Taylor Lorenz is a technology columnist for The Washington Post's business section covering online culture and the content creator industry. She was previously a technology reporter for The New York Times business section, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast. Her writing has appeared in New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Outside magazine, and more. She frequently appears on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and the BBC. She was a 2019 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is a former affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.
Lorenz has appeared in documentaries on Netflix, Hulu, and HBO including Netflix's Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga, HBO's Fake Famous, and HBO's Glitch: The Rise & Fall of HQ Trivia. In 2020, she helped adapt a feature she wrote for The New York Times into the documentary Who Gets To Be An Influencer?, which ran on FX and Hulu.
Lorenz was named to Fortune's 40 Under 40 list of leaders in Media and Entertainment. Adweek included her in their Young Influentials Who Are Shaping Media, Marketing and Tech listing, stating that Lorenz “contextualizes the internet as we live it.” Town & Country named her to their New Creative Vanguards list of a rising generation of creatives, calling her “The Bob Woodward of the TikTok generation.” In 2023, Lorenz was named tech and media influencer of the year by the World Influencers & Bloggers Association.
A "terrific history of the online creator economy… [Lorenz] is a knowledgeable, opinionated guide to the ways internet fame has become fame, full stop."
“If you want to understand what is happening on the internet, you start by reading Taylor Lorenz.”
"Lorenz is an epic storyteller who burns iridescent in the way her historian-like accumulation of facts help the reader to see bigger trends, and not simply as animating and powerful movements, but why we should care about them."
“Tapping her deep expertise in the subject, Lorenz makes a strong case that creators — not the tech platforms — truly shaped internet culture.”
"Valuable and entertaining... The book is an enlightening history of the pioneers of influencers."
“Fascinating, eye-opening, and unbelievable in equal parts, Extremely Online is a comprehensive witness account of the players, operatives, and principals driving content on the internet today, across platforms and even across entire industries. A must-read for anyone wishing to understand the most arcane conspiracy theories taking up the nation's consciousness to the sweeping cultural changes a rising generation has brought about.”
"A powerful assessment of how logging on has changed the world.... Lorenz accomplishes the difficult feat of wrangling a cogent narrative out of the unruliness of social media, while offering smart insight into how platforms affect their users."
"An expansive look at how social platforms have radically altered literally every aspect of our lives"
"All the cool kids are pre-ordering Lorenz’s book."