Very Online

Very Online: The Terrifying Scale of the Online Gossip Economy

Our human instinct to discuss—and judge—others is increasingly warped by social platforms.

Very Online: Emily Mariko Has Us Obsessed—for Now

There’s a fundamental contradiction in nearly all influencers’ lifestyle content. Read more »

Very Online: On TikTok, Teens Reshape Abortion Culture

Young people know that forced-childbirth diehards are on the wrong side of this fight. Read more »

Very Online: Can Claudia Conway’s Platform Save Her?

“My mom deserves to go to jail—that’s unreal.” Read more »

Very Online: Bean Dad Continues a Tradition of Performative Parenting

From Facebook to Twitter and beyond, parents dunk on their own children online. Read more »

Very Online: Is “Owning the Libs” is More Important than Telling the Truth?

Racist white politicians are learning that they don’t have to lie well. Read more »

Very Online: You Can’t Escape Death on TikTok

We’re still learning what to do with death, both online and off. Read more »

Very Online: Biden Beauty and the Presidential Merch Wars

Biden Beauty feels to me like less of an investment in Biden himself than the result of a nagging uncertainty. Read more »

Very Online: Distilling RBG into a Meme Warps Her Legacy

In death, the memeification of Ginsburg fails her. Read more »

Very Online: Inside the Endless Post-Police Brutality Loop

We continue treading the same digital footsteps, hoping that, maybe, this time, it’ll make a difference. Read more »

Very Online: Quarantine Is Changing Influencer Culture. Will It Last?

In quarantine, influencer marketing is being tossed into harsher light. Read more »

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