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      Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians & the Hijacking of the American Conversation with Andrew Marantz in Los Angeles


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      November 13, 2019

      Wednesday   7:30 PM

      453 South Spring Street
      Los Angeles, California 90013

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      Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians & the Hijacking of the American Conversation with Andrew Marantz

      Note: Your ticket includes - and is the same price as - the book. The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Andrew Marantz and his new book, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation. Join us to learn "how Silicon Valley's dream turned into democracy's nightmare," (Jane Mayer).    For several years, Andrew Marantz, a New Yorker staff writer, has been embedded in two worlds. The first is the world of social-media entrepreneurs, who, acting out of naïvete and reckless ambition, upended all traditional means of receiving and transmitting information. The second is the world of the people he calls "the gate crashers"--the conspiracists, white supremacists, and nihilist trolls who have become experts at using social media to advance their corrosive agenda. Antisocial ranges broadly--from the first mass-printed books to the trending hashtags of the present; from secret gatherings of neo-Fascists to the White House press briefing room--and traces how the unthinkable becomes thinkable, and then how it becomes reality.    Antisocial reveals how the boundaries between technology, media, and politics have been erased, resulting in a deeply broken informational landscape--the landscape in which we all now live. Marantz shows how alienated young people are led down the rabbit hole of online radicalization, and how fringe ideas spread--from anonymous corners of social media to cable TV to the President's Twitter feed. Marantz also sits with the creators of social media as they start to reckon with the forces they've unleashed. Will they be able to solve the communication crisis they helped bring about, or are their interventions too little too late?   Andrew Marantz is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has worked since 2011. His work has also appeared in Harper's, New York, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and many other publications. A contributor to Radiolab and The New Yorker Radio Hour, he has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many other outlets. All events are subject to cancellation, so please check back.

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