Social Media as Image Management: How Cops Are Using TikTok to Distract from Police Brutality
While in full gear, an officer tells TikTok users that he’s their new dad, he’ll tuck them into bed, and he’ll and let them stay up late playing video games. Read more »
Bad Revenue: When Creators Harass Queer People, YouTube Profits
While YouTube proudly displayed a rainbow logo as a symbolic performance of allyship, they doubled down on their decision to let homophobic harassment remain on the platform. Read more »
From Memes to Equal Pay: How Lesbian Meme Culture Produced A New Dedicated Soccer Fandom
With their World Cup win, the United States women’s national soccer team has been extensively memed, leading to newly obsessed queer fans—and more supporters in their fight for pay equity. Read more »
Consumer Retorts: Are Anti-Hauls the Antidote to YouTube’s Cult of Consumerism?
Swapping “whatever you are will never be enough” for “whatever you have will never be enough” is a lateral move at best. Read more »
Ghosts in the Machine: Have We Entrusted Too Much to the Internet?
We take for granted that the internet will always remember what we might otherwise forget. Read more »
Here For a Black Planet: Solange’s New Album Sparks Nostalgia for a Pioneering Social-Media Platform
Solange’s partnership with BlackPlanet feels like its own homecoming. Read more »
From Information Superhighway to Digital Runway: The Complicated Legacy of Fashion Blogging
In its own way, fashion and beauty blogging is as aspirational as traditional fashion media. Read more »
Unzuck Your Life: A Post-Facebook Vision for Online Organizing
The rent on Facebook is just too damn high. Read more »
The Weird and Wild World of Reddit Relationships
It’s not surprising that people turn to the internet for relationship advice. Read more »
Inside Job: Can We Achieve Social Justice on a Platform Built to Exploit?
The business models that have made Facebook such an effective community-building tool are fundamentally at odds with the ethics of many of the communities it helps build. Read more »