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The 11 dumbest things people actually said about Ferguson

The situation developing in Ferguson, Mo., is so volatile, with so many unverifiable claims and factors in play, that most descriptions of the chaos feel at once euphemistic and misinformed. The...

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NBC takes a risky digital route to create social buzz for 'A to Z'

Sometimes the sitcom remixer gets it right. Take two parts 500 Days of Summer, one part Mad About You, mix aggressively with some cross-generational pop culture references, and you have the half-hour...

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Chris Christie caught up in Twitter fight over train delays

Although the 2016 presidential race is still two years away, some differences are already emerging in the field of likely Republican candidates. For example, if you ask Rand Paul a question he doesn’t...

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Soccer fans ordered to stop sharing goals on Vine

With the advent of social media, sharing for many has become an almost reflexive act. Seen something cool or exciting? Stick it on Facebook and share it with your friends! The trend can play fast and...

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The Internet has a testosterone addiction

BY ZARON BURNETT III You might think when I say the Internet has a testosterone problem that I mean the malignant attitudes of MRA trolls that often dominate comment sections. I might also mean all...

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An American's guide to the English Premier League

Are you ready for some football? No, not that football. Though preseason is under way, the NFL season does not officially kick off until Sept. 4, when the Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers....

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The 'other' Darren Wilson speaks out as Ferguson shooter is named

This morning, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson revealed the name of the officer who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown—an act that triggered protests, looting, and violent clashes...

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Twitter cofounder joins Ferguson protesters on first night of curfew

As a critical mass of locals and journalists take to the streets of Ferguson, Mo. once more, Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey is putting his mouth where his money is. After arriving in the St. Louis...

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How social media changed the conversation on #Ferguson

BY MIKKI KENDALL Police brutality in America has long been a story in the inner city told by residents to each other—with the exception of the occasional atrocity writ large enough to make the news....

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Twitter is turning favorites into retweets, and nobody's happy

While Facebook curates content through complex algorithms intended to reflect its users’ interests and preferences, Twitter is often described as a “firehose.” Its users are blasted with an...

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Twitter is infiltrating your timeline, and it's a good thing

Twitter is the headquarters of the control freak. It’s a social network for those who want everlasting control over what they see and from whom they see it. And now Twitter is experimenting with a new...

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Why Twitter's new verified feature is disastrous for #Ferguson

Twitter outdid itself last week. Tweets—not broadcast news, not Facebook, not the New York Times front page nor NPR—proved far and away the most relevant way to track developments out of Ferguson, Mo....

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Aphex Twin announces new album on the Deep Web

Aphex Twin, an Irish electronic musician with a knack for being lightyears ahead of the curve, just announced a brand new album on the Deep Web by launching a Tor hidden service. SYRO, Aphex Twin’s...

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This app analyzes Twitter accounts to tell you if someone is a troll

We’ve all seen those shady Twitter accounts that are very clearly being run by a bot or especially obnoxious human being. Peddling discount Viagra, free iPhones, or simply begging you to click on a...

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5 ways you can raise ALS awareness without dumping ice on your head

The ice bucket challenge has pretty much peaked at this point, and all the appropriate criticisms levied upon it: we’re wasting fresh water while people around the globe die of thirst, reinforcing...

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Twitter is suspending accounts that share video of American's beheading

Twitter is suspending accounts that post the horrifying footage of terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant—better known as ISIS—apparently beheading American journalist James Foley....

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Twitter will now remove images of deceased loved ones by request

Twitter employee Nu Wexler announced the site’s new policy for removing images and video of deceased people late yesterday, following the recent news that Robin Williams’ daughter was leaving Twitter...

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Navigating tech as a trans black man

BY DR. KORTNEY ZIEGLER I am new to tech. I've spent the majority of my adult career as an independent artist writing, directing and filming my way into avenues of visibility while moonlighting as a...

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The 10 kinds of trolls you will encounter when talking about Mike Brown

BY OLIVIA A. COLE If you’re paying attention to the events unfolding in Ferguson—and by God, you better be—then you probably already know there is a group of people in this country of ours who are...

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Why white pop stars can't shake off cultural appropriation

BY CHRIS OSTERNDORF For a 24-year-old girl who mostly sings sappy love songs, Taylor Swift has become quite the lightning rod when it comes to attracting controversy. With the release of the video for...

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