Adina Glickstein Parses ‘Neostalgia’ and Extractive Data Horrors

“Offline, I had Starbucks cake pop detritus lodged into my pink-and-purple braces. But on Stardoll.com, I was skisweetie2029, a digital doll with improbably shiny hair and the nose piercing that I always wanted IRL.”
Spike columnist Adina Glickstein, looking for comfort in her digital past. “The temporal horizon recedes in both directions,” she writes about ‘neostalgia’ and extractive data horrors. “The coziness of ‘before’ can eternally be made anew, at profit. But also, undeniably, at cost.”
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