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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))
About the Author
Emma Gannon is an award-winning blogger, writer, podcaster and digital marketer.
She has written for numerous media outlets, including The Sunday Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Stylist, Grazia, Independent, Thought Catalog, Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Hello Giggles and Time Out. She is the former social media editor at The Debrief and British GLAMOUR.
She founded a popular culture blog in 2010, which can be found at emmagannon.co.uk, and was nominated for a Cosmopolitan Award in 2012 and won Highly Commended in the Young Person's Recognition at the 2015 National Blog Awards. Her blog newsletter has been named a "must-follow" by Harper's Bazaar, The Debrief and Grazia.
Emma has spoken on Sky News, at Social Media Week London, Facebook's Marketing Conference, the Turkish Blog Awards, Cheltenham Literary Festival and is a regular guest lecturer at the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design about the power of social media.
Most recently, Emma's podcast 'Ctrl Alt Delete' hit number 16 in the iTunes charts on its first week of release and features guests such as Elizabeth Gilbert and Zoella.
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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.
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."
This book is a great read, very open and honest and I had not given much thought previously to what it must be like to navigate your way through adolescence online.
Emma's story is much more than this though and really admire how she has forged her way and stayed true to herself throughout her career (thusfar).
I do believe the way we work and manage our careers is changing and Emma is a great new voice in this shifting environment.
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Just as an FYI, I did order a print copy of the book....so still a little bit old.....
Recommend it to everyone - but especially keep a copy for the teenagers in your life when they're having that day when they're cringing because of THAT photo on social media. We all did stupid things, and we're all gonna be alright.
Absolutely fantastic, will re-read before the end of the year, couldn't recommend it highly enough.