Christine Lagorio-Chafkin – We Are the Nerds


A riveting look inside Reddit, the wildly popular, often misunderstood website whose intensely engaged users have changed the culture of the Internet – “[A] must-read for anyone hoping to make sense of the century ahead.” (Ashlee Vance, best-selling author of Elon Musk)

Reddit hails itself as “the front page of the Internet”. It’s the third-most visited website in the US – 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Author: Christine Lagorio-Chafkin
Narrator: Chloe Cannon
Duration: 16 hours 22 minutes
Released: 18 Feb 2010
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I want to earn a PHD in modern American history just so I can make this book required reading for my students. Perfect mix of story telling and information. Will read anything else Cannon writes.