Over the past year – and a very long year – many of us have become accustomed to our growing digital presence. In countless ways, the pandemic has boosted our reliance on technologies that connect us locally and globally.
This week, we’re highlighting a selection of pieces on digital life. In “Has the Epidemic Changed the Office Forever?” John Seabrook explores how the Coronavirus has radically changed our thinking about working remotely. In Our Ghost-Kitchen Future, Anna Weiner writes about how this year it has transformed the “virtual” food and dining industries in ways we never expected. In the “Instagram Face Era,” Jia Tolentino chronicles how social media platforms have reshaped notions of beauty and the human body. In How To Live Forever, Tim Wu contemplates our sense of self and examines whether hypothetical immortality can be achieved. Finally, in a science article published in 2004, Katha Pollitt describes “Webstalking” her ex-boyfriend on the Internet and how each new search has generated a new obsession. We hope you find these pieces shine just like us – and make life seem less distant this weekend.