Better Than IRL: True Stories About Finding Your People On The Untamed Internet

Better Than IRL: True Stories About Finding Your People On The Untamed Internet

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, non-fiction, diverse-authors, Nonfiction, Writing, Science, Autobiography

There once was a time when the internet felt better than IRL.

There once was a time when you could start a blog post with “Dear Magic Hotel” and find a couch to crash on in a town where you didn’t otherwise know anyone.

A time when you could find a place to put the writing that was too personal to print out for your writing group to critique. Which was great, even if you suddenly realised a lot of people were reading about you losing your virginity.

It was the good ol’ days of tweet-ups and meeting fellow nerds and wine lovers. It was a time when the internet meant never having to drink alone.

It was a time when you, a shy and unpopular kid, grew to be relaxed in your own skin and discovered you were famous on the internet, maybe because you got stuck in a hole with your dog and then Twitter had to save you.

It was a time when you could find friends who shared your passion for Digimon, no matter where in the world they were located.

When we felt disconnected or neglected by our partners, during this time we could have friends halfway across the world reach their digital arms around us as we cried.

There once was a time when the internet felt better than IRL. This book is about that time.

Better Than IRL will be a collection of true stories written by people who fostered connection and sharing on the internet. True stories like the ones above, which will all be included in the collection. The book will be personal and hopeful. It won't be nostalgic moaning about how the internet isn't what it once was—it will discuss how it made us into who we are now and how we can take the lessons we learned about inclusion and belonging to be better people going forward. With talented authors from Canada, South Africa, Pakistan, USA, Singapore, UK, and Liberia, the book covers a wide array of experiences with the beginnings of the Web 2.0.

Title:Better Than IRL: True Stories About Finding Your People On The Untamed Internet
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780995716490
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    Better Than IRL: True Stories About Finding Your People On The Untamed Internet Reviews

  • Anaïs

    Uhhhh my essay is in this! But it's also a great book full of amazing writing....

  • Simon

    Compared to most of the contributions to this collection, my own interactions with people on the pre-social media internet were quite basic, but this still kindled a warm glow of nostalgia in me for t...

  • Isabelle

    I've basically been reading this all day instead of doing work and I've laughed and teared-up and it is something very special. ...

  • Tyler

    I backed this on Kickstarter! I'm infamously bad at reviewing anthologies, so suffice it to say that I had a good time. Favorites include the Pyjarmy by Erica Buist, Sommy by Ryan North (who's partici...

  • Emma Morton

    For me it's a 5* - I started going online in 1998/1999 using Netscape & a dial up connection I saved change to pay for. I made an internet friend through a Due South fansite, built my witchcraft knowl...

  • F

    Reading this book was incredibly moving. The aptly chosen essays managed to cover a myriad of experiences from different social, geographical and generational contexts, many of which had a direct impa...

  • Erin Diane

    you know when you wait forever for a book to come out, totally sure it’s going to be right up your alley, and you end up only really liking 1-2 passages from it? that was me, reading this....

  • M.

    This book was an intense roller coaster of emotions that I honestly didn't expect when I Kickstarted it. When I first saw this on Kickstarter, I was incredibly excited, thinking it would be a lighthea...

  • Thomas Hale

    I helped kickstart this! A lovely collection of memoir-essays by a diverse bunch of writers, with stories ranging from falling in love over LiveJournal to processing childhood abuse through the lifeli...

  • Catherine

    A lovely book. Made me nostalgic for the good old days of Livejournal and the friends and communities I had there in my 20s....