How Video Games Demonize Fat People

Anshuman Iddamsetty interrogates why in video games being fat so often means being considered less than human.

Source: The Outline
Published: Jan 23, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,172 words)

Life After Vine

In honor of the looping app’s one-year deathiversary, Ann-Derrick Gaillot traces how Vine disproportionately stunted the career paths of popular creators in Vine’s black community.

Source: The Outline
Published: Jan 16, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

The Most Hated Poet in Portland

Why did the internet turn on this self-published poet? In the history of internet pile-ons, this one rates pretty high.

Author: Laura Yan
Source: The Outline
Published: Nov 14, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,336 words)

Long Live the Group Chat

Aaron Edwards explores the function the group chat serves in the lives of black and brown Americans today.

Source: The Outline
Published: Sep 27, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,732 words)

The Unsettled

In Ubud, Indonesia, Jessa Crispin looks at the impact of next-generation expats — Western tech workers and “digital nomads” in search of carefully curated, long-term authenticity.

Source: The Outline
Published: Jul 13, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,789 words)

Two Brothers, Two Deaths

One brother died accidentally, hit by a police cruiser that was trying to pull over a speeding car. Three years later, the other was shot and killed by an officer. In each case, the officers who killed them were absolved of any wrongdoing.

Author: Paul Blest
Source: The Outline
Published: Jun 28, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

How the Aztecs Predicted the Apocalypse

But then it didn’t happen. Or did it?

Author: Sam Kriss
Source: The Outline
Published: May 8, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,447 words)

What Happens When You Stare at the Sun?

“The injunction not to look directly into the sun isn’t just medical — it’s always political.”

Author: Sam Kriss
Source: The Outline
Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,849 words)

How Social Media Is Killing Extreme Athletes

Armed with GoPros and streaming their exploits live on Facebook and YouTube, a new generation of adventurers are pressured into ever-more-dangerous stunts.

Source: The Outline
Published: Dec 8, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,094 words)