Television and film helped naturalize police violence. Noir offers a way out.
The Islamic State turned the social platform into a global marketplace for stolen relics—until a group of vigilante archaeologists took matters into their own hands.
The tech giant’s new oddball social-media app is a testament to its power.
Antitrust could break up the big players. It wouldn’t change everyday life.
Xi Jinping is using artificial intelligence to enhance his government’s totalitarian control—and he’s exporting this technology to regimes around the globe.
Personal space is finally back in style, but re-creating it after two decades of its destruction is hardly a straightforward task.
A recent Twitter hack probably didn’t scare you. Here’s why it should.
TikTok is on the chopping block. Instagram is pointless in lockdown. The best we can do is a hokey piece of software that takes us somewhere unexpected.
The quiet of lockdown and the noise of protest restage the political conflicts of sonic life in the city.
Two North Carolina groups are locked in a battle full of name-calling, conspiracy theories, and morbid memes.
For years, women on the internet have been writing conspiracy theories about celebrity pregnancies. What sparks them?
If a conflict breaks out between countries with weapons in orbit, it could threaten space access for everyone.
I’m a second-generation Black activist, and I’m tired of being spied on by the police.
What happens when a meme becomes a terrorist movement?
The social platform just banned the president’s most notorious internet fan club, as part of a sitewide purge of forums that “promote hate.”
Every plausible configuration of social media in 2020 is unpalatable.
Paranoia about secret government plots thrives in times of uncertainty, when strange things happen, and when people are bored. This summer is a trifecta.
It sometimes takes decades to find out.
Even a niche subculture built around magical cartoon horses is reckoning with racism.
Suburbia was never as bad as anyone said it was. Now it’s looking even better.
Social-media platforms can’t evade the scrutiny that so many other institutions in America are currently under.