Nancy Jo Sales joins amazing Pandoland lineup in Chicago
It’s been difficult to move in the media world in the last few weeks without hearing about Nancy Jo Sales incredible best selling book “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.”
Sales spent years traveling through the US and speaking with teenage girls as young as 13 about their use of social media and their lives generally. The result is a compelling and far reaching book that talks about the implications of selfies, Kim Kardashian, online porn, and nearly every other tech-enabled cultural trend on girls’ experience coming of age in America right now.
The book is disturbing, yes. But it’s also encouraging. Many of the girls are impressive in their resilience, while many struggle to know how to navigate the pressures being put on them. The book is not just required reading if you are a parent-- it’s required reading if you make your living building these things.
That’s why we’re elated to announce that Sales will join us on stage at Pandoland for a fireside chat.
Sales is an award winning journalist who writes for Vanity Fair and has a long history as a reporter on issues surrounding the intersection of women, culture and technology. Her previous book, “The Bling Ring: How A Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World”, was made into a film, and her explosive Vanity Fair piece on Tinder lead to a bizarre Tweet storm and pathetic attempts to smear her after the fact.
Sales is our type of journalist: She digs deep to find a story others are only guessing at and doesn’t hesitate to tell a story that may make powerful people incredibly uncomfortable.
This conversation will be worth the ticket price alone.