Last night, moist establishmentarian Jon Chait got viciously BOFA’d on Twitter, to the delight of millions. But let’s not allow the perfection of that burn to completely distract us from the remarkable weaksauceness of Chait’s decision to tweet at all—which should not go unchallenged in a civilized society.
After First Lady Melania Trump announced her pet project yesterday—an initiative called Be Best which is supposed to miraculously help solve the opioid crisis, improve kids’ mental health, and make online a nicer place for everyone—her office scolded all the meanies who made fun of its very funny name and logo, as…
Joy Reid is having a bad week! First, what appeared to be old, homophobic blog posts—even worse than the ones she apologized for last year—resurfaced. Then, her claim that “hackers” had fabricated the posts was met with deep skepticism. Now, the so-called “cybersecurity expert” Reid says she hired to investigate those…
Our nation’s present uproar over the deleterious effects of social media on society and fretting about the decline of trusted news outlets is nothing new. What’s new is the fact that the straightforward ways to prop up the Real Journalism industry have never been more obvious.
We are only allowed a fleeting, finite amount of time and headspace in this life. I’ve recently begun to feel this even more acutely as I spend more of my waking hours following the news on the internet. What has (occasionally) saved me from teetering over the edge entirely is practicing a kind of mindful…
Mitt Romney, a six-foot-two oil slick with teeth, is back on the political scene, running for Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat in Utah. But in my mind, no matter what he does, I will always be thinking of Romney in the context of the 2008 presidential election, when we found out about his dog Seamus.
Some call them “dunks.” Others speak of the humble “own.” They are also known to many as righteous “trolls” (although this word is fraught with internet revisionism). However you say it, 2017—a truly awful year, certain only to be bested by every year to come—was a great year for bad people being told just how…
“If this post gets 10,000 upvotes, I’ll get Mutti tattooed on my ass!” announced Reddit user Errk_ fu in June, linking to a portrait of Angela Merkel.
The Los Angeles Times has lots of challenges, including years of harsh staff cuts, a corporate parent of questionable value, and an ongoing union drive at a historically anti-union company. Brand-new Times editor Lewis D’Vorkin is taking on the most important challenge first: what his employees must not tweet.
The announcement that a large group of news media publishers are banding together in an attempt to bargain collectively with Facebook and Google over revenues is a big deal. And long overdue. But realistically, there are only a few ways that the future of the journalism industry can turn out.
Yesterday, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti added more fuel to the widespread speculation that the company could go public next year. If BuzzFeed employees are smart—and many of them are!—they will not let that happen without having a union drive first.
Neo-nazis really aren't that clever.
At the first presidential debate in September, Donald Trump said a lot of really stupid shit about "the cyber."
What happened to my internet? I was all set this morning to get angry over things said by people I don't know about things I can't change, but my favorite sites weren't loading. Did you do this, Ecuador?
A lot of times, when celebrities go to Reddit to answer questions, they need to create a new account in order to participate. Not Ken Bone. Ken Bone has been waiting for this.
For a 24-year-old into virtual reality and games, Palmer Luckey seemed to have it pretty sweet: He's had great success with his virtual reality headset company, Oculus; gets to hang out at video game conferences; and generally be rich and have a good time. Apparently, though, he found a new hobby: funding…
When 70 new emoji came into the world this past June, there were avocados and face palms and even pregnant women, but no head scarf. A new proposal by 15-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi seeks to remedy that and bring our favorite pictographs one step closer to inclusivity.
On Monday, Dr. Jennifer Gunter, a practicing OB/GYN with a large social media following, experienced the indignity of having someone on Twitter try to mansplain to her that "moodiness is associated with ovulation not menstruation."
Millennials: history's greatest monsters?