We Need to Talk About Talking About QAnon

We Need to Talk About Talking About QAnon

We need to talk about talking about QAnon. So far, news coverage has focused on describing the phenomenon, debunking its most outrageous claims, and discussing its real-world consequences. The problem is, even after all the explainers, debunks, and stakes-laying,...
Covid-19 Vaccines Could End Up With Bias Built Right In

Covid-19 Vaccines Could End Up With Bias Built Right In

Rich countries have often pressed for an advantage in procuring vaccines, and that pattern of behavior is playing out again today. Recently, the US stepped back from a global effort to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 immunization; while well-off nations such as...
QAnon Is Like a Game—a Most Dangerous Game

QAnon Is Like a Game—a Most Dangerous Game

When QAnon emerged in 2017, the game designer Adrian Hon felt a shock of recognition. QAnon, as you very likely know, is the right-wing conspiracy theory that revolves around a figure named Q. This supposedly high-ranking insider claims that the deep state—an alleged...
Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare

Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare

President Donald Trump would probably be surprised to learn that he is vindicating Marx’s claim that when history repeats itself, the second time is a farce. The administration’s odd war on TikTok echoes the period more than half a century ago when the US government...
Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Last weekend, the president of the United States urged Americans to vote twice in the upcoming election. This brazen—and illegal—suggestion spread quickly across social media and once again underscored the unprecedented risks of this election season: the Covid-19...