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

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

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A quick and dirty survey of pandemic porn

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

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

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

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The Whiplash Decade

What began as cheerful anarchy was devoured by vulture capital and ruthless consolidation

Illustration: Brennon Leman

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

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Our research-induced, online black holes are changing who we are

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Disruption only happens when you let it. A former insider on what executives were telling themselves during the heyday of print.

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