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October 13, 2020
One Weird Trick for Destroying the Digital Economy
Tim Hwang thinks we should burst the bubble of the ad-supported internet before it’s too late.
October 6, 2020
Who Will Save the News?
Victor Pickard’s new book argues that without a public intervention American journalism faces a dire future.
July 9, 2020
Facebook Fuels Its Users’ Ignorance With Lies
It’s time to stop clicking on the ads.
May 6, 2020
Michael Jordan Is the Antihero of Our Times
We can admire Jordan’s skill, but especially now we must reject his flawed approach to life.
November 1, 2019
Twitter Just Banned Political Ads. Hold Your Applause.
Being better than Facebook is not good enough.
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June 28, 2019
Branding Fake Justice for Generation Z
Meet Brud, the secretive tech start-up here to outfit corporations with fashionable social causes—through elaborate CGI fiction.
October 22, 2018
Colin Kaepernick’s Celebrity Allies
Rihanna and Amy Schumer are forgoing the Super Bowl halftime show and ads this year in solidarity with the banished quarterback.
June 7, 2018
I Think My Friend Is a Jordan Peterson Fan. What Should I Do?
Another reader asks if it’s ethical to help an advertising firm understand “modern retirement.”
October 23, 2017
Russian Trolling of US Social Media May Have Been Much Greater Than We Thought
The latest revelations from inside Russia heighten concern over Moscow’s Internet “troll farm.”
August 23, 2017
What ‘The Village Voice’ Taught Us About Speaking Truth to Power
As the venerable weekly newspaper ceases print publication, let us hope that its brilliantly belligerent journalistic legacy lives on.