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02 love, floppy disks, +
other stuff the internet killed
publication non-fiction purchase 2016

For the generation of young adults who grew up in tandem with the internet, is love—like the floppy disk—a symbol of something now defunct? Is love now a cipher—something that used to exist and has become pure abstraction? Or is it actually the opposite? Is the idea of love so omnipresent in young adults' cultural discourse that they have monumentalized it? What is it about love that the internet killed?

Combining short stories from her own youth with the voices of male and female rappers, anonymous posts on confessional apps (Yik Yak, Secret, Whisper), and demographic data on what’s wrong with millennials, Shields composes a portrait of a generation that feels a everything but doesn’t know what to do about it.