From QAnon to Pizzagate, When Online Conspiracies Form Cults

From QAnon to Pizzagate, When Online Conspiracies Form Cults

In recent months there’s been an increase in stories in which a follower of radical conspiracies shifts their actions from the web and into the world. In June, a QAnon conspiracy follower kicked off a one-man standoff at the Hoover Dam. Another QAnon supporter was...
The Flu Shot Needs Fewer Stats and More Stories

The Flu Shot Needs Fewer Stats and More Stories

Two weeks ago, the CDC disclosed that more Americans were killed by the flu last year than at any time in 40 years—more than 79,000—and hospitalizations and illnesses hit record highs. The CDC pinpointed one possible reason for the high death rate: The number of...
Does Latinx Twitter Exist?

Does Latinx Twitter Exist?

A few months back, I began following the #nomames hashtag on Twitter. It’s Spanish slang that was born out of a bit of vulgarity; the words literally translate to “don’t suck,” a phrase that can have … certain connotations. But the term has evolved into a flippant...
How to Hack an Election (Without Touching the Machines)

How to Hack an Election (Without Touching the Machines)

On Monday morning, just 24 hours before polls opened in the US midterm elections, President Trump sounded an alarm with a Tweet: “Law Enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING which may take place in Tuesday’s Election (or Early...
To Curb Fake News and Hate, We Need a Little Less Speech

To Curb Fake News and Hate, We Need a Little Less Speech

Social media are doomsday machines. They distract, divide, and madden; we can no longer hear each other, speak coherently, or even think. As a result, our social, civic, and political ligands are dissolving. Everywhere, people consult their screens to affirm what they...