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How the Internet turned Alex From Target into a teenage heartthrob

#AlexFromTarget is all the proof you need that teenage fans are the biggest force on the Internet. Over the weekend, a teenage Target employee named Alex turned into the latest Internet sensation,...

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23 suggestions for Google's new corporate mantra

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Google cofounder and CEOLarry Page expressed the need, a decade after its initial public offering, to expand and refine the company’s mission statement....

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Gamergate's doomed plan to win over Tumblr

In the three months since the Gamergate movement began, its proponents have only managed to make a dent in Gawker’s bottom line and out themselves as virulent misogynists. Ethics in journalism are...

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Is Matt Drudge just trolling everyone on Twitter?

Earlier this year, right-wing Internet news kingmaker Matt Drudge stood athwart Twitter yelling stop. Drudge first joined Twitter in 2011, but this May, he erased all of his tweets save for one, which...

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Alex From Target was a marketing stunt to manipulate teenage girls

It turns out that #AlexFromTarget was a marketing hoax, but not exactly the one you’d think. #AlexFromTarget seems like it would be a viral campaign from Target. It’s right there in the hashtag, and...

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#AlexFromTarget began with 2 Texas teens, predating alleged marketing campaign

#AlexFromTarget, a hashtag prompted by a viral photo of a teenage Target employee, rocked the Internet on Sunday. Memes surfaced left and right, and media outlets scrambled to cover this new...

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Rand Paul tweets, and immediately deletes, message about running for president

Running for president is a long and complicated dance that involves years of carefully choreographed forward and backward motion. The key for hopeful candidates is to keep their names forever on the...

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Suicide-prevention app faces backlash over user privacy

Mental health charity Samaritans wants to help people on social media who show signs of depression and suicidal thoughts. With all the concerns about young people becoming isolated online, this sounds...

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Why is Firefox tweeting Gamergate nonsense?

Mozilla's social media accounts seem to want women in gaming to examine all sides of the metaphorical rocks that have been hitting them in the face for the last two months. While the rest of the world...

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Discovery Channel will show man being 'eaten alive' by an anaconda

The Internet is justifiably bewildered over Discovery Channel’s promotion of a special called “Eaten Alive,” in which an avowed lover of snakes will allow himself to be swallowed by an anaconda....

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The inside story on Beyoncé's social media strategy

‘Yoncé might be on everyone’s mouth like liquor, but if there’s one place the pop diva isn’t, it’s Twitter. Though the powerhouse entertainer has amassed a whopping 13.7 million followers since...

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How Dungeons & Dragons can help Twitter fight trolls

One of the core problems of Twitter with regards to trolling and bullying is that all users are created equal. While the various follow, filter, and block features allow you to craft the version of...

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Dying woman says goodbye to the horse she raised from birth

Sheila Marsh, grandmother of four and a lover of animals all her life, passed away this week at the age of 77, but not before the staff at the Wigan Royal Infirmary granted her one last wish: the...

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Twitter teams up with women's advocacy group to help solve its harassment...

Reporting Twitter harassment just got a little easier. The nonprofit group Women, Action, and the Media (WAM) is teaming up with Twitter to combat the issue of harassment that many women face online....

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Neil deGrasse Tyson had stellar science praise for 'Interstellar'

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has often criticized Hollywood science-fiction movies for their shaky grasp of science, but the popular science communicator is giving Interstellar an unusually...

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Why Readergate is the Gamergate takedown we've all been waiting for

Since August, no one has been able to go online or turn on the TV without encountering think pieces about GamerGate. The situation began after video game developer Zoe Quinn’s ex-boyfriend wrote a...

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Why young people are ditching Hollywood for Silicon Valley

Late last week, Seth Abramovitch over at the Hollywood Reporter wrote the latest dispatch from print media’s favorite trend piece du jour: those damn millennials, this time harping on the bratty,...

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Fighting game organizer steps down after death and rape threats

A top organizer for one of the biggest tournaments in fighting games, Apex, has stepped down after he and his family received death threats. Jonathan “Alex Strife” Lugo became the target of attacks...

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Bill Cosby really shouldn't have asked Twitter to meme him

I think all of us will remember where we were when this was tweeted from Bill Cosby’s account amidst a national discussion as to whether the legendary comedian is a serial rapist. Go ahead. Meme me!...

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What Piers Morgan doesn't understand about the 'N-word'

What's the matter with Piers Morgan? Almost everything. Yesterday, Piers Morgan published an article on the Daily Mail titled, “If black Americans want the 'N-word' to die, they will have to kill it...

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