Book Launch | We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory
Where: powerHouse Arena
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By Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, in conversation with Justin Peters
Reddit began in 2005 as an after-thought to a seemingly failed bid to join a start-up incubator. Today, Reddit is the fourth most visited internet sit in the United States. Reddit’s founders, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, met as video-game-loving undergrads at the University of Virginia. As so many other start-ups fizzled in the 2000s, how did this unlikely pair turn Reddit into the Internet’s dominant force—a laboratory of culture known for everything from cat memes to its role in Donald Trump’s political ascendance?
In the tradition of riveting start-up narratives like The Accidental Billionaires and Bad Blood, We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory is the gripping story of how Reddit’s founders Huffman and Ohanian rose up from average suburban childhoods and became millionaires, creating an icon of the digital age, before they almost lost Reddit for good amid a series of turbulent controversies.
We Are the Nerds is a captivating look deep inside this maddening enterprise–whose army of three hundred million obsessed users have been credited with everything from solving cold case crimes and spurring on tens of millions of dollars in charitable donations to seeding alt-right fury.
As a veteran tech reporter and senior writer at Inc., Lagorio-Chafkin, has had unprecedented access to founders Ohanian and Huffman for over five years, sitting with them for dozens of hours of interviews, along with her hundreds of interviews with other key figures connected to the Reddit story.
We Are the Nerds is the definitive account of Reddit’s early years and growing pains. Packed with revelatory details about its biggest triumphs and controversies, this inside look at Reddit includes fresh insights on the relationship between Huffman and Ohanian, AMAgeddon, staff turmoil, the tragic life of Aaron Swartz, and Reddit’s struggle to become profitable.
We Are the Nerds is 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. It is essential reading for Redditors—and anyone who wants to understand our culture today.Buy tickets/get more info now