White (Nonfiction) - liking Summary & Analysis

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In liking, Ellis criticizes the need for people to be liked. He presents Facebook as a corporation in which its users are encouraged to present acceptable, likable versions of themselves. In the world of Facebook, he contends that those who do not like but instead criticize are categorized as trolls and haters.

Ellis describes the power of being liked and accepted when he remembers how he was haunted by the response of his partner, Jim, when Jim read a portion of American Psycho. Jim told Ellis that he was going to get into trouble for the violence in a rape and murder scene. Ellis believed that would not be the case but was still disturbed by Jim’s dislike of the section. His friend turned out to be right. His first publishing company canceled the book because they believed it was so offensive. The...

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