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Essay/Digital Culture
Pornucopia

Critics say that porn degrades women, dulls sexual pleasure, and ruins authentic relationships – are they right?

Maria Konnikova

Essay/Digital Culture
Future reading

Digital books stagnate in closed, dull systems, while printed books are shareable, lovely and enduring. What comes next?

Craig Mod

Essay/Digital Culture
Creepypasta

With a flood of dark memes and viral horror stories, the internet is mapping the contours of modern fear

Will Wiles

Essay/Addiction
Escape from the matrix

The fear of missing out haunts our social networks and our real lives alike. But there is a way to break free

Jacob Burak

Essay/Digital Culture
What good is information?

The internet promised to feed our minds with knowledge. What have we learned? That our minds need more than that

Dougald Hine

Essay/Stories & Literature
Bookish fools

The book has always been a sign of status and refinement; a declaration of self-worth – even for those who hate to read

Frank Furedi

Essay/Beauty & Aesthetics
Rise of the ripped

With bodies sculpted to look like comic-book heroes, today’s muscle men create an impossible template for masculinity

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

Essay/Digital Culture
The ages of distraction

Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it

Frank Furedi

Essay/Digital Culture
Humanist among machines

As the dreams of Silicon Valley fill our world, could the dowdy historian Arnold Toynbee help prevent a nightmare?

Ian Beacock

Essay/Data & Information
Fast-world values

For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?

Judy Wajcman

Essay/Digital Culture
Super excited

Does relentless enthusiasm really help the world, or should generation TED learn to take a more sceptical view?

Julian Baggini

Essay/Digital Culture
Possessed by a mask

Every human culture has used masks for ritual disinhibition, shaming and play. Is being online the ultimate masquerade?

Sandra Newman

Essay/Economics
Ad nauseam

The more we hate it, the more it agrees with us. How advertising turned anti-consumerism into a secret weapon

Adam Corner

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence
Hunger games

A new wave of videogames offers lessons in powerlessness, scarcity and inevitable failure. What makes them so compelling?

Will Wiles

Essay/Stories & Literature
When robots read books

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence

Inderjeet Mani

Essay/Digital Culture
Fact-checking grandma

The internet is rife with myths, scams and hoaxes. When any claim can be checked out, why does fiction still trump fact?

Lyz Lenz

Essay/Digital Culture
Shame on you

Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?

Firmin deBrabander

Essay/Digital Culture
The great escape

Digital technology allows us to lose ourselves in ever more immersive fantasy worlds. But what are we fleeing from?

Damien Walter

Essay/Internet & Communication
I type, therefore I am

More human beings can write and type their every thought than ever before. Something to celebrate or deplore?

Tom Chatfield

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
Status: suicidal

The stigma of depression is lifting on social media, so if suicide is signalled in your newsfeed, should you intervene?

Megan Moreno

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence
Return to Nib’s Knoll

As kids, we make secret worlds – in trees, in our imaginations, even online – but can we go back to them when we’re grown?

Robin Sloan

Essay/Addiction
Cyborg dreams

Gadgets are the first thing we touch in the morning and the last thing we stroke at night. Are we their slaves?

Tom Chatfield

Essay/Art
The arts electric

Digital art and culture mustn’t get caught up in the tools of its making or it will never transport us somewhere new

Tom Uglow

Essay/Art
Sparks will fly

Infatuated by celebrity, stuck in dreary work, addicted to consumerism. Only a creator culture can save us

Damien Walter