark Zuckerberg to get in touch every individual on earth, because we might all sit around performing “Kumbaya” and ordering from Amazon. Reporters revered Twitter for providing a megaphone to oppressed groups like, well, journalists. Bing, figuring it had fixed the issues associated with the living, launched an endeavor to beat death.
Also then, at a minute of techno-optimism we have been not likely to see once more inside our lifetimes, Reddit had been a swamp that is toxic. It absolutely was the spot you went, shrouded in privacy, for pornography, hard-core racism, revenge porn, Nazi cheerleading, Jew-baiting, creepshots, fat-shaming, meaningless anarchy and images of dead young ones or of women who was simply beaten. The trolls were in charge if anyone bothered to look, Reddit was proof that on the internet.