The week of September 20, 2015

The Obsessions Issue

The bitter rivalry behind the world’s smallest chess program

By Chris Stokel-Walker

The record stood unchallenged for over 30 years. Now two men are battling the limits of programming—and each other—to claim it.


How the Church of Scientology fought the Internet—and why it lost

By Jesse Hicks

From Usenet to Twitter to a suspiciously popular Facebook page, the church has tried hard to control what people know and say about it.

The Earth is flat and ‘they’ don’t want you to know

By Joseph L. Flatley

Online, a dedicated few are trying to get the word out.

The god of Reddit bots and his weird, automated kingdom

By AJ Dellinger

In the most meta subreddit ever, bots chew up Reddit and spit it out again.

The gonzo, Doritos-dusted world of gamer montage parodies

By Jake Cleland

When art imitates ‘Call of Duty.’