Escape: How a generation shaped, destroyed and survived the internet (Hardback)
  • Escape: How a generation shaped, destroyed and survived the internet (Hardback)

Escape: How a generation shaped, destroyed and survived the internet (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 01/09/2022
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'Fifteen years ago, the internet felt like a special place my friends and I had built for each other; by 2020, we were standing on its ruins, wondering if we'd played a part in its destruction.'

Journalist Marie Le Conte was born in 1991, the same year the World Wide Web was invented. She had her first blog at twelve, a successful music website at fifteen, a Wikipedia page at seventeen and now, at thirty, over 80,000 followers on Twitter. From MSN, Tumblr and MySpace, to chat rooms, forums and blogs; Marie is part of the millennial generation that grew up while the internet was growing up with them.

Where did it go all wrong? How did the internet go from a place where you went to escape real life to where real life is shaped? A place where you could be yourself and find like-minded people to a world of filters and ads? A place we are all now desperately trying to escape from?

Escape is a fascinating exploration of the rise and demise of the internet. It's a look back on the platforms, the people and the online places. It's an analysis of the lessons being online has taught us, how the internet has changed us - and a celebration of the tools it gives us to feel less alone. The online generation have forever altered the world we live in, but is the internet still a place for the people that shaped it?

Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788705158
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 29 mm


'Marie Le Conte is one of the most compelling thinkers we have on the internet age and what it's doing to us. She's truly lived it, and her scars are memorably and fascinatingly described in Escape.' - WILL STORR

'A great dissection of how the internet fundamentally messed up the generations.' - MOLLIE GOODFELLOW

'A sharply intelligent, funny and necessary look at how the internet is affecting us all. Whether you're extremely online or hate Twitter (or both), this is a fascinating read.' - STEVIE MARTIN

'Marie Le Conte is the voice of the generation. Escape is exposing, enthralling and deeply personal reading for all of us who grew up online. Capturing the joy and pain of teenage angst against the freedom and horror of the World Wide Web, this book is urgent reading for anyone trying to understand their own past, and the internet's future.' - FERN RIDDELL

'An enjoyable book that hits on an interesting question.' - Financial Times

'A thoughtful book' - New Scientist

'[Escape] reads like a long and clever email from a friend' - The Canberra Times

'Escape is a smart and funny analysis of a very modern phenomenon.' - New Humanist

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“A quick, interesting read”

Marie Le Conte's memoir-like exploration of the internet is a quick and interesting dive into the internet and everything that comes with that. Le Conte, as she mentions repeatedly throughout the book, has been... More

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“An enjoyable and informative read!”

This book explores the beginning of the internet and the way that young people used it as a social space in the 90s/early 2000s. The writing is very open and conversational. I couldn't relate too much because... More

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