Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It

Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It

By Kaitlyn Tiffany

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"A thrilling and riotous dive into the world of superfandom, One Direction, and the fangirls who shaped the social internet"--


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Book Information

Publisher: MCD X Fsg Originals
Publish Date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 9780374539184
ISBN-10: 0374539189
Language: English

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June 23, 2022

For those that haven’t lived through the firsthand experience of being in an online fan community, Everything I Need I Get from You offers a well-researched, holistic view of what it means to be a fan. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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One of The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2022. Named one of the best books of 2022 by The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Vanity Fair and TIME. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.

"On the internet, fandom can be a route toward cyberbullying a baby, or it can be a way of figuring some things out about yourself. Sometimes, it can even forge a writer as funny and perceptive as Kaitlyn Tiffany." --Amanda Hess, The New York Times

"Wistful, winning, and unexpectedly funny." --Katy Waldman, The New Yorker

A thrilling dive into the world of superfandom and the fangirls who shaped the social internet.
In 2014, on the side of a Los Angeles freeway, a One Direction fan erected a shrine in the spot where, a few hours earlier, Harry Styles had vomited. "It's interesting for sure," Styles said later, adding, "a little niche, maybe." But what seemed niche to Styles was actually a signpost for an unfathomably large, hyper-connected alternate universe: stan culture. In Everything I Need I Get from You, Kaitlyn Tiffany, a staff writer at The Atlantic and a superfan herself, guides us through the online world of fans, stans, and boybands. Along the way we meet girls who damage their lungs from screaming too loud, fans rallying together to manipulate chart numbers using complex digital subversion, and an underworld of inside jokes and shared memories surrounding band members' allergies, internet typos, and hairstyles. In the process, Tiffany makes a convincing, and often moving, argument that fangirls, in their ingenuity and collaboration, created the social internet we know today. "Before most people were using the internet for anything," Tiffany writes, "fans were using it for everything." With humor, empathy, and an insider's eye, Everything I Need I Get from You reclaims internet history for young women, establishing fandom not as the territory of hysterical girls but as an incubator for digital innovation, art, and community. From alarming, fandom-splitting conspiracy theories about secret love and fake children, to the interplays between high and low culture and capitalism, Tiffany's book is a riotous chronicle of the movement that changed the internet forever.

About the Author

Kaitlyn Tiffany is a staff writer at The Atlantic , where she covers technology and culture. She was previously on the same beat at Vox 's consumer vertical The Goods , after starting her career writing about pop culture, fandom, and online community at The Verge.

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