We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory

We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory

by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin


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ISBN-13: 9780316435376
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 260,701
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin is an award-winning journalist who has covered culture, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship for the past 15 years. She is senior writer at Inc. magazine and her work has appeared in many other publications, including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post. She was raised on a sheep farm in rural Wisconsin and now lives in New York City with her husband, cats, and toddlers. Her favorite subreddits are r/blep and r/ShowerThoughts.

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New York Times bestselling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg - Adam Grant

“This is the untold story of how one of the world’s most popular websites was hatched—and how it took on a mind of its own. It’s a gripping read, and it’s full of lessons for building startups and organizing communities.”

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We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Corey-Jan 29 days ago
I'm not a redditor - although I find that it can be a useful site for generating lines of inquiry when I am doing research on a given topic. And typically, I find that books about companies tend to be dull at best and hagiography at best. So, my hopes weren't high when I received We Are The Nerds as a gift. And let me tell you -- I was wrong. This is a terrific book -- providing both windows on reddit and fascinating insights into the people who created it. Christine Lagorio-Chafkin manages to make reddit's complex cast of founders, leaders, members and followers both sympathetic and complicated, never resorting to broad-stroked, one-note character descriptions. Equally significant, she turns what in lesser hands could be a slog into a real page-turner. She starts so many chapters right at the crux of a given situation -- no ramp-up or exposition -- then about at the time the reader is almost screaming to know how it happened, she goes back to explain, before finally taking it forward. It works every time. I finished this book knowing a lot more about a company and social media channel that had previously eluded me. And I not only felt like I'd gotten to know both the author and her subjects -- I wished I could spend more time with most of them.