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The Future of 📝 on the Internet
How language took over the internet, and how the internet is changing language.
How Hot or Not Invented a Brave New World of Online ConnectionThanks to a silly online game, you may well be broadcasting your romantic availability from your pocket right now.
The Vertical Video RevolutionWe all watch video on our phones now. Does that mean the widescreen movie is on its way out?
How Barack Obama Became the Candidate of ChangeThe speech that turned Iowa—and the 2008 election—around for Barack Obama.
The Lessons of Kony 2012The viral video quickly became a punch line, but it taught a generation of activists how to harness the power of social media for good.
The First Drone StrikeOn Nov. 14, 2001, a weapons system designed to defeat Soviets tanks on the plains of Europe appeared in the sky over Kabul, Afghanistan.
The Vagina Music of Walking and TalkingTwenty years ago, Nicole Holofcener’s debut flopped. Now, it feels like a prophecy about the women who rule pop culture.
Just the Wrong Amount of AmericanWen Ho Lee’s 1999 arrest taught Chinese Americans that their country may never trust them.
The Ballad of Balloon BoySeven years ago, an incredibly stupid mystery captivated CNN. Today, thanks to cable news, Balloon Boys are everywhere.
What Happens When Money Breaks the Rules?A 2005 speech by then-obscure Ben Bernanke predicted the great economic tragedy of our time.
Waking the Sleeping DragonWhy does Donald Trump hammer Hillary Clinton on trade? In part, because of Bill Clinton’s last great legislative victory.
How Did Chicago Get So Violent?Did the effort to eradicate the city’s gangs in the 1990s inadvertently lead to its bloody present?
The Professor, the Cop, and the PresidentAfter the “beer summit,” the fallacy of a post-racial America was over—and white citizens never thought of Barack Obama the same way again.
When Cellphones Became CoolHow the Nokia 3210 started the mobile revolution—and what it tells us about the next world-changing gadget.
Pulse and the Power of Queer TearsLGBTQ activists have a unique ability to translate grief into political action. So what happens after Orlando?
The Folly of Ralph NaderIn the 2000 election, the high priest of anti-consumerism turned politics into the very thing he hated most.
There Is No Island of Trash in the PacificBut the cause of clean oceans needed a good story. Our warming planet could use another one.