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IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives

IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives

by Chris Stedman
IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives

IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives

by Chris Stedman

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Overview

What Does "IRL (In Real Life)" Really Mean in Today's Digital Age?

It's easy and reflexive to view our online presence as fake, to see the internet as a space we enter when we aren't living our real, offline lives. Yet so much of who we are and what we do now happens online, making it hard to know which parts of our lives are real.

IRL, Chris Stedman's personal and searing exploration of authenticity in the digital age, shines a light on how age-old notions of realness—who we are and where we fit in the world—can be freshly understood in our increasingly online lives. Stedman offers a different way of seeing the supposed split between our online and offline selves: the internet and social media are new tools for understanding and expressing ourselves, and the not-always-graceful ways we use these tools can reveal new insights into far older human behaviors and desires.

IRL invites readers to consider how we use the internet to fulfill the essential human need to feel real—a need many of us once met in institutions, but now seek to do on our own, online—as well as the ways we edit or curate ourselves for digital audiences. The digital search for meaning and belonging presents challenges, Stedman suggests, but also myriad opportunities to become more fully human. In the end, he makes a bold case for embracing realness in all of its uncertainty, online and off, even when it feels risky.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506463513
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Chris Stedman is a writer, activist, and professor who currently teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University. He is the creator and host of Unread, named one of the best podcasts of 2021 by Mashable and Vulture. Additionally, Stedman is the author of Faitheist and has written popular essays for outlets including The Guardian, The Atlantic, Pitchfork, BuzzFeed, VICE, and the Washington Post. Previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community, he also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University. Stedman lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and spends a lot of time online.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Amateurs 1

Chapter 2 Anxietweets 11

Chapter 3 In the Stars 25

Chapter 4 Mapping the Territory 75

Chapter 5 Drafting Distance 117

Chapter 6 Inked 163

Chapter 7 The Roles We Play 205

Chapter 8 Uncertaintweets 249

Outro: The Velveteen Habit 299

Acknowledgments 327

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