I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It
Stories from an Online Life
By Jess Kimball Leslie
For fans of You're Never Weird on the Internet and I Was Told There'd Be Cake, I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It is part humorous memoir of growing up in the early days of the Internet, part passionate defense of technology and its positive effect on our lives.
I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It is tech analyst Jess Kimball Leslie's hilarious, frank homage to the technology that contributed so significantly to the person she is today. From accounts of the lawless chat rooms of early AOL to the perpetual high school reunions that are modern-day Facebook and Instagram, her essays paint a clear picture: That all of us have a much more twisted, meaningful, emotional relationship with the online world than we realize or let on.
Coming of age in suburban Connecticut in the late '80s and early '90s, Jess looked to the nascent Internet to find the tribes she couldn't find IRL: fellow Bette Midler fans; women who seemed impossibly sure of their sexuality; people who worked with computers every day as part of their actual jobs without being ridiculed as nerds. It's in large part because of her embrace of an online life that Jess is where she is now: happily married, with a wife, son, and dog, and making a living of analyzing Internet trends and forecasting the future of tech. She bets most people would credit technology for many of their successes, too, if they could only shed the notion that it's as a mind-numbing drug on which we're all overdosing.
Jess Kimball Leslie is a rising star in the tech journalism world who writes about technology and the Internet for publications such as Elle, The Hairpin, The Awl, TechCrunch, and others. Jess is an analyst whose work has been commissioned by companies such as American Express, Google, and Samsung; a frequent speaker at large tech conferences; and a regular guest on multiple cable news shows. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife and son.
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27 Apr 2017
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Running Press Adult