kobek author photo 2Why did you write I Hate the Internet?

I Hate the Internet was inspired by four years of living in San Francisco’s Mission District, more or less the high water mark for a flood of the hypergentrifying tech superclass.

 

What was that like?

Awful, like watching someone die of cancer. You could see class warfare on a daily basis, painted in miniature. People who’d lived in the neighborhood forever were being steamrolled by an unending tide of bad taste, money, and designer denim. And the money, almost invariably, came either from web-based advertising revenue or sales of consumer goods built by slaves in China.

i hate the internet covertrigger warning:

Capitalism, the awful stench of men, historical anachronisms, death threats, violence, human bondage, faddish popular culture, despair, unrestrained mockery of the rich, threats of sexual violation, weak iterations of Epicurean thought, the comic book industry, the death of intellectualism, being a woman in a society that hates women, populism, an appalling double entendre, the sex life of Thomas Jefferson, genocide, celebrity, the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand, discussions of race, Science Fiction, anarchism with a weakness for democracy, the people who go to California to die, millennial posturing, 276 pages of mansplaining, Neo-Hellenic Paganism, interracial marriage, elaborately named hippies practicing animal cruelty on goats, unjust wars in the Middle East, 9/11, seeing the Facebook profile of someone you knew when you were young and believed that everyone would lead rewarding lives.