Tuesday, September 22, 2020
The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

Criticism of Portland’s protesters hinges on denouncing them as militant anarchists, communists, and “antifa terrorists” destroying their own city, so actual Portland protesters are careful to label themselves clearly and...
The Media Monsters in the National Dialog

The Media Monsters in the National Dialog

Probably the most pressing question in the world right now—that nobody, much to their detriment, is asking—is this: How do you spell dialog?There are two ways—just like that, or...
Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

Contraband cell phones are one of the few avenues for prisoners to call attention to problems from the inside. Earlier this month, one TikTok user who indicated they were an...
America’s Great—if Small—Return to Drive-In Theaters

America’s Great—if Small—Return to Drive-In Theaters

Drive-ins don’t usually have Rite Aids. Or post offices. They certainly don’t open with a kid in a T-shirt reading a message off their phone advising everyone to “wear a...
Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

A couple of weeks into talking, though, one of his channel moderators, who goes by Snookville, wrote her a message warning her about Earney’s alleged behavior toward women. The moderator...
Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health

Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health

It’s 11:37 pm and the pattern shows no signs of shifting. At 1:12 am, it’s more of the same. Thumb down, thumb up. Twitter, Instagram, and—if you’re feeling particularly...
We Need More Movies Where the Sharks Win

We Need More Movies Where the Sharks Win

Steven Spielberg’s classic movie Jaws, about a shark that terrorizes a beachfront community, is one of the scariest movies ever made. Horror author Paul Tremblay says that Jaws gave him...
Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

Videogame composers know that players will respond to games as they do to cinema. "The thing about film scores and scores for linear media that we have to understand is...
The Removal of 'Gone with the Wind' From HBO Max Isn't Censorship

The Removal of ‘Gone with the Wind’ From HBO Max Isn’t Censorship

Although some of the chatter has made it sound like HBO is trying to memory-hole Gone With the Wind forever, it is planning to return the film to its roster...
'Minecraft Dungeons' Makes Dungeon Crawlers Accessible to All

‘Minecraft Dungeons’ Makes Dungeon Crawlers Accessible to All

In the 1990s, before hitting at infinitely repeatable success with the action-adventure formula of the Lego Star Wars games, Lego used to put out a lot of videogames. Under...

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