Internet culture scribe with an interest in the digital economy, content creators, media and politics.

For something seemingly so simple, a neat description of it is not-so-easily forthcoming.

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There’s something distinct about the experience of using Twitter that renders human beings completely unrecognizable when contrasted against their meatspace selves. It’s been already established that social media warps the way we present ourselves online because it optimizes for engagement, but Twitter in particular filters our every thought and emotion…

A lot of energy is being spent on what is of very little consequence.

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It feels like since Donald Trump was gone from the White House, cultural discourse collapsed into a singular narrow continuum from which only a few items at a time can gain traction, but their gravitational pull is as strong as political scandals of the highest order in yester eras. It…

The bar for an open-world arcade racer has once again been raised.

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It’s been a while since I took a look at a game in as much detail as you’re about to see, but I’ve had so much fun with the latest entry in the Forza Horizon series that I couldn’t deny myself the courtesy. The vibes are reminiscent of those in…

The company’s deference to profit over user safety undermines its latest rebranding effort.

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Having witnessed Mark Zuckerberg making a fool of himself at Georgetown University a few years ago, Facebook’s announcement of a name change to “Meta” carried with it the same unwitting pomposity. The company thinks of itself as a pioneer in the metaverse conversation, but what it created had merely been…

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

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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…

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…

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