Digital Culture

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It is 2013 and I am a seventh grader. My history teacher is lecturing us on Medieval Europe, but I'm not listening. As my classmates furiously take notes on the feudal system, my friend Ian and I are focused on something much more important.

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There’s something inherently romantic about the fantasy of leaving the hustle and bustle of a city for the calm, uninhabited serenity of nature.

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It’s hard to imagine a time when watching videos on the internet was not a simple, unified process.

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Emily Montes is 5 years old, TikTok famous and may have just dropped one of the most important albums of the year.

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When we think of live music, we often think of dancing bodies with all eyes focused on the musicians.

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What is a remake? Is it a port? A remaster? Are all these things the same or different?

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By the time I reached 3rd grade, I was in the internet trenches. Deep in the trenches. I’m talking roleplaying “Pokémon” on fansite forums, watching Naruto fan flash animations on Saiyan Island, trying to learn the dance from “Caramelldansen” and consuming dozens of Strong Bad emails on Homestar Runner. According to the record books it was June 21, 2007 when I logged into RuneScape for the first time. I spent the first of what would become thousands of hours glued to the computer. If “Pokémon” roleplay and Naruto fan flashes were the trenches, “RuneScape” was my 9th layer of internet hell.