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March 22, 2021
The Importance of Logging Off
How Neera Tanden’s hard-punching tweets knocked her right out of Joe Biden’s cabinet.
February 24, 2021
Facebook Remains a Threat to Democracy
Resisting a push for regulation and protective of right-wing extremism, the social media giant is making fake concessions that only increase its power.
February 23, 2021
A Defense of Neera Tanden’s Tweets (but Not of Neera Tanden)
The one thing that the Senate cannot stomach is telling the truth about the Republican Party.
February 22, 2021
Natalie Wynn Wants to Redistribute the Goddamn Champagne
The lavish pleasures of the YouTube star stand out against the dour solemnity of the left.
February 2, 2021
The Paradoxical Politics of the GameStop Pump
r/WallStreetBets and the double-edged sword of a self-aware Internet.
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January 22, 2021
Twitter and Facebook Just Proved That Deplatforming Works
The peaceful protests on Inauguration Day show what happens when social media companies
refuse to let white supremacists use them to organize and incite violence.
December 8, 2020
Why Democrats Lose on Social Media While Republicans Lie and Win Big
Dominating Facebook, the world’s largest media platform, enabled the GOP to demonize the Green New Deal.
November 25, 2020
Trump’s Election Lies Failed, but the Damage Is Done
Trump’s supporters, already steeped in white grievance, are predictably receptive to the idea that “illegal voters” have succeeded in stealing their democracy.
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 9, 2020
Going Undercover on a Racist Dating Site
An antifa reporter swipes white.