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Pepe the Frog Foretold the Fraught World of Modern Memes

Pepe the Frog Foretold the Fraught World of Modern Memes

At the start of the documentary Feels Good Man, cartoonist Matt Furie bends down in a marsh and scoops up…
The Hard Truths About Being a Videogame Writer

The Hard Truths About Being a Videogame Writer

David L. Craddock is one of the major voices in long-form videogame journalism, having written books about Diablo, Shovel Knight,…
Sure, ‘The Goop Lab’ Is Absurd—but It Also Offers Hope

Sure, ‘The Goop Lab’ Is Absurd—but It Also Offers Hope

The first episode of The Goop Lab, Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix show, opens in Jamaica. The sun beams, the crystalline…
Netflix’s Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

Netflix’s Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

When it comes to evaluating if a movie is a hit or a miss, at least commercially, there’s a very…
Today’s Cartoon: Silver Screens | WIRED

Today’s Cartoon: Silver Screens | WIRED

Tuesday, January 21, 2020. By Pat Byrnes, with cartooncollections.com. With the entertainment startup Quibi, Hollywood bets on a future of…
Sanders and Warren’s Big Debate Dust-Up Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Sanders and Warren’s Big Debate Dust-Up Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Let’s get this out of the way first: A lot of the chatter online last week has been about Ukraine.…
This Philosopher Dreams of Writing Sci-Fi

This Philosopher Dreams of Writing Sci-Fi

Philosophy professor Peter Boghossian has watched a staggering amount of sci-fi TV, and has opinions on everything from recent hits…
‘1917’ VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

‘1917’ VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

There’s a moment in 1917—the World War I blockbuster which hit cinemas on Friday—where a plane comes crashing down from…
How Much Could Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Make From Ads?

How Much Could Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Make From Ads?

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their departure from the Royal Family last week, the news came not from…
‘Uncanny Valley’ and the Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

‘Uncanny Valley’ and the Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

Like/dislike, love/hate, inside/outside: Wiener’s formulations reach for rigor, for some deep truth about knowability, but end up wimping out. She…
The 19 Best Shows of a Decade That Queered Television

The 19 Best Shows of a Decade That Queered Television

On July 11, 2013, everything changed. A sneak attack hit the world’s living rooms (and dorms, and laptops, and basements).…
‘Watchmen’ Embraces the True Power of Superhero Stories

‘Watchmen’ Embraces the True Power of Superhero Stories

The new HBO series Watchmen is a superhero show that deals with serious themes of race and trauma. Science fiction…
The 7 Best Albums of 2019

The 7 Best Albums of 2019

It was a curious time to make and consume music in 2019. The sounds came at us from every direction—via…
The 24 Absolute Best Movies of the 2010s

The 24 Absolute Best Movies of the 2010s

Over the past 10 years, thousands of movies have hit the world’s multiplexes. It’s nearly impossible to watch, let alone…
Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

Try to take stock of the 2010s in social media and you might begin to feel a sense of dread.…
Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

In the late 1970s, Robert Hazard had a problem. He’d been tooling around Philadelphia’s music scene for more than a…
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