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From par-lay to par-lor, it’s deeply symbolic that right-wing extremists have found refuge in the app

Following the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week, and President Donald Trump’s removal from Twitter and Facebook, downloads of the “free speech” app Parler have reportedly surged by more than 500%. …

With thousands of miles separating them, one couple turned to the internet to go on virtual dates of museum exhibitions

Last October, my husband accepted his dream job in the Bay Area to fabricate the exterior of a well-known art museum. He left while I stayed behind in New York with our toddler. Splitting our family wasn’t ideal, but it seemed like a short-term necessity. We couldn’t afford to be…

A quick and dirty survey of pandemic porn

Pornography is a form of escapism, so you’d think the last genre anyone would want to watch would be “coronavirus porn.” That would make as much sense as Corona beer sales going up this year — which they are.

As of March 23, searching “coronavirus” on Pornhub delivered more than…

Online resources provide a much better tool for understanding COVID-19 than broadcast news

Had South by Southwest not been canceled, I would have been giving a talk there this morning about fake news. I think they wanted me to get all worked up about the danger of deepfake videos, but I was having a hard time freaking myself out.

It seemed to me…

Television was supposed to be the ultimate idiot box. Then came the internet.

Sometime in the 1990s, most of my friends and I got rid of our TVs. This was how you could tell who the interesting, literate people were. If you went to a party where people were talking about whatever was on last night, you knew to make an excuse to…

Algorithms have led to filter bubbles and fueled polarization. It’s time to bring back the tech for a shared reality.

In 2016, the United Nations declared access to the internet to be a basic human right, right up there with shelter, food, and water. And while many of us may have access to an internet, none of us has access to the internet. That’s because it isn’t one uniform entity.

A rapidly evolving — or rather, disintegrating — media landscape is driving writers to newsletters

“It’s mine. It’s entirely mine. So few things are entirely ours,” journalist Will Leitch told me of his weekly bulletin, called This Here Newsletter.

Leitch made his name in sports and culture writing: He was the founding editor of Deadspin and still churns out regular columns for the likes of…


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