Games, Mysteries, and the Lure of QAnon

Games, Mysteries, and the Lure of QAnon

QAnon is so sprawling, it’s hard to know where people join. One week, it’s the false rumor that 5G cell towers spread disease, another week it’s Wayfair.com trafficking children inside unusually expensive furniture; who knows what next week will bring? But QAnon’s...
What Modern Humans Can Learn From Ancient Software

What Modern Humans Can Learn From Ancient Software

Did you know that you can, right now, for free, go to Archive.org, the great online library of all things, and load up within your web browser an ancient, decrepit emulated computer—a DOS box from 1991, a black-and-white Mac, a green-and-black Apple II—and run the...
The End of Roe Will Spark a Digital Civil War

The End of Roe Will Spark a Digital Civil War

Over the past 10 years, the primary threats to US internet freedom have come from abroad, as countries like China, Russia, and India have erected barriers to the flow of information. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, however, the...
The Vast Wasteland of Internet Television

The Vast Wasteland of Internet Television

In september 2005, a fun film editor named Robert Ryang took The Shining and cut together a new trailer for it, making the axe-driven horror flick seem like a sweetheart family movie. YouTube hadn’t broken out of beta yet, so Ryang posted his humor gem to a private...
Am I Wrong to Judge People for Talking to Me in Emoji?

Am I Wrong to Judge People for Talking to Me in Emoji?

“Not only do I refuse to speak in symbols—emoji, bitmoji, likes, reactions, whatever—I also judge people who do. Is this fair? With AI image generators like Dall-E Mini going mainstream, it’ll only get easier to communicate in images. I’m afraid we’re losing something...