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GIPHY’s Most-Viewed GIFs of 2020

2020… how do we even begin to describe this year? It’s safe to say we haven’t experienced anything like it before. The world was shaken by…

Home Alone Mask

Modeled by none other than the star of Home Alone

Influencers Are Buying Empty Shopping Bags to Pretend They're Rich

Clout-chasing makes reselling the used, disposable bags, a surprisingly lucrative line of work.

The North Carolina Kid Who Cracked YouTube’s Secret Code

Dave Prowse: Darth Vader Actor Dies Aged 85

The former bodybuilder was also given an MBE for his long-running role as the Green Cross Code Man.

What It’s Like Directing a Vanity Film for a Chinese Billionaire

"Empires of the Deep" was supposed to be "Transformers meets Shakespeare." But $100 million and a string of Hollywood directors couldn't save it.

Daft Punk Break Up

The legendary dance duo have called it quits 28 years after forming in Paris

Now You Know: How did the Zapper Work?

The Duck Hunt gun, officially called the NES Zapper, seems downright primitive next to today's technology. But in the late '80s, it filled plenty of young heads with wonder.

Arts Workers Who Had to Find New Jobs

In undertaking, you get to drive luxury cars’

Netflix Is Creating a Problem by Canceling TV Shows Too Soon

Netflix is killing its most interesting shows in their infancy, and it could be the streaming giant's downfall.

Silence of the Lambs house for sale

Lotion in every room?

The Fruits and Vegetables Used to Create Gory Horror Movie Sounds

After a chat with foley artist Ronnie van der Veer, it's hard to look at leeks the same way.

How “Am I the Asshole?” Created a Medium Place on the Internet

The famous subreddit started as a forum for one man to ask about his workplace behavior. Seven years later, it’s become a place where millions of people discuss good, bad, and everything in...

Baby Yoda Without Its Robe!

I'm not sure if I want to see this

Modern Celebrity Is What Happens When No One Says "No"

We once marveled at the celebrity bubble, now many of us are disgusted by it.

Meet the 24-Year-Old Who’s Tracking Every Broken McDonald’s Ice-Cream Machine in the US

I, for one, am very thankful.

Wikipedia Is Better Prepared for Election Day Than Facebook or Twitter

Wikipedia has a longstanding reputation for inaccuracy. It may no longer be deserved.

What the ‘Keep Scrolling’ Meme and Traumatic TikTok Trend Mean

TikToks detailing traumas, or sharing tips ‘only for women,’ have sparked a voyeuristic new trend

They Dreamed of Esports Fame. Then Their Bodies Broke Down

Professional gaming is booming, with millions on offer for the best players. But esports is also taking a physical and mental toll – and some have decided that enough is enough

Why I Broke Up With Wirecutter

Graham Downey tells us about how he tried to stop worrying and love the Wirecutter—and how it quietly took over his life.

I Was a Cable Guy. I Saw the Worst of America

A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney.

Keith Richards Is Riding Out the Pandemic in His Comfies

I don't even know quite honestly how old I am. It goes on and on.

Commercial Radio Is 100 Years Old. Can It Survive?

Four industry veterans weigh in on how they'd "fix" a medium that remains popular but lacks innovation

The Social Media Managers Are Not Okay

It’s a seamless and continuous drinking from the firehose at all hours now

Inside the New York Times’ Heated Reckoning With Itself

The paper has evolved during the Trump years: less dispassionate, more crusading. This has sparked a raw internal debate over its mission and future.

I Gave Myself Two Weeks to Get Famous on TikTok

If you've ever watched a viral video and thought 'I could do that,' I'm here to tell you that you probably couldn't.

Who Is to Blame for Fake News?

In an interview with the Post, author and media scholar Marcus Gilroy-Ware talks about simultaneous crises in journalism and democracy.

The Good Life: Inside Tom Cruise's £335k/M London Penthouse

Facebook is a Doomsday Machine

The architecture of the modern web poses grave threats to humanity. It’s not too late to save ourselves.

We Have Glimpsed Our Streaming Future, and It Sucks

It’s not just the magic of sitting in a darkened theater that’s been whisked away.

The Maps and Graphics of 2020's Events and Discoveries

See how our artists and cartographers covered everything from how COVID attacks to maps for extraterrestrials.

The Decline of the Simpsons

The Influencer Commentariat

In September 2018, Tiffany Ferguson, a twenty-five-year-old college student and YouTube personality with more than six hundred thousand subscribers, sat down in her bedroom, ready to record. She...

‘RoboCop 2,’ ‘Cars 3’ and the Summer Sequels That Were One Too Many

Sadly, we didn’t get a summer movie season this year. But all is not lost. Each Friday, we’re presenting “The Ultimate Summer Movie Guide,” honoring...

Visualizing the Who and What of Cable TV News

What would you ask if you could analyze the news yourself?

The 50 Best Podcasts of 2020

The shows that kept listeners refreshing their apps this year

Time of Our Lives: Songs From EVERY YEAR (1970-2020)

Why Facebook Is Bad, Twitter Might Be a Little Bit Good, and Social Media Is Rotting Our Brains

Tech oracle Jaron Lanier saw the evils of social media platforms before anyone else. Now he talks about whether Twitter activism really works, how to fix Facebook, and why he won't be joining...

Watch: Treeline

Patagonia Films presents: Treeline. Follow a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecones of Nevada,...

News Use Across Social Media Platforms in 2020

About half of U.S. adults say they get news from social media “often” or “sometimes,” and this use is spread out across a number of different sites. Facebook stands out as a regular source of news...

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