Kars's Reviews > Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right

Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle
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really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, politics, sociology

This book pairs surprisingly well with Surveillance Valley. Nagle argues there is nothing inherently liberatory about transgressive cultural production, just like Levine in Surveillance Valley argues there is nothing inherently good about the internet as a technology. Nagle takes no prisoners and is equally dismissive of the identitarian left (or Tumblr left, as she aptly dubs it). She calls for the invention of something truly new, and seems to suggest there is something to be salvaged from the more old-school materialist position. I'm sympathetic to this view, and I can only salute her for creating such a thorough field guide to what a new new left (sic) is going up against online. My only gripe would be that the writing seems rushed in places, and the editing somewhat shoddy. A shame, really, because this is a good read.

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Reading Progress

June 18, 2017 – Shelved
June 18, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
June 18, 2017 – Shelved as: non-fiction
May 11, 2018 – Started Reading
May 20, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: politics
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: sociology

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Alper Çuğun I've read no shortage of criticism of this book to the point where I came to think that it's intellectually unsalvageable. You read any of that?

Kars I saw some uncharitable goodreads reviews but that’s about it. Any critical reviews in particular you can point me to?

Kars As a reportage of the recent culture wars I think it holds up pretty well. I can imagine left liberals not being very pleased with her take on their online vanguard though. But that barely qualifies as “intellectually unsalvageable”.

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