The week of July 26, 2015

Offline and Obsolete

Living life cursed by technology

By Aaron Sankin

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity has stumped medical professionals for decades, but its effects are impossible to ignore.

Features

The meteoric rise and slow decline of Neopets

By Olivia Coy

How a late-90s website based for virtual pets turned into giant moneymaker—and then lost its way.

The body is obsolete: Stelarc’s radical experiments with alternate human forms

By Anna Denejkina

The legendary Australian artist explains his decades-long exploration of himself and human body.

Your retro-chic flip phone won’t help you stay off the grid

By Molly Osberg

Whether out of post-Snowden security concerns or general techno-anxiety, we keep trying to escape our phones.

Falling down the rabbit hole of ‘Stairway to Stardom’

By Audra Schroeder

Before ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice,’ there was this public access show.

The deadly history of L.A. Lights, the original wearables

By Mike Wehner

L.A. Gear’s kids shoes once lit up playgrounds and in classrooms across the U.S. So where’d they go?