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The Chaos Machine


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Max Fisher is an international reporter and columnist for The New York Times. He has reported from five continents on conflict, diplomacy, social change and other topics. He writes The Interpreter, a column exploring the ideas and context behind major world events. A weekly newsletter of the same name features original reporting and insights. He is based in New York.Before joining The Times in 2016, he launched several web-based projects aimed at expanding the audience for foreign news. This included, in 2011, an international news vertical for The Atlantic magazine; in 2012, the Washington Post's foreign news blog, WorldViews; and, in 2014, as one of the founding editors of Vox.com.


Social media isn't just changing our lives. It's changing the world, and even its creators and would-be overseers have only the foggiest ideas about how. In this meticulously reported, grippingly told account, Max Fisher chases the results across continents, and paints a disturbing picture of not just where we are, but where we're going. The Chaos Machine is an essential book for our times * Ezra Klein, author of the New York Times bestseller Why We're Polarized *
Max Fisher blends together deep reporting, riveting stories, and a global canvas in this gripping and definitive work on the damage wrought by social media. The Chaos Machine is essential reading if you want to understand a force that is reshaping the world and the very real consequences it is having on people everywhere * Ben Rhodes, author of the New York Times bestseller The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House Date *
In this timely book, Max Fisher reveals how powerful social-media giants set all of humanity on an alternative course to the future. The Chaos Machine boldly exposes how a few technology companies chose profit over people, helped spread salacious misinformation, and ultimately ripped the fabric of society apart. I hope everyone will read this important investigation with an open mind, because we must choose a different path forward, and fast * Amy Webb, author of The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity *
Well argued, engaging and often necessarily discomfiting * Irish Independent *
A stark warning about the extent to which Facebook et al distort our perception of reality * Guardian *
Fisher's book brings us face to face with chaos machines and their ruinous human consequences - Literary Review

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