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A new social network grants you a real-life 'Follower' for a day

Follower is the ultimate "social network" for people who aren't satisfied with random attention on Twitter and want anonymous relationships to extend into the physical realm, too.<p>"Don't go unnoticed," is its tagline. "Follower is a service that grants you a real-life Follower for a day. A no-hassle …

Social Media

Social Media and Secret Lives of American Teenage Girls

Illustration by Rebecca Mock for TIME<p>Once upon a time, only the wealthy and privileged could afford to have their portraits painted by a small, …

Social Media

What Happened When a NASA Astronaut Got Harassed on Twitter

Documents obtained using the Freedom of Information Act show the extreme lengths law enforcement went to to protect an astronaut from Twitter harassment.<p>Time and time again, those who have been harassed on Twitter have pleaded for the social media network and law enforcement to take threats against …

Surveillance

Was an Episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation Never Filmed Because it Featured Two Gay Crew Members on the Enterprise?

One of the main concepts of Gene Roddenberry's <i>Star Trek</i> was that in the future, all the silly prejudices of the modern era were gone. In the original series that came out in the 1960s, right smack in the middle of the Cold War, Roddenberry had a Russian serving on the Enterprise's bridge. During …

Science Fiction

Teens have a smart reason for abandoning Facebook and Twitter

When my digital media students are sitting, waiting for class to start, and staring at their phones, they are not checking Facebook. They’re not checking Instagram or Pinterest or Twitter. No, they’re catching up on the news of the day by checking out their friends’ Stories on Snapchat, chatting in …

Social Media
Emerging Markets

Porn and Critical Thinking: The Importance of Using Your Head When Looking at Scientific Results

Recently, my colleagues and I accidentally reinvigorated public discussions of pornography's impact on the treatment of women by publishing an archival study[i] examining the correlates of pornography use. Although limited in its scope, and never really intended for public consumption, our …

Psychology

Hollywood's Diversity Problem Begins In The Writing Room, New Study Shows

This week, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Spike Lee vowed to skip the Oscars after not a single actor of color was nominated for the prestigious award. A 2013 investigation by the LA Times revealed the Academy membership is 93% white and today remains overwhelmingly so, suggesting that …

Box Office

The anthropologist, Margaret Meade, photographing Maxwell Street, Chicago, 1956

Anthropology

Some thoughts on Carrie Fisher

Certain corners of the internet are rumpled with consternation over Carrie Fisher’s appearance in <i>The Force Awakens</i>. Specifically, people want her to …

Movies
Star Wars

Scientists have used groundbreaking technology to figure out how the Earth looked a billion years ago

By the time Dietmar Mueller arrived at the University of Texas as a graduate student in the mid-1980s, scientists had already long embraced a once-astonishing idea: that the continents on which all human history has unfolded, rather than fixtures of constancy, were orphans of a former grand …

Earth Science

Hollywood inequality made headlines in 2015. But did we make any real progress?

New characters Rey and Finn in <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. <i>Photo: Lucasfilm</i><p>I've been writing about culture for six years, four-and-a-half of them …

Hollywood today: The nostalgia business model awakens

<b>The biggest film successes of the year were all franchise movies in long-running series that exploited our fond memories of the originals better than</b> …

​What the Future Fiction of 2015 Said About Humans Today

A look at the big themes in our science fiction—in TV shows, movies, books, video games, and comics—this year.<p>We told a lot of stories about the future in 2015. More than usual, maybe. Big budget blockbusters, hefty, idea-rich novels, and epic, dystopian video games—there was complex, stirring …

Science Fiction

Social media goes to journalism school

When Twitter said it would lay off 8 per cent of its workforce in October, it was the latest sign that the microblog's bid to become the global …

Study: Carson, Trump Rule Facebook, Hillary Owns Twitter and All Candidates Love Emojis

Which posts by candidates for the 2016 presidential election resonated most with social media users? Fusion fired up its Political Image Machine to …

Social Media

The Year in Internet Memes and Social-Media Obsessions: A Short Story

007 stood in the doorway at MI6 headquarters, his ebony skin a stark contrast to his white dinner jacket.<p>"Sir?"<p>"Black James Bond, come in," M said, motioning to a chair. He handed Bond a dossier. Inside was a picture of a chubby infant with a cherubic face—cherubic, if you ignored his paintbrush …

James Bond

From 'Facebook Revolution' to 'Twitter Jihad'

Five years on, researchers weigh in on how we got from Tunisia and the Arab Spring to where we are now.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>On December 17, 2010, a 26-year-old …

A Comparative Analysis of America’s Seven Most Electable Fictional Presidents

(Photo Illustration: Taylor Le/Getty Images)<i>Welcome to No One’s Watching Week, the time of the year when the readers are away, and your tireless</i> …

George W. Bush

Islamic State's Dark Beginnings

Two years ago, President Barack Obama dismissed Islamic State as al-Qaeda's "J.V. team." Today, it controls roughly a third of Mesopotamia and wreaks …

Political Incorrectness Is Scientifically Bogus

Among Republicans, it has become politically correct to be politically incorrect. Actually that’s the most politically correct thing that you can …

Critical Thinking

Fear, fake data, and fragmented parties: political science in 2015

Bloggers notwithstanding, the primary goal of most political scientists is not to provide internet commentary on politics, but to humbly seek answers about why the political world unfolds as it does. Ideally, these answers will have some relevance to the aspects of politics that normal people care …

Political Science

5 Great Social Media Campaigns To Inspire Your 2016 Marketing Strategy

Albane is a member of the Talkwalker content team, as well as the person in charge of marketing operations on the French-speaking market. When she's …

George Lucas Says He Sold STAR WARS To "White Slavers," Elaborates on His Thoughts About THE FORCE AWAKENS

The matrix of cinema and journalism for 21st century storytelling

Dr David Dunkley Gyimah is a journalist/coder, artist, news/ filmmaker and university lecturer. He’s a former network TV and radio journalist. His …

Pinterest Refers More Traffic to Retail Sites Than Reddit, Twitter and YouTube Combined

Since the early days of social media, the big question has been around measuring the return on investment. While it’s nice to know the value of a …

Advertising Industry

A Journey Into the Heart of Facebook

How the “sharing” company’s data centers reveal its values<p>We are running late to the Facebook Data Center. I keep checking my watch, as if the seconds might start moving backwards if I stare hard enough. This is not a particularly safe way to drive. I am, apparently, more concerned with being late …

Time I

The 10 most influential sci-fi movies of all time

Author Brian Clegg uses his new book, "Ten Billion Tomorrows," to show how a host of fictional topics has led to new discoveries in science and technology.<p>Here Clegg tells us about 10 movies in history that have influenced people to think about science beyond the classrooms and laboratories.

Science Fiction
Donald Trump