Author(s): Christine Lagorio-Chafkin
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Reddit hails itself as "the front page of the Internet." It's the third most-visited website in the United States--and yet, millions of Americans have no idea what it is.
We Are the Nerds is an engrossing look deep inside this captivating, maddening enterprise, whose army of obsessed users have been credited with everything from solving cold case crimes and spurring tens of millions of dollars in charitable donations to seeding alt-right fury and landing Donald Trump in the White House. We Are the Nerds is a gripping start-up narrative: the story of how Reddit's founders, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, rose up from their suburban childhoods to become millionaires and create an icon of the digital age--before seeing the site engulfed in controversies and nearly losing control of it for good.
Based on Christine Lagorio-Chafkin's exclusive access to founders Ohanian and Huffman, We Are the Nerds is also a compelling exploration of the way we all communicate today--and how we got here. Reddit and its users have become a mirror of the Internet: it has dingy corners, shiny memes, malicious trolls, and a sometimes heart-melting ability to connect people across cultures, oceans, and ideological divides.
Have you ever heard of the online platform Reddit? Many people haven't, but surprisingly, it's become the sixth most-viewed website in the United States. However, success didn't come easy. In We Are The Nerds, Christine Lagorio-Chafkin discusses the birth and tumultuous life of Reddit. The book covers the creators, Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, as they were given an idea and loan and created one of the most visited websites in today's world. But when Reddit became an offensive space for hatred, violence, sex, and antisemitism, the stress of how to address the user's freedom of speech became difficult to navigate. Now, with censorship rules and new profitable elements, Reddit has become a $1.8 billion company and has become the unofficial "front page" of the internet.
The compelling story of a tech startup. This is a sharply written and brilliantly reported look inside Reddit, the wildly popular, often misunderstood website that has changed the culture of the Internet. Paul, The Book Grocer.
"Really three tales in one ... that of a scrappy start-up destined for web domination,... [the] technologists, entrepreneurs and iconoclasts seeking to reshape the world, ... [and] the rise of social media from the perspective of one of its most important players.... The reader feels like Forrest Gump, stumbling from one remarkable event or person to the next... We Are the Nerds describes how Reddit began. The real story is how the site and its ilk will change the world. On that, we're still in Act One."
Nature (JC BookGrocer)