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The Twittering Machine Kindle Edition
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--Adam Shatz, contributing editor at the London Review of Books "One of our most astute political analysts."
--China Miéville, author of October "A bracing tour through the social and political context and impact of Twitter and Facebook, exploring Gamergate to Isis to Trump's Twitter presidency. He recounts horrifying miseries--suicides on YouTube, rapes on Periscope, streamed shootings on Facebook--created by people radicalised, or tormented by online peers, craving celebrity--all pushed to extremes by algorithms and monetised by tech companies."
--Emma Jacobs, Financial Times "The book is a thrilling demonstration of what such resistance can look like, by one of the most clear-sighted and unyielding critics writing today. We should all read it."
--William Davies, Guardian "Richard Seymour has a brilliant mind and a compelling style. Everything he writes is worth reading."
--Gary Younge, author of Another Day in the Death of America "A sophisticated critique of the age of social media."
--Kirkus Reviews "Rather than wondering ponderously if this is 'cancel culture' or whatever, we might ask ourselves: Why were all these people tweeting? ... This is not a book with an accompanying TED Talk, a ten-step program, or One Weird Trick to Fix Everything. Seymour's pose here is that of a working analyst, not a confident diagnostician. He draws connections, he sketches notes toward a further diagnosis."
--Max Read, Bookforum --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07YM4N89C
- Publisher : The Indigo Press (29 Aug. 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2875 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 270 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 223,916 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer reviews:
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Yet here I sit, writing away, horribly aware of the irony this exhibits when considering the content of Seymour's fine book! His prose is easily read, yet offers a depth of communication that few non-fiction writers ever achieve; there is a flow to the subject matter that creates almost a "page turner" effect; the pathology that he illustrates is so relatable and familiar that one finds themselves rhythmically nodding away, pausing only to underline and asterix.
The highest praise I can give this book is to say that it stands alongside Mark Fisher's masterpiece, Capitalist Realism, in its ability to help explain to a confused mind (my own) how today's world is both screwing with us and screwing us up. (Fisher's perspective more from the socio-political and cultural; Seymour's from the socio-technological; they are fine companions.)
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"Seymour strings together a series of observations about our digital anxiety and addiction. He waxes poetic and invokes the spectre of stochastic terror and narcissistic death to illustrate how well-read he is more than to advance a coherent argument. Entrancing prose that devolves into an exercise in scripturient excess" - Amazon Reviewer.
The only addition I would add is that by chapter 3 I thought "this feels like it was written by a Guardian author". Then I looked him up and to very little surprise I was right.
But in the end we have learned nothing new about social media or its pitfalls but we know that Mr. Seymour really wants you to know all of the very important books and poetry he has read. Save yourself some time and watch that well know documentary about social media on that well know streaming platform.
Richard Seymour's style is compelling and entertaining to read. There are many short chapters (or sub chapters) a bit like Sapiens, which really helps you pause and reflect too.
It's a must read. Every year I give the best book I've read that year to about a dozen friends and family - we're up to August and this is definitely the front runner and will take some beating.