By reading this koob, you will learn how modern life, particularly online life, has changed the ways in which individuals think of themselves and the world.
You will also learn that:
Internet life has grown from innocent to conflict-ridden
Capitalism has permeated online life
Mass media determines the appearance of politics
Scams are integral to the millennial experience
Sexual assault is the norm, not the exception on American campuses
The contemporary digital era has been a time of intense change and development for internet users. Original internet life revolved around bespoke personal blogs and web pages, where online community felt like a genuine experience as opposed to the mission statement of social media giants. From these humbler origins, public online life has metastasized into a vibrant, conflict-ridden, and ferociously individualistic place. Jia Tolentino traces the evolution of internet life through the example of her own, illustrating how varying forms of self-delusion, or trick mirrors, have been prompted by the conditions of modern life.