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Doppelganger: A Trip Into the Mirror World

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Naomi Klein

14 Hours 47 Minutes


September 2023

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What if you woke up one morning and found you'd acquired a double? Someone almost like you, and yet not you at all?

When Naomi Klein discovered that a woman who shared her first name, but had radically different, harmful views, was getting chronically mistaken for her, it seemed too ridiculous to take seriously. Then suddenly it wasn't. She started to find herself grappling with a distorted sense of reality, becoming obsessed with reading the threats on social media, the endlessly scrolling insults from the followers of her doppelganger. Why had her shadowy other gone down such an extreme path? Why was identity - all we have to meet the world - so unstable?

To find out, Klein decided to follow her double into a bizarre, uncanny mirror world: one of conspiracy theories, anti-vaxxers and demagogue hucksters, where soft-focus wellness influencers make common cause with fire-breathing far right propagandists (all in the name of protecting 'the children'). In doing so, she lifts the lid on our own culture during this surreal moment in history, as we turn ourselves into polished virtual brands, publicly shame our enemies, watch as deep fakes proliferate and whole nations flip from democracy to something far more sinister.

This is a book for our age and for all of us; a deadly serious dark comedy which invites us to view our reflections in the looking glass. It's for anyone who has lost hours down an internet rabbit hole, who wonders why our politics has become so fatally warped, and who wants a way out of our collective vertigo and back to fighting for what really matters.

©2023 Naomi Klein (P)2023 Penguin Audio

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  • Derek J.

    I thought it was an interesting read. But fascinating that at a time of conspiracy theories abounding and ‘anti science’ rhetoric that the current issues of ‘gender’ was conveniently sidestepped. That is apart from a couple of oblique criticisms of those that may have doubts about the claims made in the name of gender ideology. That still seems to be a ‘no go’ area for many writers. But I am reassured that there are still people that can see how many of us have all been conveniently sidetracked and have lost focus on the real issue, which is about the power that wealth brings. The misuse of that power is the biggest issue for any democratic society. But those wealthy people must be laughing all the way to the bank whilst our attention is held by many of the current superficial preoccupations. Maybe it will always be that way. .

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