Essential Reads | We Are the Nerds, the tumultuous story of Reddit

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Reddit hails itself as the front page of the internet. It’s the six most-visited website in the world, yet millions have no idea what it is. They should be paying attention.

We Are The Nerds (Hachette India, Pages, Price Rs 699) by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin takes readers inside this captivating, maddening enterprise, whose army of obsessed users have been credited with everything from solving crimes and raising millions in charitable donations, to inciting alt-right fury and even landing Donald Trump in the White House.

This is the gripping story of how Reddit’s founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian (now married to tennis superstar Serena Williams), transformed themselves from student video-gamers into Silicon Valley millionaires as they turned their creation into an icon of the digital age. Reddit has become a mirror of the internet itself: it has dark trenches, shiny memes, malicious trolls and a heart-warming ability to connect people across cultures, oceans and ideological divides.

In a time when we are increasingly concerned about privacy and manipulation on social platforms, We Are The Nerds reveals Reddit’s central role in the dissemination of culture and information in history’s first fully digital century. Rigorously reported and highly entertaining, We Are The Nerds explores how this unique platform has changed the way we all communicate today.

About the author

Christine Lagorio is a senior writer at Inc Magazine and has been covering startups and entrepreneurship for the last seven years. She has previously written for Congressional Quarterly, CBS News, The Village Voice, The New York Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. This is her first book.

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