The otherwise laudable Free Press book publisher has joined the ranks of media outlets that profiteer from cheap, gossipy, Facebook criticism. The Boy Kings is an autobiographical account from a Facebook customer service employee of the mildly frat boy behavior of Facebook’s male engineers, disguised as a tell-all investigative forewarning of the social network’s plans for the future. The Grand Canyon-size gap between author Katherine Losse’s apocalyptic claims and the actual examples are extraordinary. In one anecdote, Losse’s friend and fellow engineer, "Thrax," crashed on the floor asleep after working unusually hard. When Thrax’s colleagues praised his work, this was Losse’s explanation:
"It was as if, in the process of building out his technology, he had reached the technologist’s desired state in which he no longer had a human body…This, maybe, was Facebook’s primal scene, the moment when technology consumed the body, reality, and what was left of the physical realm."