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The Evolution of Social Media with Taylor Lorenz

The Evolution of Social Media with Taylor Lorenz

Well-known reporter, Taylor Lorenz, who covers technology from the user perspective as an authority on Internet culture, joins us to explore her new book, Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet. Taylor takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane beginning with the rise of blogger culture, and weaves through the roads of social media, and how the usage of technology has evolved. From home decor and mommy blogs, to the wild west of Friendster and MySpace, to the rise of YouTube and the uncurated aesthetic of TikTok, we see how the internet has evolved over the past decades, and how it is shaping culture today. 

Special thanks to our guest, Taylor Lorenz, for joining us.

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  • Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
  • Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
  • Production Coordinator: Andrea Champoux

Guest

Guest

Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz is the author of the book Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet, available for pre-order now! She is a technology columnist for The Washington Post's business section. Previously, she was a technology reporter for The New York Times business section, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast. Her writing has appeared in New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Outside magazine, BuzzFeed, and more. She often appears on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and the BBC. She was a 2019 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is a former affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Lorenz was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list of leaders in Media and Entertainment in 2020.Adweek included her in their Young Influentials Who Are Shaping Media, Marketing and Tech listing, stating that Lorenz “contextualizes the internet as we live it.” In 2022, Town & Country magazine named her to their New Creative Vanguards list of a rising generation of creatives, calling her “The Bob Woodward of the TikTok generation.”