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What if you told the truth and the whole world heard you? What if you lived in a country swamped with Internet outrage? What if you were a woman in a society that hated women?

Set in the San Francisco of 2013, I Hate the Internet offers a hilarious and obscene portrayal of life amongst the victims of the digital boom. As billions of tweets fuel the city's gentrification an
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by We Heard You Like Books (first published February 7th 2016)
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Jeremy
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-fiction
If Kurt Vonnegut and Michel Houellebecq had a kid and that kid was raised in the bay area circa 2012, they would have produced something like this.

Here, at last, is the full frontal, humanistic assault on our digitized age which older, more venerable writers are simply too tired, or too out of touch to make. By reminding us of a simple fact, namely, of who really controls and makes money off of the internet, Kobek clears out years of bullshit, techno-utopian thinking. Online activism, tumblr soc
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Ryan Bradford
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
20% of this book is profound in a way that genuinely inspires
10% is profound in a way that baits pseudo-intellectuals by giving them something they can righteously echo.
20% is your activist college roommate who makes a lot of sense until you realize he's no fun
5% is straight-up GTFO
5% is despair that not enough people will read this because no one reads anymore :(
10% makes you feel bad for existing right now
20% is really, really funny
10% is enraging

It's far from a perfect book, but I'd recomm
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Anastasja Kostic
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Lista utisaka o ovoj knjizi u stilu Buzzfeed liste, jer pokušavam da napravim eksperiment, da li sve što se napiše u ovakvom ili sličnom formatu izgubi svaki smisao. Ako ste čitali knjigu biće vam jasno zašto se ovo pitam jer:

1.Da nisam pročitala sinopsis na poleđini uopšte mi ne bi bilo jasno o čemu se radi u ovoj knjizi.

2.Jedino što je zanimljivo u vezi ove knjge je njen naslov i korice. (FOTO) (VIDEO)

3.Autor ove knjige ne veruje u moć reči i njihov značaj ,al gle sad ovaj obrt , bavi se PISA
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Meike
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, 2017-read
This novel does make you feel like you're surfing from one hyperlink to the next, or like pacman eating away liberal ruminations on a gigantic discussion board - but does this make for a good book?

Let’s talk about the story: There is none. Well, there are some recurring characters, but it’s not like this book is about them, they just serve the purpose to string together random internet- and silicon valley-related anecdotes, facts, and opinions. Some of them are new and interesting, most of them
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Bezimena knjizevna zadruga
Kad se oslobodite potrebe da ovome dajete nepotreban smisao, ili još nepotrebniju vrednost, kada prestanete da tražite ikakvu povezanost u priči koje ionako nema, kada i ako dozvolite autoru da vas izrešeta ovom raskupusanom gomilom teško svarljivih i još teže porecivih istina o svakodnevici koju živimo, ovo bi moglo biti urnebesno zabavno. Meni jeste.
Davno se nisam ovako zabavljao čitajući najrazličitije vrištajuće utiske čitalaca ovde na sajtu, još od časova književnosti na kojima smo kao nezr
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Katrin
Oct 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I seriously could not finish this. This book has so many raving reviews. So, maybe I did not get the irony, but not only did I find it pretty unreadable but also quite pretentious.
Tosh
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
San Francisco has always been an odd city to me. There are many wonderful things about it, but then the technology internet companies moved in, and sort of changed the landscape from the literary beats with great bars to Google world. Yet the city houses one of the great bookstores in the world, the iconic (rightfully so) City Lights, but alas, the literary tradition does continue on, which is Jarett Kobek's novel "I Hate The Internet." Yet, the novel doesn't prowl through the streets of Dashell ...more
Jaclyn Crupi
I do hate the internet and I also kind of hated this book. I like my satire razor sharp and clever and with this book I felt like Kobek was hitting me over the head with the satire stick. I found his approach exhausting and repetitive. It's possible I'm just too old for this (I don't have Twitter or Snapchat) and I'm sure millenials will eat it up. What was so frustrating was in amongst all the exhausting hardwork attempts at biting satire there were moments of complete genius. But you have to s ...more
Jeroen
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty fantastic.

This is the first book I've read which genuinely succeeds in a complete critique of the Internet and its effect on its denizens. It succeeds, probably, because it employs its language. Its currency is a tweet-sized cleverness, paragraphs whittled down to declarative one-liners which return all the time, as if the author is merely retweeting himself. Within the book Kobek has already captured the inevitable backlash it will receive, and when he describes his own work as a "bad no
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Puella Sole
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evo jedne lijepo osmišljene svaštare o svaštari nad svaštarama - internetu. Negdje pročitah da je Kobek spoj Vonegata i Uelbeka i to mi je bilo dovoljno da poželim da pročitam ovu knjigu. Ima li istine u tome? U određenoj mjeri - svakako. Šta je Kobek ovdje strpao? Šta nije? U glavni tok radnje, koji prati ilustratorku stripova Adelajn, utkano je zaista mnogo toga o seksizmu i rasizmu, intelektualnoj svojini i konzumerizmu, društvenim mrežama i njihovim korisnicima, marketingu i slobodi govora, ...more
Grimizna Iya
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ono kad sva ona mišljenja koja inače možeš pročitati na internetu odštampaš na papiru, i onda to bude više kul nego da ih objaviš na fejsbuku. I onda kad ti i ja koji čitamo ovo i slažemo se s ovim budemo više kul samima sebi zato što čitamo skup reciklirani papir. Inače, odlična knjiga. Obeležila sam jedno 20ak strava citata, koje ću da koristim u narednom periodu da objavljujem postove na Internetu da bih privukla pažnju koju ne mogu (još) da naplatim. Super koktel zanimljivih informacija o st ...more
Blair
Narrated in a wry, staccato, explanatory style, I Hate the Internet is a sort of non-novel – it has the bones of a plot, and features fictional characters (but many more real people), and things happen, but what it really is is an enraged (and knowingly hypocritical) cri de coeur against capitalism, sexism, racism, materialism, gentrification, literary fiction, San Francisco, Ayn Rand, the US government, and, yes, the internet. The internet is, variously, 'an excellent way to distribute child po ...more
Gorgona Grim
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Na momente presmešna, u nekoliko navrata bolno dosadna, da bi na kraju ispalo očekivano. Ipak, dobar rent volim više nego išta, tako da je nervni slom jednog od likova u foto finišu dodao po koju zvezdicu.

Verovatno najveća mana jeste količina nasumičnosti i preskakanja u radnji, jednostavno postane zamorno i dosadno. Ono što se meni posebno sviđa jeste tema interneta i kako je on promenio svet u proteklih 40ak godina, kako se te promene odražavu na ljude i njihove socijalne navike, a potom kako
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Marijana
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh jedva sam je završila. Pošto nas sam autor u nekoliko navrata podseća da je ovo loš roman, ne bih mu protivrečila. Da sam sakupila drage tviteraše, napisali bi bolju knjigu o hejtovanju interneta, jer ovo je upravo to - našao se jedan hejter koji pritom misli da je popio svu pamet sveta i da može da napiše nešto. Pretenciozno i na momente dosadno. Neću ni da pričam o lažnom moralu. Da se razumemo, nije me dirnuo u živac, ne osuđujem ga što je isprozivao sve i svašta - osuđujem ga što mu je i ...more
Aleksandar Šegrt
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
jedini razlog što kobeku nisam dao maksimalnu ocenu je forma. knjiga je napisana nekako blogerski, a ja stvarno mrzim blog. što se sadržaja tiče, mislim da bi ovo trebao da pročita svako ko ima ambiciju da razume svet u kome živimo.
Simon
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit. I love this book so god damn much .

Finally someone has said everything I've been thinking for the last three years living in San Francisco and they've done it with such style and such wit I can't even believe it.

It's hard to describe what this book is. Maybe sort of kind of a whirling vortex-like omniscient rant/narration of the year 2013 that consumes everything it touches and converts it via hate and intelligence into the darkest purest critique and comedy of late capital millenni
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Ms_prue
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book of existentialism I have ever read. Now I just have to work through the despair and figure out how to get on with the rest of my life.
Oskars Kaulēns
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
spēcīga polemika par virtuālo "es", no kura neviens no mums nav pasargāts. asi, dzēlīgi un par lietu.
Zachary Romano jr.
This book is more a screed than a novel, and wow, what a mixed bag. Jarret Kobek uses a variety of characters as mouthpieces for his opinions on how the Internet is the culmination of a long tradition of content creators being screwed out of the fruits of their labor and how internet-driven discourse is not only totally FUBAR but is an amplifier of the FUBARred-ness of our already FUBAR society. Kobek's arguments and observations are occasionally insightful if not particularly well-developed (e. ...more
Max Urai
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
After reading a lot of what Kobek mockingly calls "good fiction", this book felt like a splash of cold water in the face. Kobek has about zero interest in what are normally considered the hallmarks of good books, like lyrical descriptions of houses and parks or meditations on history. His book is deliberately simple in style, with lots of repetitions and explanations about just how Fucked the modern world really is, with people everywhere going lonely and destroying each other over social media ...more
David Pimenta
“A Internet constituía um montão imenso de ideologias, declaradas e implícitas, que reflectiam os valores sociais dos seus vários criadores. Alguns desses homens acreditavam na liberdade de expressão. Outros tinham medo dos russos. E outros acreditavam apenas no dinheiro.”

Todo o enredo, caracterizado pelo narrador como um “mau romance”, tem início a partir do momento em que uma das protagonistas, Adeline, comete um dos maiores pecados do século XXI, ao discursar para uma plateia de alunos da áre
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Jim
Unsure, So does wanting to read this book make me a
-a Hipster?
-a Anti-Hipster?
-a Closet-Hipster?
-a Hipster Wannabe?
-Just some confused Middle Aged Guy?
* Feel free to offer your opinion
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Looking forward to this book.
It seems strange to link to these Internet Book Reviews

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/boo...

http://www.salon.com/2016/02/11/hatin...

http://www.compulsivereader.com/2016/...

http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/I...

Dutton Kearney
Jul 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like an average five year Twitter account--mostly drivel, but every once in a while there are some perfect one-liners about San Francisco. It reads like a watered-down mashup of R. F. Laird's The Boomer Bible and Kurt Vonnegut at his most repetitive.

That being said, the book's constant refrain of Twitter/Google/Facebook/Apple making money off of us making idiots of ourselves as we search for idiocy, stream idiocy, and bask in that narcissistic idiocy is dead on. But we didn't need a novel to sa
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Danilo
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jako dobra zapažanja i napisano na originalan način sa neočekivanim primerima i situacijama. Ali stil pisanja mi nije legao, ne znam da li se nešto izgubilo u prevodu, ali ne bih rekao da je to. Mislim da je pisac namerno išao na haotičan stil i humor koji i nije uvek smešan.
Opet, mislim da vredi pročitati jer daje jednu novu dimenziju interneta i njegovog uticaja na naše živote. Sve to mi već znam, ali lep je kad nam neko to sve saspe u facu.
Kristīne
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vienīgais labums no interneta ir Googlei un Feisītim, jo viņi no jūsu darbībām pelna naudu.
Pickle Farmer
I first heard of this book because I read an interview with the author online. The interview was basically a scathing rant that I found hysterically funny, so I read this book to find more of the same. In that sense the book doesn't disappoint. It's basically a howl in the dark. Reading this for character or plot is not the best mindset with which to approach it. I read it because I enjoyed reading sentences like "Miley Cyrus' songs were about the same six subjects of all songs by all pop stars: ...more
Craig
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jarett Kobek is not a genius, nor was Gilles Deleuze, but the latter had a moment when he wrote, "It is not the slumber of reason that engenders monsters, but vigilant and insomniac rationality," and the former seemingly tapped into a spectral intelligence when he wrote ATTA, henceforth being held to this impossibly high standard when he wants to address the organization of daily living in his works that have followed. I Hate the Internet is a shout from the Mission rooftops to the zombies cradl ...more
Kai Schreiber
Well. This rant against the current incarnation of web spirit is so clearly modeled on Vonnegut in style and content that it's impossible not to notice how the major ingredient that made Vonnegut's ramblings cohere and transcend is sorely lacking in this one: heart. It is not enough to declare everyone a dumb asshole in a semi-poetic recurring chant, nor to create pessimistic lists of the frustrating mechanisms of existence, to create something positive.

While this book is funny at times, and ha
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Keith
Well, who doesn’t? If you don’t Jarett Kobek delivers many scorched earth reasons why you should. His flaming declarations encompass not just the Internet but the casual racism and sexism of modern American society, the passé existence of modern literary fiction, how Marvel comics screwed Jack Kirby, why we’re in thrall to advertising and, in particular, the utter destruction of San Francisco, America’s most beautiful city, by the depredations of modern technology.

The book has an odd structure
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Colin
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long, entertaining rant about the impact of the Internet on our daily lives, disguised as a novel. The blurb describes this bloke as "Kurt Vonnegut for the Twitter Age" and that's pretty accurate. His prose style mimics Vonnegut in every way: the layering, the short sentences, the little asides explaining some aspect of politics or everyday life. His voice comes across as a bit more cynical though, not as warm, more smartarsey. At times it became a little annoying, like when he spends more time ...more
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“The illusion of the internet was the idea that the opinions of powerless people, freely offered, had some impact on the world. This was, of course, total bullshit.” 7 likes
“The Internet was a wonderful invention. It was a computer network which people used to remind other people that they were awful pieces of shit.” 6 likes
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