The Best of Real Life
10+ most popular Real Life articles, as voted by our community.
We were a magazine about living with technology. The emphasis was more on living
Real Life on Essentialism
Natural’s Not in It — Real Life
Countering biological essentialism with a biological futurism
Real Life on Military
New Sensation — Real Life
The military use of haptics technology includes ideological indoctrination
Real Life on Scraping
Fair Game — Real Life
Commonly used by researchers and journalists, data scraping is an underacknowledged privacy concern
Real Life on Self Care
Why Can’t We Be Friends — Real Life
Podcasts and other forms of “parasocial” media reframe friendship as monetized self-care
Real Life on Technology
Still the Same — Real Life
Nineteenth-century critiques of technology show how longstanding many current concerns are
Fidelity Angst — Real Life
On the audiophile’s hopeless search for perfect sound
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Temporal Belonging — Real Life
The timeless, futile effort to fix circadian rhythms with tech
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Our Friend the Atom — Real Life
The aesthetics of the Atomic Age helped whitewash the threat of nuclear disaster
Condition Critical — Real Life
AI mental health diagnostics risk oversimplifying the complex social dynamics of any medical concern
Entangled Intelligence — Real Life
Technology often presupposes human domination, but it could instead reflect our ecological dependence
Influencers and Anti-Fans — Real Life
How anger at the status quo becomes misdirected at social media figures
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Real Life on Social Media
Influencer Creep — Real Life
Self-documenting and self-branding are becoming basic to all forms of work