The week of May 15, 2016
Inkpop was supposed to crowdsource the next big thing in young-adult fiction. It failed, but along the way created something greater.
It was a site with bold ambitions to “glue together the web,” and innovated in ways we take for granted today. But it couldn’t last forever.
For a few years in the late ’80s, 900 numbers were an incredibly popular and profitable industry. Decades later, one Queens man is keeping the art of the hotline alive.
You thought they were all gone. You were wrong.
How the Internet’s original shock site warped a generation.