The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston, Forge/Macmillan, 352 pages
In his essay “Trial by Fury: Internet Savagery and the Amanda Knox Case,” novelist Douglas Preston examines the darker side of the internet, namely its unabating supply of vicious, anonymous commenters and eternal cache of information, both factual and erroneous. Preston discusses the online vitriol leveled at Knox, who was accused of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007, when the two were studying abroad in Italy. When Preston wrote about his belief in Knox’s innocence — first in the afterword to his 2008 nonfiction book The Monster of Florence, written with Mario Spezi — he was roundly attacked online, particularly after Knox returned to the U.S. in 2011, when her conviction was overturned. (In January, she was again found guilty, based on evidence not presented at the original trial.)
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