In the 80s, a defining online phenomenon—being able to use the internet for free—came from (of all places) Cleveland. Here’s the story of the Free-Net.
These Pepes aren't alt-right memes or an authorized extension of the original artist Matt Furie's body of work, however. They're best thought of as collectible art pieces, and each one is associated with a unique digital token to prove its rareness.
In our tech driven world, companies like Apple, Facebook, Alphabet (formerly Google), and Amazon have a lock on tech development, but they consistently fail to develop culture in ways that are innovative and sustainable.
In the largely unregulated world of bitcoin and cryptocurrency, fraudsters are getting rich by deliberately spreading false information to affect the price of their holdings using social media, scam news sites, and private chat apps.
The Twitter outrage cycle is inevitable and, ultimately, predictable.
It’s been a brutal couple of months for fans of quirky, lo-fi streaming comedies.
Teens are participating in flash money exchanges via Venmo under the pretenses of a $1200 windfall following a $150 contribution.
The Awl was a place where outsiders and the unpracticed could find a sympathetic audience and an opportunity to sound like themselves.
After watching his 74-video course called “Edfluence” on how to become a social media star, I have come away with a very different opinion. Jake Paul is a genius. An evil genius that should not be celebrated or rewarded, but feared.
Snapchatters have discovered pyramid schemes, and it's going just as well as you'd expect.
No ads, no algorithms: Are.na is the anti-Facebook, for creatives, by creatives.
Apple told a university professor his app "has no direct benefits to the user."
Mothers and fathers of teen internet celebrities get a crash course in a new kind of fame while trying to maintain boundaries for their newly rich and powerful children.
Logging into VRChat the first time feels like the beginning of every cyberpunk horror story I read or watched in the 1990s, right down to the bad graphics.
Change My View looks like a standard subreddit, a message board on which threads are organized by topic. Yes, you have to trudge through the Caledonian Forest of Reddit’s UX and, as usual, risk being hazed when you trespass against Reddit’s clubby customs. But it’s worth it. CMV is a little heath of reason.
Christiana Gilles was on her way to becoming a Vine celebrity, until the app suddenly shut down. Two years later, she's still finding her creative path.
It's too early to declare a Song of Summer for 2018... but this is our Song of Summer for 2018.
Is being "extremely online" — that is, being invested in maintaining a fluency in online tropes — inherently toxic?
At a time when anyone can broadcast live or post their thoughts to a social network, we should be living in a utopia of public discourse. We're not.
"Anyway You Want It" and "Drunk In Love" shouldn't go together. In fact, we're not even sure if they do. But we can't stop listening to this bizarro mashup that's either a piece of art or laced with black magic.
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