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The I in the Internet - Part 1

'How did the internet get so bad?’ asks Jia Tolentino in this essay. She recalls her youthful love of the internet and argues it's now ‘openly torturous’.

'How did the internet get so bad?’ asks Jia Tolentino in this wide ranging and thought provoking essay. She recalls her youthful love of the internet, the thrill she felt aged 10, when she created her first blogs (including an FAQ page) and considers life now when the internet is inescapable and, she argues ‘openly torturous’. While admitting that she has benefited from the internet's focus on opinion she explores the impact of living our lives online, claiming that even people who don't interact with social media directly cannot escape its influence.

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Beyond Today: Jia Tolentino: is the internet fuelling self-delusion?

Beyond Today: Jia Tolentino: is the internet fuelling self-delusion?

The New Yorker writer on living life online.