I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It:
Stories from an Online Life
by Jess Kimball Leslie
I was cruising the “Entertainment” section of NetGalley last week, when I stumbled upon I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It by Jess Kimball Leslie. I recently read You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day (which I adored, go read!), and this seemed like a cute follow-on in the same genre.
Jess shares anecdotes over 20+ years, from the late 1980s through present day. She details moments when her life was influenced by or intersected with emerging and popular technologies.
I rated this book three stars for its topic and humor. The writing itself is a bit clunky at times, but the book is very readable and mostly enjoyable. There were a few times the narrative wandered off into random areas, closer to The Devil Wears Prada, but overall, it was a light, confectionery read.
I’m about five years older than Jess, and we seem to have have experienced similar moments with technologies mentioned. From AOL and beyond, it was a virtual trip down memory lane, and I found quite a few of her stories relatable. Some gems included her early experiences of meeting online friends in real life, as well as her observations regarding Twitter and Facebook:
We said nothing meaningful to each other during high school, and we judged each other to be different. Now, on the Internet, we say nothing meaningful to each other again, and we realize we’re all the same.
– I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It, Loc 1535
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