Narrating these essays depicting three digital daredevils, Liam Gerrard rarely lets his voice deviate from the evenhanded delivery of a professional newscaster. But on occasion, the details are so strange that even Gerrard's professional tone diverges to incredulity. Surrounding each featured Web icon is a smokescreen that blurs each one's essential unlikability. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is an insufferable egotist with bad hygiene and atrocious table manners. Ronald Pimm, O'Hagan's fictional rogue avatar, acquires assault rifles, opioids, and health insurance. The essay about Craig Wright, who claims to be the creator of Bitcoin, repeats the same disturbing point of the previous two: As great as the Web may be at explaining and exposing our world, it's far better at manipulating the truth and cloaking identities. R.W.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2018]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2017
CD ISBN 9781541411692 $37.99 Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1541461697 $24.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $16.99
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