There is a line of thinking that even Facebook’s critics help to strengthen its bottom line. Take the spread of misinformation, for instance. Soon after Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential win, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the idea that misleading information optimized for his platform had pushed Trump into the White…


In the future of the past, cyborgs were different. In the The Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Majors played Steve Austin, a test pilot who suffers severe injuries after crashing an experimental plane. He loses both legs and an arm, and is blinded in one eye. Austin then becomes an…


The twin towers in fog, 1998. image via Wikimedia Commons.

There’s a TikTok account I follow that’s just clips of the World Trade Center as it once was, in the decades and months preceding its destruction on September 11th, 2001.

One recent post is an excerpt of an old home video. It begins with a slow panning shot from the…


Ivermectin tablets. image via Wikimedia Commons.

“So, obviously one of the big stories going around right now is that all of the people that have been calling everyone ‘sheep’ for the last year and a half for getting vaccinating and wearing masks and taking the pandemic seriously are now eating a deworming cream intended for, among…


Her, Spike Jonze’s 2013 futuristic romantic drama, opens on Theodore Twombly sitting a a desk dictating a letter. “To my Chris, I have been thinking about how I could possibly tell you how much you mean to me,” he says, pensively. …


“Vanquished” Emily Carr, 1930. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

If you want to know a country, look at its art. This is the advice the curator of the Twitter account @CanadianPaintings once gave as a tour guide in Europe. It’s advice she now thinks Canadians might well consider taking, too. …


Clifford Stoll’s column in the February 27, 1995 edition of Newsweek

“After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community.”

In 1995, Clifford Stoll wrote for Newsweek…


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An alert pings on my iPhone. I look over to learn that the Amazon rain forest is now emitting more carbon dioxide than it absorbs. Sounds bad, I think. …


image capture via Instagram

Influencers in the Wild is an Instagram account with just over 4 million followers. The name suggests that the account’s posts feature popular social media personalities, but instead the name is ironic, and curated in its stream are clips of ordinary people making social media content — in other words…


Our social media content was supposed to only be a temporary problem. Back in 2007, when people began to worry that maybe all the stuff they were posting to Facebook might affect their job prospects, Jason Warner, a then-recruiter at Google, no less, offered reassurance. Eventually, employers aren’t going to…

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