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History and You

Malcolm “plus ça change” Gladwell. / mrrigenMalcolm Gladwell’s podcast <i>Revisionist History</i> sidles up to listeners with the faux-charming tagline …

Thin Blue Spin | Aaron Miguel Cantú

Not long after Micah Johnson mortally gunned down five Dallas-area police officers and wounded nine others in July, the social media mavens at the …

When I Said All Trump Supporters Are White Supremacists, I Meant It

Yes, all of them.<p>A few days ago I caused a stir in my own tiny corner of the internet world by saying what I thought everybody already knew: If you …

Equality

Hipsters and artists are the gentrifying foot soldiers of capitalism | Stephen Pritchard

The hipster may be a capitalist but they are also crafty, ethical and mobile and can breathe new life into post-welfare-state wastelands. That’s why they are so useful to the government<p>“The hipster is a capitalist.” So said Matt Hancock, Theresa May’s new minister for digital and culture, who …

Breaking Away

Stop Talking About Accessibility. Start Talking About Inclusive Design.

Accessibility… Wait! Don’t stop reading! This isn’t a preachy article about how you should design your digital platforms to be more friendly to the …

Did I Kill Gawker?

It feels a bit strange to say this now, but in the spring of 2014 there was no better place to work than Gawker. For a certain kind of person, at any …

"A Honeypot For Assholes": Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment

For nearly its entire existence, Twitter has not just tolerated abuse and hate speech, it’s virtually been optimized to accommodate it. With public backlash at an all-time high and growth stagnating, what is the platform that declared itself “the free speech wing of the free speech party” to do? …

Kiarostami and <em>The Purge</em

On Independence Day my girlfriend and I felt like doing something patriotic, so we went to see an afternoon show of <i>The Purge: Election Day</i> at the …

Play, Dammit!

The vigorous exhortation to “play” now haunts every corner of our culture. Typically issued as an imperative along with words like <i>breathe</i> and <i>meditate</i> …

The Sitcom Trope About Fat People That’s Way More F*cked Up Than You Might Think

If you’ve watched sitcoms, you’ve probably come across this trope that allows fat jokes without even including fat people – and here’s the reality …

Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless

Pour scorn elsewhere. / Joanna SlodownikLate capitalism is like your love life: it looks a lot less bleak through an Instagram filter. The slow …

Origins of the police

Works in theory The Five Points district of lower Manhattan, painted by George Catlin in 1827. New York’s first free Black settlement, Five Points …

Metrics Versus Experience

Some decades ago, if you wanted to build a great experience, you’d take a deep breath, close your eyes, and mutter a prayer to that oracle of …

Millennials Are Not Here To Save Us

The 2016 election cycle has sparked a familiar conversation about which demographics will be the most decisive in November. Stalwarts like blacks, …

Matthew McConaughey Can't Stop Being a Badass White Savior in Free State of Jones

See the Civil War through the Eyes of Matthew McConaughey by Ijeoma OluoEver since the end of the first season of <i>True Detective</i> I've really been …

How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians

The reputation isn’t just a stereotype—it’s the result of a calculated, highly progressive ad campaign launched 20 years ago.<p>How do you advertise a car that journalists describe as “sturdy, if drab”?<p>That was the question faced by Subaru of America executives in the 1990s. After the company’s …

LGBTQI

Confession Booth | Amber A’Lee Frost

Last fall, I taught my very first college class—an essay-writing course for freshmen. I was excited, but wary of first-time-teacher pitfalls, and so …

With embeddable tools, the German startup Opinary is trying to change the way readers share opinions

The company started as a side project, but with €1 million in outside investment, Opinary is now in 10 German newsrooms and looking toward the United States.<p>Cornelius Frey had been living abroad for more than 10 years when he returned home to Germany for Christmas in 2012. Working for McKinsey & …

How Yahoo derailed Tumblr

How Yahoo derailed Tumblr<p>After Marissa Mayer promised<br>‘not to screw it up’<p>How Yahoo derailed Tumblr<p>After Marissa Mayer promised<br>‘not to screw it …

Justice, not vengeance, for Anonymous

***trigger warning***<p>Dear friends,<p>By now I’m guessing most of you have read the most powerful statement on rape and its aftermath that, in my …

Real estate, gentrification and nightlife in New York

Party promoters in New York are part of a complex game that most don't even know they're playing. Max Pearl reports on how property developers and …

Rage Against the Machines

After Adam Lanza gunned down twenty children, six staff members, and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012, authorities began the kind …

Grand Theft Auto

Food deserts and fresh food access aren’t the problem. Poverty, not obesity, makes people sick.

A dozen recently and currently incarcerated women gathered in a classroom across the street from their San Francisco jail and considered a bulb of …

Technology and Socialist Strategy

“Anything but capital.” For mainstream economists, that’s the unspoken rule governing talk of what’s to blame for inequality. From Greg Mankiw’s …

Socialism

The celebrity privacy case that exposes hypocrisy of Silicon Valley power brokers

Tech companies talk about the free flow of information but their owners use their wealth to block any intrusion into their personal lives<p>Ours is a world where a handful of technology companies – along with a considerably higher number of their billionaire owners – are heading towards power that …

Shared, Collaborative and On Demand: The New Digital Economy

A number of new commercial online services have emerged in recent years, each promising to reshape some aspect of the way Americans go about their …

Do Startups Have a Drinking Problem?

I was three months into my first startup gig, as a community manager at a small company in Boulder, and we had just closed a Series A round of …

Imagining the Socialist Bathroom

Our new issue, “Between the Risings,” is out now. To celebrate its release, international subscriptions are $25 off, and limited prints of our Easter …

Flexport Wants to Be Uber of the Oceans

Ryan Petersen came up with a quality-control feint when he was working in China for his brother's import business. During a factory tour he'd excuse …

YACHT's sex tape hoax underestimated the empathy of the internet

The band's recent stunt proves you can't really control something once it's on the internet<p>Yesterday morning, the Los Angeles band YACHT released a statement on Facebook saying that a sex tape made by the band’s two members (Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt) had been leaked online. "We assumed …