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How Social-Media Redesigns Manipulate Us

A change like Twitter’s new Chirp font might seem subtle. The effects are anything but.

Making Algorithmic Dog Food for the Content Factory

Read to the end for a video of two AIs talking to each other that basically sounds like every conversation on Clubhouse

Reddit Responds to Calls From Moderators to Fight Disinformation

The CEO of Reddit has responded to calls from users to purge the site of disinformation, saying “dissent is a part of Reddit and the foundation of democracy.”

Ten Films to Watch This September

Nicholas Barber selects this month's unmissable releases, including the long-awaited return of Bond, a Sopranos prequel and a Cinderella musical starring Camila Cabello.

Influencers Are Taking Desperate Measures to Recover Their Instagram Accounts

People who operate on the fringes of Instagram’s community guidelines say they’ve resorted to desperate measures after losing their accounts, turning to dealers who say they have a back door to...

As the Super Nintendo Turns 30, Let's Remind Ourselves Why It's the Best Games Console Ever Made

You know it's true.

Let People Enjoy This Essay

How the mindset of an irritating web comic infected criticism.

What Are Text Memes?: The Trend Taking Over Instagram

Fueled by Gen Z, text-heavy meme posts, often paired with nonsensically unrelated pictures, are turning the photo and video app into a destination for written expression.

Watch: Venezuela, Cinematic FPV Over Angel Falls

How Did Noah Beck Become the Biggest TikTok Guy on Earth?

With 30 million followers, killer abs, and a high-profile social media relationship, the 20-year-old soccer player is on the cutting edge of American fame.

I’m Sick of Reboots and Rewatches and You Should Be Too

We've all spent the pandemic in a pop culture feedback loop. For the love of God, make it stop

How Social Media Helped ‘Taliban 2.0’ Take Control of Afghanistan

The modern, tech-savvy Taliban aren’t the same as they were 20 years ago. Now they’re using the internet to control the narrative—and assert their dominance.

Clickbait Is Unreasonably Effective

Goodreads' Problem With Extortion Scams and Review Bombing

Many authors and publishers now see the social networking site as a "necessary evil"

The Unbearable Cuteness of Instagram Hedgehogs

Beneath the tiny top hats and GIF-able snuggle sessions, I found a dark tale of internet virality.

Ranked: America’s Most Searched and Visited News Sites by State

TV’s White Guys Are in Crisis: The White Lotus, Ted Lasso

They’re no longer the main characters, but they’re still around. So what happens to them?

"Never Gonna Give You Up" Passes One Billion Views

With rickrolling to thank for the video’s longterm success.

Wikipedia Has a Language Problem. Here’s How to Fix It

Wikipedia’s non-English editions are vulnerable to manipulation and abuse. Why not create one Wikipedia for all?

The Best TV Shows of 2021 So Far (BBC)

From Mare of Easttown to Ted Lasso, Loki and The Underground Railroad, Hugh Montgomery and Eddie Mullan pick the year’s greatest programmes to binge right now.

Nestflix's Fake Streaming Service of Movies Within Movies Is a Love Letter to a Trope

Nestflix is a hilarious and exhaustive database of movies within movies. We spoke with creator Lynn Fisher about the love letter to a trope.

Japanese Soccer Player Nutmegged Four Players to Score a Goal.

Review: “A Touch of Jen” Captures Instagram’s Uncomfortable Social Dynamics

Beth Morgan’s “A Touch of Jen” is the latest work to reckon with a social media–fueled obsession.

Not Showering Is Good Marketing

If you're an A-list celebrity like Ashton Kutcher or Jake Gyllenhaal, all it takes to make the news is announcing how little you bathe.

Inside TikTok’s Algorithm: A WSJ Video Investigation

The Journal created dozens of automated accounts that watched hundreds of thousands of videos to uncover how the social media network knows you so well.

They Wanted My Meerkat to Sound Like a Russian Alan Sugar’ – Meet TV’s Secret Superstars

They are TV’s unsung heroes, adored yet unrecognised. But do voice artists and mask-wearers ever crave fame? From the man behind the meerkats to Star Trek’s prosthetic-laden Captain Saru, we find out

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…

The Mascot Whisperer

Dave Raymond practically invented the modern sports mascot. And over four decades, he has built a career on helping pro teams bring them to life.

An Oral History of 'Marge vs the Monorail', the Episode That Changed 'The Simpsons'

"If a gun was put to my head, and they said, ‘Tell me the best episode of television ever,’ it’s this."

Ted Lasso Makes Me Want to Be a Better Person

I’ve never tried being a kinder or more optimistic person, but Jason Sudeikis’ title character makes me think that it’s possible.

The True Story Behind ′How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)′

From his parents' home in the eastern German city of Leipzig, a teenager single-handedly — and successfully — ran a profitable drug business. Netflix has the true story.

What Is YouTube Voice?

YouTube voice is coming for us all.

Is Scarlett Johansson the Face of a New Showbiz Revolution? Not Quite

New VIP+ Analysis: The actor’s legal battle with Disney won’t likely set a precedent for talent seeking more equitable profit participation.

The First 100 Videos Played on MTV

The Ringer Guide to Streaming in August

As the Olympics wind down, streaming TV just keeps on kicking

One Simple Question? There’s a Website for That — And Only That

The joy of finding information on quirky microsites like IsTheShipStillStuck.com

Animated Short: Dough Joe

Minimum Viable Self

Two decades ago, before social media existed, Zygmunt Bauman articulated a perfect description of how it would soon shape our behavior and frame our relationships to one another. In his 2000 book...

To Make Luca, Pixar Had to Reinvent Water

To craft the movie's stylised elegance, Pixar blended scientific simulations with the simplicity of traditional animation, as effects supervisor Jon Reisch explains

I Guess We're on Scarlett Johansson's Side?

Just if we have to pick.

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