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Break the Internet

the power of online influencers

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‘This is a book that looks deeply at the commodification of the self, and the increasingly blurred line between leisure and labour … Behind our small screens is an unimaginable vastness, which Break the Internet manages to shape into something understandable, even to the influencer-ignorant such as me … wryly funny.’

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Eleanor Margolis, The Guardian
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Detaljer

Forlag
Scribe Publications
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781912854172
Utgivelsesår
2022
Format
20 x 13 cm
Priser
Business Book Award in the Smart Thinking category 2022

Om forfatteren

Olivia Yallop was a digital strategist and commentator on technology and pop culture, whose book on the rise of the influencer, Break the Internet, was critically acclaimed when it was published in 2021.

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‘This is a book that looks deeply at the commodification of the self, and the increasingly blurred line between leisure and labour … Behind our small screens is an unimaginable vastness, which Break the Internet manages to shape into something understandable, even to the influencer-ignorant such as me … wryly funny.’

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Eleanor Margolis, The Guardian

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‘It is refreshing to read a book that eschews the usual sneering anti-influencer condescension. Break the Internet is devoid of snobbery, placing the emergence of influencers within a wider economic context … persuasive and well-written.’

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James Bloodworth, The Times

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‘Riveting. A dizzying and nuanced deep dive into the evolution of content creation, with extraordinary breadth of research.’

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Pandora Sykes

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‘Olivia Yallop has written the definitive insider account of influencer culture. Break the Internet is erudite, smart, entertaining, and essential.’

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Will Storr, author of <em>Selfie</em>

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‘In 2021 publishers are reckoning with a problem: how do you publish a book about internet culture that doesn’t immediately become outdated? ... Scribe may be the first to find an answer with Break the Internet … A pacy story that’s of the moment but goes beyond it, too.’

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Sarah Manavis, New Statesman

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‘A digital strategist and tech commentator dives into the world of social media influencers … Yallop, who dabbled in influencing before moving to an agency that works in the online space, has plenty of stories involving fantastic numbers, and she writes with clarity and a certain amount of tongue-in-cheek humour … A capable guide takes us on an entertaining, authoritative, and sometimes scary journey.’

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Kirkus Reviews

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Break the Internet will find a broad audience from social media marketers and strategists to teens and young adults.’

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Booklist

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‘Yallop takes us inside the workings of influencers and the ways in which brands and companies can utilise this ready-and-willing corps to help boost their image, reach, and profits. Well-written, engaging, and accessible. This should appeal to anyone with an interest in modern online culture, life, and business/marketing.’

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Stefan Fergus

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‘Yallop is an authoritative guide, balancing her experience at a digital agency … with the necessary critical distance of someone with only a few hundred Instagram followers. Her analysis benefits from being grounded in rigorous, real-world reporting … a comprehensive account of a phenomenon that seems more likely to explode than to go away.’

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Elle Hunt, New Scientist

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‘Rigorous and authoritative.’

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The Week

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‘An immersive study of the last decade’s most divisive profession.’

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Lauren O’Neill, Vice

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‘Lucid, readable, and sometimes alarming.’

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Jane Shilling, Daily Mail

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‘There was lots in it that I didn’t know ... The analysis I really enjoyed was about how we can’t hold back technology, and everything from printing presses to moving trains has freaked the hell out of people, but how fragile and open to misuse influencer follower count values really are.’

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Alexandra Heminsley

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‘The result of Yallop’s immersive investigation is a comprehensive education on influencer culture, its evolution and future … essential reading material for anyone interested in internet culture and a masterclass in engaging non-fiction.’

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Alice Crossley, Reaction

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‘An engaging analysis of online culture, including insights into the dizzying amounts of money influencers make, the decline of traditional media, the philosophy of fame, and the excess and inequality of late capitalism. Consider us influenced.’

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Norton

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‘In Olivia Yallop’s new exploration of this cultural phenomenon, she goes far beyond the typically superficial understandings of what an influencer is — and more importantly — how to become one. A fascinating and whip-smart read, Break the Internet is for anyone who wishes to understand influencer culture and its place within the modern context.’

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Dan Shaw, <i>HappyMag</i>, starred review

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‘[Olivia Yallop is] well placed to deliver on the premise of her fascinating debut book, Break the Internet … [She] takes seriously the often-dismissed “creator economy” while maintaining a journalistic scepticism. Her engaging, authoritative account thus considers the broad swathe of internet culture that falls “under the influencer umbrella”.’

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Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian

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