The Social Self

Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face

In a world of increasingly sophisticated facial-recognition technology, a drastic technique can throw the machines off your trail.

How Secret Societies Stay Hidden On the Internet

How Secret Societies Stay Hidden On the Internet

Inside the surreal recruitment process of a legendary club—or something like it—at New York University

The Secret to That Potato-Salad Kickstarter Campaign's Success

The Secret to That Potato-Salad Kickstarter Campaign's Success

Most of the money came from people who gave $35 to $49. 

How to Invent a Person Online

How to Invent a Person Online

Is it possible to be truly anonymous in the digital world?

Abbey Road's Photographic Echo

Abbey Road's Photographic Echo

A live cam lets you watch tourists recreate the famous album cover—and it tells us something about images in the process.

When the World Watches the World Cup, What Does That Look Like?

When the World Watches the World Cup, What Does That Look Like?

A writer and a designer make art to find out, with the help of 2,000 friends.

What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned?

What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned?

Exploring the pristine ruins of Second Life and other online spaces

Figuring Out How to Mourn in the Age of Skype

Figuring Out How to Mourn in the Age of Skype

Do religious traditions still provide a good map for grieving?

She's Still Dying on Facebook

She's Still Dying on Facebook

It’s been five years since my best friend from high school passed away, but her death happens over and over online.

I Sent All My Text Messages in Calligraphy for a Week
What the New Kids on the Block Taught Me About Social Networks

What the New Kids on the Block Taught Me About Social Networks

In the early 1990s, New Kids on the Block fans fed their fascination on Prodigy, as Justin Bieber's do today on the Internet. But while the fandom might be the same, the online world has changed.

Why People Name Their Machines

Why People Name Their Machines

Anthropomorphizing devices makes humans feel like machines work for them.

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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