The week of April 5, 2015

The Essays Issue, Vol. 2
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How to pretend to be happy on the Internet

By Selena Larson

There’s nothing an Instagram filter can’t fix.

Features

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How I gamed Facebook and conquered my FOMO

By Nico Lang

In my own private cyberspace, no one can hear me scream.

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The perks of being a high-functioning shut in

By Dylan Love

Thanks to on-demand apps, I never have to leave my apartment.

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What an Internet stranger taught me about my late grandfather

By Miles Klee

I’d always wondered what my grandfather was like as a therapist—until one of his patients told me.

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Coping with loss in the Facebook era

By Nico Lang

At what point will the dead outnumber the living on Facebook?

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What it’s like to be laughed at on the Internet

By Amy Salloway

My ‘treadmill fail’ was the Internet’s comedy goldmine.

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Love and hate in New Vegas

By Dennis Scimeca

A video game confirmed my belief in the death penalty.

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The Internet’s all right for fighting

By Emmett Rensin

I can’t stop arguing with people on Facebook—and I don’t want to.