The Secret Life

The Secret Life

Three True Stories of the Digital Age

Book - 2017
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From the award-winning author of The Illuminations , a significant and timely work of non-fiction by one of the most important writers of his generation.

Julian Assange, a man who, five years ago, seemed to herald a new, enlightened form of democracy -- until, that is, the apparent heroism of WikiLeaks became compromised by his hubris and paranoia. Satoshi Nakamoto, another man who radically reshaped the business of information and secrecy on a global scale. He is known as the elusive inventor of Bitcoin, but who is the real Satoshi -- a lone wolf or a collective of individuals with the talent to reimagine the financial wheel? And Ronald Pinn, a man who does not exist at all, except in the furthest, darkest reaches of O'Hagan's internet use. Driven by an interest in the ease with which it is possible to create an identity in an online world, O'Hagan journeys into the dark web where everything -- sex, drugs, guns -- is for sale.
The Secret Life is about these elusive individuals, written in three individual yet deeply connected essays. It is a dazzling book about the porousness between genius and madness, between fact and fiction. It is about nothing less than modern personality in the digital age.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, McClelland & Stewart,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780771072512
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 O'Ha
Characteristics: 260 pages


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Jan 30, 2019

Mildly interesting.

debwalker Aug 12, 2017

3 vivid portraits from the dark Web. Unlovely detail about Julian Assange. "He didn't once take his dirty plate to the sink.". Guess that's for the little people aka women.

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