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In Praise of the Instagram Egg, Social Media’s Unlikeliest Optimist It could have advertised something stupid, but its creators opted for the high road.
How Much Junk Am I Consuming Online Every Day? What is “digital nutrition” and is mine enviable?
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Scarlett Johansson Ruminates on All the Deepfake Porn Made From Her Image “I think it’s a useless pursuit, legally, mostly because the internet is a vast wormhole of darkness that eats itself.”
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Apps Can Take a Hike It’s been long enough — they’re just not working out.
White Supremacists Are Tricking Celebrities Into Recording Anti-Semitic Videos Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is one of a handful of celebrities whom white supremacists have targeted on the Cameo app.
The Good Place Isn’t About Heaven and Hell, It’s About the Internet This sitcom proves that TV can still bring people together in the streaming age.
Kanye West’s Relationship to the Internet and Also Twitter Is Not Great He sees the web as a platform devoid of the messy particulars of real life.
Apropos of Nothing, Sarah Jeong’s Book About Harassment Is Getting Reissued One month after right-wingers threw a disingenuous tantrum over Jeong’s old tweets.
When Did ‘TERF Bangs’ Become a Thing? A cultural history of beauty’s most puzzling term.
The Internet Is Lying to You The modern practice of redirecting links runs counter to the original vision of the internet.
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5 Best New Songs of the Week: The 1975, A$AP Rocky & Tyler the Creator, Anitta The 1975’s Matty Healy once again proves why he’s one of the last of a dying breed of rock star.
The Feel Good Mutant Soul of Dirty Projectors’ Lamp Lit Prose It’s all upbeat ruminations on affection and excitement, where the last album fixated almost exhaustingly on rot.
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Why Wikipedia Puts Its Users First The Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director, Katherine Maher, weighs in on incentive-based media models.
‘F*ck Them. We Need a Law’: A Legendary Programmer Takes on Silicon Valley A conversation with legendary programmer Richard Stallman on the real meaning of “privacy rights” and why he only ever uses cash.
Mariah Carey Just Memed Herself No one deserves her at her “The Emancipation of Mimi.”
Writer of Controversial ‘Jewish Rebellion’ Essay Issues ‘Heartfelt Apology’ “It was never my intention to disrespect the Jewish faith or anyone who engages in Jewish customs, traditions or religious beliefs.”
13 Actual Jewish Rebellions In response to the Washington Post’s controversial “I’m tired of being a Jewish man’s rebellion” essay.
14 Hilarious Reactions to the ‘Jewish Rebellion’ Essay A Washington Post essay titled “I am tired of being a Jewish man’s rebellion” has ignited a tidal wave of controversy.
Funny or Die Moves to Vox Media This Summer
A little over a month after huge layoffs at the company, another big change is coming to Funny or Die. According to Variety, after over ten […]
How Facebook Is Killing Comedy A conversation with Funny or Die’s Matt Klinman on how Facebook has completely destroyed independent digital comedy.
The Internet Can Save Itself From Ajit Pai. Just Not Here. Ajit Pai may be right that ending net neutrality will increase competition. Just not the competition he wants.
Why a Short Story About a Terrible Date Went Viral The New Yorker’s “Cat Person” shows how complicated bad sex really is.
2016: The Year the Internet Became Real Imagine being rid of the internet. Doesn’t some part of you knot up with rash, intimate desire?
One Sandy Hook Parent’s Fight Against an ‘Emboldened’ Conspiracy Culture “My hatred for Google and YouTube and Facebook has increased 1,000 percent,” says Sandy Hook parent Lenny Pozner.
Coen Brothers to Write a Dark-Web Movie About the Silk Road (the online one, not the medieval one).
Why Do All My Instagram Cats Keep Dying? When real life encroaches on the virtual.
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Surprised to Learn the Internet Thought She Was Going Bald “I have received a big box of things for female baldness, and I had no idea what that was about.”
Dan Aykroyd Weighs In on Leslie Jones’s Trolls “They’re insignificant gnats, they’re losers, they have no lives of their own …”
Twitter Says It’s Handling Leslie Jones’s Trolls “We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.”
The FCC Wants to Let Us Choose What the Internet Knows About Us Ever wonder why you get travel ads after you visit Expedia.com?
The Internet’s New Celebrity Cat Is a Coconut-Oil Addict Called ‘Goal Kitty’ You may have seen the tragic pictures floating around the internet: a black cat with a white splotch on her front, her paws awkwardly splayed up and out.
The New Search Engine for Kids Has Questionable Filters Banned words on Kiddle include: uterus, menstruation, and wet willy.
Good Morning, User! Welcome to the New Intimacy Economy We often imagine the inevitable future tech dystopia will be cold, populations marching under the eye of sterile robot overlords, our speech monitored and scrubbed of sentiment and intonation. Increasingly, though, it seems like we’re hurtling toward the opposite.
There’s an Amazon Bookstore Now The tech company extends its empire into the real world. Load More