Join us for an in-person event with technology columnist Taylor Lorenz for the launch of her new book Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, & Power on the Internet. This event will be hosted in the Strand Book Store's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway on 12th Street.
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Acclaimed Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz presents a groundbreaking social history of the internet-revealing how online influence & the creators who amass it have reshaped our world, online & off.
For over a decade, Taylor Lorenz has been the authority on internet culture, documenting its far-reaching effects on all corners of our lives. Her reporting is serious yet entertaining & illuminates deep truths about ourselves & the lives we create online. In her debut book, Extremely Online, she reveals how online influence came to upend the world, demolishing traditional barriers & creating whole new sectors of the economy. Lorenz shows this phenomenon to be one of the most disruptive changes in modern capitalism.
By tracing how the internet has changed what we want & how we go about getting it, Lorenz unearths how social platforms' power users radically altered our expectations of content, connection, purchasing, & power. Lorenz documents how moms who started blogging were among the first to monetize their personal brands online, how bored teens who began posting selfie videos reinvented fame as we know it, & how young creators on TikTok are leveraging opportunities to opt out of the traditional career pipeline. It's the real social history of the internet.
Emerging seemingly out of nowhere, these shifts in how we use the internet seem easy to dismiss as fads. However, these social & economic transformations have resulted in a digital dynamic so unappreciated & insurgent that it ultimately created new approaches to work, entertainment, fame, & ambition in the 21st century.
Extremely Online is the inside, untold story of what we have done to the internet, & what it has done to us.
Taylor Lorenz is a technology columnist for The Washington Post's business section covering online culture. Previously, she was a technology reporter for The New York Times business section, The Atlantic, & The Daily Beast. Her writing has appeared in New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Outside magazine, Fast Company, & more. She often appears on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, & the BBC. She was a 2019 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University & is a former affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Lorenz was named to Fortune's 40 Under 40 list of leaders in Media & Entertainment in 2020. Adweek included her in their Young Influentials Who Are Shaping Media, Marketing & Tech listing, stating that Lorenz contextualizes the internet as we live it. In 2022, Town & Country magazine named her to their New Creative Vanguards list of a rising generation of creatives, calling her The Bob Woodward of the TikTok generation. She lives in Los Angeles, & you can follow her @TaylorLorenz on Instagram, TikTok, & YouTube.
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