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The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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Well, it happens when the spotlight is switched on over society, regardless of the location or occasion. Bestseller and was adapted for a feature film, a play, a ballet and an opera, selling around 11 million copies worldwide. The author discusses many of the moder day issues relating to social media use such as cancel culture, influencers, political correctness and the woke culture.

Being in my early 40’s I have seen the rise of the World Wide Web and the introduction of social media sites: Hi5, Myspace, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (sorry I never liked Snapchat and I just can’t get into Tik Tok – yet) However in the past two years, especially on Twitter and Instagram stories I’ve noticed a new breed of people cropping up; they are self-righteous, quick to act aggressive if an opinion does not match with theirs and get all their education from memes, which they share and follow as the gospel truth. Spanning five days, the novel is broken up into five parts, each prefaced with a familial memory of the Cleverley’s from bygone days timed in sync with key developments of social media platforms. A rather different book from his previous works that is definitely worth reading, but more of a marmite affair.

When that time come, you'll no doubt be in the best hospitals and receiving the care that I, and most working class people are denied.

After the controversy surrounding Boyne's previous release where he tried to represent the trans community (and to give him the benefit of the doubt - maybe his heart was in the right place?Having only ever intended it as an empathic exploration of transitioning, he found himself accused of “misgendering” and “decentring” and many similarly internet-fuelled misdeeds. They are very hateable but at the same time you see all these other parts of them that are actually good or misinformed or clueless. A very unlikable, though maybe recognizable family for the most part, though they hadn't always been that way.

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