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The Future of 📝 on the Internet

How language took over the internet, and how the internet is changing language.

Sept. 30 2016 10:21 AMHow Barack Obama Lost the Judicial Nomination StandoffOr did he win after all?
Sept. 29 2016 5:15 PMHow 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.
Sept. 28 2016 12:29 PMWeapon of Self-DestructionHow the Iraq war wrecked the GOP.
Sept. 27 2016 10:29 AMThe Vertical Video RevolutionWe all watch video on our phones now. Does that mean the widescreen movie is on its way out?
Sept. 26 2016 8:30 AMThe Companions of My HeartOn making friends on the internet.
Sept. 23 2016 11:02 AMWho Actually Won the Moneyball Revolution?Maybe it wasn’t about jocks vs. nerds, after all.
Sept. 22 2016 11:00 AMOne of Us“Stars—They’re Just Like Us” and the future of always-“on” celebrity coverage.
Sept. 21 2016 1:18 PMHow Barack Obama Became the Candidate of ChangeThe speech that turned Iowa—and the 2008 election—around for Barack Obama.
Sept. 18 2016 8:29 PMThe Death of the Telephone Call1876–2007.
Sept. 16 2016 7:03 AMThe 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.
Sept. 14 2016 7:45 AMThe 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.
Sept. 13 2016 9:39 AMThe 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.
Sept. 11 2016 9:20 PMJust the Wrong Amount of AmericanWen Ho Lee’s 1999 arrest taught Chinese Americans that their country may never trust them.
Sept. 11 2016 9:15 PMThe Next 20Slate has covered the world for two extraordinary decades. Here’s how the events that have happened on our watch will shape the decades to come.
Sept. 29 2016 6:22 PMThe Ballad of Balloon BoySeven years ago, an incredibly stupid mystery captivated CNN. Today, thanks to cable news, Balloon Boys are everywhere.
Sept. 28 2016 2:57 PMWhat Happens When Money Breaks the Rules?A 2005 speech by then-obscure Ben Bernanke predicted the great economic tragedy of our time.
Sept. 28 2016 12:00 PMWaking the Sleeping DragonWhy does Donald Trump hammer Hillary Clinton on trade? In part, because of Bill Clinton’s last great legislative victory.
Sept. 26 2016 12:28 PM110 Million Open HousesZillow, House Hunters, and how real estate became entertainment.
Sept. 23 2016 11:43 AMHow Did Chicago Get So Violent?Did the effort to eradicate the city’s gangs in the 1990s inadvertently lead to its bloody present?
Sept. 22 2016 2:51 PM“Why Ain’t We Scared?”A conversation with Paul Haggis about Crash.
Sept. 21 2016 5:44 PMThe 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.
Sept. 20 2016 5:45 AMWhen Cellphones Became CoolHow the Nokia 3210 started the mobile revolution—and what it tells us about the next world-changing gadget.
Sept. 18 2016 8:00 PMPulse and the Power of Queer TearsLGBTQ activists have a unique ability to translate grief into political action. So what happens after Orlando?
Sept. 15 2016 9:15 AMThe Folly of Ralph NaderIn the 2000 election, the high priest of anti-consumerism turned politics into the very thing he hated most.
Sept. 14 2016 5:30 AMThe Woman Who Taught Me PrudenceWhat I learned from the life, and death, of Marjorie Williams.
Sept. 12 2016 3:04 PMThere Is No Island of Trash in the PacificBut the cause of clean oceans needed a good story. Our warming planet could use another one.
Sept. 11 2016 9:18 PMThe New Powers That BeHarry Potter, the triumph of fandom, and the future of creativity.