Whether the experiences were negative or postiive, the technology was just a tool that allowed us to seek them out.

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Joanna Walsh on the technicolour art and politics movement that was - and is - Cyberfeminism.

Elizabeth Minkel applies the 90-10-1 rule to internet fandom.

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It’s easy to talk about the internet as though it’s an imaginary space, where the things we do don’t really matter.

The dichotomies are everywhere: IRL vs internet; meatspace vs cyberspace; offline vs online.

Life online is a distraction, we’re told, and a destructive one at that.

Dating apps are “ruining” dating, while phones are destroying our attention spans.

“Look up,” as that patronising video told us, because the “real” world is happening outside our screens.

But for this week at least, we at the NS want to talk about the internet as a place where we’ve lived real, and sometimes considerable, portions of our lives.