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May 10, 2021
What ‘Girlhood’ Means in 2021
A conversation with Melissa Febos about her radical essays on youth and gender.
April 23, 2021
Misinformation Is Destroying Our Country. Can Anything Rein It In?
Trump is gone, but the right-wing media is alive and well—and will further undermine our democracy if we let it.
April 20, 2021
Happy Doge Day! But Hold on to Your (Digital) Wallet.
The Coinbase flotation last week shows that cryptocurrency is here to stay—and that things will only get weirder from here.
April 20, 2021
Letters From the May 3/10, 2021, Issue
Disability access… Where is the joy?… Calexit vs. the filibuster… Black sci-fi worldmaking…
March 22, 2021
The Importance of Logging Off
How Neera Tanden’s hard-punching tweets knocked her right out of Joe Biden’s cabinet.
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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.
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.