5 best book on social media by Chris Stokel-Walker
Posted on April 20 2023
Chris Stokel-Walker, author of TikTok Boom, has created this list of the five best books on social media. To purchase any of these books or read more about them, please check out our list on Bookshop.org.
No Filter: How Instagram Transformed Business, Celebrity and Culture by Sarah Frier
Rightly praised as business book of the year when it was published, this inside story of how Instagram came to be is chock full of colour and well worth a read.
Everything I Need I Get From You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It by Kaitlyn Tiffany
Many books tell the story of social media from a top-down point of view, profiling the business leaders who build the apps. But this book takes a bottom-up approach, showing how social media is crafted as much by its users than anyone else.
TikTok Boom: China's Dynamite App and the Superpower Race for Social Media by Chris Stokel-Walker
I'm biased, but with TikTok as one of the most important apps currently dominating social media - and a good share of our geopolitics - my book on the app's origins and how it changed society is a good primer.
An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination by Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang
The big blue app now reaches into every part of our digital lives, and this book by two of the best tech journalists around explains how it came to be such a pre-eminent part of how we live.
The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World by Max Fisher
This book takes a sweeping look at how social media and our usage of it is shaping our attitudes to each other - and not always for good.