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A retrospective on one of the weirdest online controversies in recent history.

Stefan Etienne on the left, Linus Sebastian on the right. Courtesy of Linus Tech Tips on YouTube.

Few events quite carried the magnitude and breadth of online backlash as the Verge PC build. Were it not for its petty nature, what ensued after the much-famed ill-fated upload could only be described as happenings in a far-fetched work of fiction–a poorly-edited piece of video content gets dropped before…

It has its warts like any other online space, but it still is pretty cool.

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Tracing back the history of online exchange since its earliest days, Twitch chat is as defining and quintessential an experience as it can get. The exchange doesn’t have set parameters or defined parties it must occur between–the beautiful thing about Twitch chat is that it makes the stage whatever it…

Bask too much in old glory and your inevitable fate is to become a boomer.

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Imparting upon some hidden truth through satire that the wider public is often too wary to share is crucial to comedians’ role as part of the global commentariat. Yet in the case of Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, I couldn’t help but feel like assuredness of one’s views to the…

One of the most puzzling political circlejerks online.

The homepage of r/neoliberal as of October 4th, 2021.

What you seek to get out of politics largely depends on why you’ve gotten into it in the first place–for some, the pursuit of an elusive utopia at the expense of mass appeal is a worthwhile project despite obvious feasibility concerns, but others aren’t so imaginative about the future of…

On guilt, growth, agency over our own decisions (or lack thereof) and everything in-between.

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Spoilers ahead for Lucifer and the Good Place. If you’ve not finished both shows, I’d highly advise against reading this entry.

It’s been the tragedy of modern television that shows ever rarely get to tie up their every loose knot at the end, but Lucifer is resoundingly not of that…

Cesspits of toxicity they may become, they’re still invaluable pieces of our long-storied digital history.

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Humans are social beings, and even in the absence of physical proximity, the internet is still an outlet for them to form communities and seek rapport. The process often starts out earnest: A few people congregate along a common interest, others with similar inclinations follow suit, and the construct soon…

Absurd as Eric André in his humor, his oration succinct and concise, Samsen’s identity as a creator is distinct and unique.

Courtesy of Noah Samsen on YouTube.

It’s been a while since I was genuinely impressed by a fresh discovery on YouTube, and yet Noah Samsen managed to accomplish this nigh-impossible feat upon first viewing of an hour-long introduction to BreadTube, a space I’ve been documenting, covering and interviewed several subjects of for a few years now…

The latest in a saga of consecutive blows dealt to the fourth estate.

Pictured above is Vice magazine’s co-founder and former CEO Shane Smith. Courtesy of Flickr by Heisenberg Media. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

In digital media, nothing seems a l’abris from spontaneous dissolution, and it seems like a good portion of Vice’s written news business is on the chopping block as news broke of mass layoffs in a bid to pivot to video. This also comes on the heels on an organizing effort

When you fight to make your renegade views mainstream, the act eventually loses its edge.

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Everything on the internet rules by decree of capturing attention, and as it so happens, pursuing it nefariously can be most-lucrative. This is the playbook Andrew Sullivan has typically run–since his earliest days of writing on the internet, he’s amassed an audience for whom critical inquiry plays second fiddle to…

“Socialism is when poor and destitute” as a value statement should go extinct.

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To have Left Twitter pulsate under the heavy influence of yet another prominent leftist figure being scrutinized for something completely benign isn’t an uncommon occurrence, and if BreadTubers were mostly the victims of prior installments in this saga, now it’s streamers’ turn to pay penance–on Thursday, all hell broke loose

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