I really think this should be read by more people, mental health specialists even, just so more people can understand the trauma that using the internet causes.
A downloadable book
VERY ONLINE is a digital anthology of art and writing about bad times on the internet. it features 9 artists and 13 writers' articulations of fear, danger, isolation and grief on the internet, pushing beyond the tired warnings of 'stranger danger' and 'phone bad' to get into the gruesome, grieving and gleeful reality of being very online.
computer worms! deep sea eels! flies on eyes!
online poker! squishy asmr! teen martyrs!
isolation! repression! obsession!
OMEGLE! TUMBLR! DREAMWIDTH! TWITTER! AO3! YOUTUBE!
HELL ON LINE!
by Bronagh Dowling & James Hudson
“i downloaded everlong by the foo fighters off limewire and all i got was this shitty virus” by Bronagh Dowling
“Dog Pile” by Jess Dunne
“Keep the Homefire Burning” illustration by Emma Woods
Untitled by Wincenty Kocima
“saints 4 free” by Emma Woods
“Phishing” by Jordyn Weixel
“Safety Eject” by Carmilla Mary Morrell
“Sad Girl” by Kate Escolin
“My Adventures with Omegle” by Hal Schrieve
Excerpt from “What Happens Next” by Max Graves
“Tumblr Friends” by Hal Schrieve
“I am telling you again your form is broken” by Siobhan Dunlop
“Doomscrolling” by Siobhan Dunlop
“Dead Dove Do Not Eat” by Roisin Byrne
“Transfeminine Car Crash” by Fishiphus
“Opabinia” by Ashely Adams
“ASMR, Synergy and You.” by Shauna Smullen
“Keep the Homefire Burning” by Lara Welch
"Youngbloods in the Gig Economy" by Antonious Blockhead
“Lurker” by Amelia Ranger
“The Pipeline” by Jem Nash
“MEAT_SPACE” by S.T.
“I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (And Neither Can You)” by Gretchen Felker-Martin
“This journal has been deleted and purged” by Lol Cuthbert
“An Idiot Abroad” by Cal Ó Muirí
please take a copy for free if you need. or take a free copy now and pay for it later. i've done that, it's fine. each VERY ONLINE contributor was paid €20 out of pocket; any payments will go towards reimbursing that cost.
background art is the poster to cam (2018)
cover photo is from some graphic design promo photoshoot for tumblr dot com
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