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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.”
Kaitlyn Tiffany is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers technology and internet culture. She was previously on the same beat at Vox’s consumer culture vertical, The Goods, after starting her career writing about pop culture, fandom, and online community at The Verge. She lives in Brooklyn.
Tiffany will be in conversation with Kyle Chayka, a contributing writer at The New Yorker, where he writes a column on digital culture, and is the author of The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism.