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Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online Paperback – 7 Jul 2016
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"Emma Gannon is a voice of humour, truth and resilience in the parched internet landscape. I adore her presence online and off" (Lena Dunham)
"A must read!" (Zoella (Zoe Sugg))
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When she announced she was writing a book about her experience of growing up online I pre-ordered it as soon I could.
I read it in one sitting. From discovering chatrooms in her early teens, to thoughts on internet porn, being a social media addict and the role the internet plays in her working life Ctrl Alt Delete is a smart, funny and accessible memoir. A must read for social media lovers!
Stand out quotes include:
"If I were to give Virginia Woolf's quote a little millennial update I'd say 'a woman must have money and an online space of her own'."
"We are so starved of sexual content written for women by women that millions went to the cinema to see Jamie Dornan spank someone and give them an iPad in return. We're not asking for much, here."
She’s only a couple of years younger than me but the world she describes varies from familiar to terrifyingly alien. In the first two of her series of essays about her relationship with the internet, she depicts the stresses of MSN conversations and selecting the perfect profile picture – not just for strangers but for people at school, for friends-of-friends, for people you know – as well as the thoroughly unpleasant experience of having private messages to a boy shared publicly. And all this before she turns fifteen.
Gannon is perfectly pitched as the person to illustrate how earlier online communications paved the way for the tangled and problematic mess of social media today (even though she is very much a fan of it) – just on the cusp of that point where it was the norm for online identities to be linked to your real-world ones, rather than being completely separate.
As she grows up ‘with’ various different social networks, she emphasises the power there is in staying on top of new trends and new apps – something which sounds completely exhausting, but seems to be what she loves. She also addresses the trickiness of discussing issues online, especially feminism. It’s more breezy than thoughtful, perhaps in part because she’s more used to blogging, but as a quick read about internet culture for young people, it works.
On a more serious note, this book touches on some very important issues, but always in such a tactful way. The effect of the internet and social media on the confidence and self-esteem of young people is serious and real. Gannon engages with these issues with passion, but without ever being too pushy or political, which I found to be very refreshing. I have recommended this book to many of my friends, but particularly those with daughters. I expect this book to stimulate some interesting debates about the pressures the internet (in its various guises) places on us all, but particularly our young people, and the ways in which we can alleviate, or at least negate, some of the insecurities that might result.
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