Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation
"Antisocial" is a riveting exploration of the twisted world of social media and how it has been weaponized by extremist groups. Andrew Marantz, a New Yorker staff writer, offers an insightful and deeply immersive chronicle of how Silicon Valley's optimistic entrepreneurs set out to create a democratic internet, only to have their efforts exploited by cynical propagandists. This engaging read ranges broadly from the first mass-printed books to the trending hashtags of today and offers a keen narrative detailing how online radicalization leads young people down a dangerous path. Combining the sweep of George Packer's "The Unwinding" with the raw intensity of Bill Buford's "Among the Thugs," "Antisocial" is a must-read for anyone looking to understand how the boundaries between technology, media, and politics have been erased, leading to a dangerously broken informational landscape.