by | Feb 7, 2020

What do the apps on your phone have to do with the fate of American society and culture? Quite a lot, if Josh Hawley has anything to say about it. The 39-year-old freshman Republican senator from Missouri has quickly built…

by | Nov 30, 2019

“Do you have white teenage sons? Listen up.” So begins Joanna Schroeder’s viral tweet thread from last August in which she argues that “alt-right” vloggers are brainwashing white boys across America into embracing white supremacy and that parents must ensure…

by | Aug 7, 2019

For the purposes of this discussion, I will define “mass shootings” as any shooting that kills three or more people, not including one’s immediate relatives. That is not to discount the shooting of one’s relatives nor the shooting of fewer…

by | Aug 5, 2019

The horror in Dayton, hours after El Paso, will renew debate in America about “guns” and a lot more. There will be scant discussion of the impact of violence in movies and music, and especially in pervasive video games, and…

by | Aug 2, 2019

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley continued his crusade against tech giants on Tuesday, introducing a bill to Congress that would force social media companies to mitigate the risks of “psychological exploitation” associated with their services. In a tweet accompanying his announcement,…

by | Jul 17, 2019

An alarming trend circulated Twitter last week: people are licking unpurchased products and returning them to the shelves. A tweet with over 13 million views shows a nine-second video of a woman grazing her tongue across the full width of…

by | Jun 28, 2019

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Homeland Security drilled witnesses from social media companies. Though the hearing’s main focus was the companies’ efforts to combat terrorist content, misinformation, and hate speech, representatives took the opportunity to attack the companies for…

by | May 24, 2019

Just recently, Facebook banned all advertising accounts of Mediaworks, a large media publisher in Hungary with many non-political outlets in its portfolio. Lovers of sports, gastronomy, and lifestyle will see less of what they like in their feed — likely…

by | May 15, 2019

What does a gay teenage beauty guru have to do with “Russian collusion”? More than you might think, and the scandal that has wrecked the reputation of YouTube celebrity James Charles tells us a lot about how the 21st-century media…

by | Oct 25, 2018

I just got off the phone with the founder of Minds.com, Bill Ottman. Minds.com is a new social media hybrid site that promises to do what no other major platform has done: keep your information private. It also uses game…

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