THE LATEST ARTICLES
SILICON VALLEY • December 22, 2022
Have We Reached Peak Elon?
Holiday predictions from across Silicon Valley, on the passing of Twitter, a new low for web3, Meta vs. Apple, and the true dawn of A.I.
SILICON VALLEY • December 11, 2022
Is the Next Tina Fey a Bot?
The rise of ChatGPT suggests how artificial intelligence is coming for the arts.
SILICON VALLEY • November 27, 2022
The Post-Twitter Promised Land
We all complain incessantly about the world’s most infamous microblogging platform—hate speech, divisiveness, stupidity, bots—so what’s the future of the digital town square, post-Elon rule?
SILICON VALLEY • November 13, 2022
Musk Fast and S.B.F. Things
A mantra of an age, as emblemized by the Zuckerberg generation of Silicon Valley megastars, meets its fitting conclusion with extraordinary speed in a week.
HOLLYWOOD • October 30, 2022
When It All Falls Down
Some thoughts on the artist formerly known as Kanye West. And Mark Zuckerberg, too.
WASHINGTON • October 14, 2022
Rethinking Democracy After L.A.’s Racism Scandal
Solidarity is complicated, especially in politics. But the trials of the last week also offer opportunities to move beyond zero-sum thinking at a time when faith in our democratic process could use a reboot.
WASHINGTON • August 7, 2022
Jan 6. & Modern Memory
A conversation with Tina Nguyen on the past, present and future of the far right.
WASHINGTON • May 15, 2022
The Real Tragedy of Samuel Alito’s Logic
The Justice’s search for Constitutional validation to support his anti-abortion ruling is another sign that the arc of the American experiment doesn’t always bend toward justice—and that not every institution is focused on closing the gap between our country’s promise and what we actually deliver for our citizens.
MEDIA • April 21, 2022
How Twitter Became Twitter
Twitter, which was once a peer with Facebook, is now 1/15th its size, and its most fastidious user is trying to take it private, while everyone—Democrats, Republicans, mom-fluencers, journalists—hates the damn thing despite their own contrary addictions. Herewith, an anatomy of a social media tragedy.
MEDIA • March 31, 2022
See You in the Metaverse
My recent trip to Austin for SXSW offered a number of startling realizations. First off, web3 is going to be bigger than we ever imagined. It may also, finally, be the internet platform that makes the world a better place.