As she explores this new world, she is captivated by being able to speak to people from different countries at the same time.
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Despite the pulpy title and cover, the book narrates a deeply unsettling and tumultuous year – 1995 to 1996 – Carol spent exploring ‘cyberspace’, spanning from an initial period of self-discovery and experimentation to internet addiction.
Carol’s marriage ends, she enters numerous new romances, moves from Melbourne to Perth, and then travels from Perth to San Francisco to meet her online ‘soulmate’. The internet is a ‘virtual’ space for identity exploration, experimental anonymity and text-based intimacy.
But after breakfast, I spend too much time checking emails and Twitter in that first crucial hour, and so, throughout the rest of the morning I am distracted.
I feel compelled, in an almost physical way, to check my email and Twitter at the end of every task.
It is a day when compulsion is getting the better of me.