Amanda Hess
Amanda Hess Amanda Hess

Amanda Hess is a Slate staff writer. 

Nov. 25 2015 12:10 PMThanksgiving Is the Worst Social Media Holiday Eat your ugly turkey, don’t Instagram it. 
Nov. 22 2015 8:25 PMInside the Sony HackWhat it was like to be a rank-and-file Sony employee as the unprecedented cyberattack tore the company apart.
Oct. 28 2015 5:05 AMDon’t Ban Yik YakFeminists and civil rights groups are trying to get universities to block the very app that gives marginalized students a voice on campus. 
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2015 2:30 PMFacebook’s “Trending” Is the Worst Place on the InternetIt knows me too well.
Oct. 13 2015 2:56 PMHow the Internet Killed PlayboyThe nudie magazine is going PG-13 to save itself in the digital age.
Oct. 7 2015 4:32 PMThe Disgusting Coverage of Caleb Bratayley’s DeathReporters didn’t care about the YouTube child vlogger until he died.
DoubleX Gabfest
Sept. 17 2015 12:28 PMDoubleX Gabfest: The Text Me You Love Me EditionListen to Slate’s show about the Internet’s addiction to personal essays.
Sept. 10 2015 7:23 PMConstant ConnectionWe used to believe technology made us lonely. A whole new body of research says it doesn’t.
Sept. 3 2015 9:30 AMMaybe LaterYou don’t have to go to college right away.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 26 2015 11:14 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Will There Be a Zombie Around the Corner?” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Fear the Walking Dead, and the Ashley Madison hack.
Aug. 19 2015 8:51 PMHow Should I Feel About the Ashley Madison Leak?The confusing moral compass of a hack targeting a cheating website and the cheating cheaters, and wannabe cheating cheaters, who use it.
Political Gabfest
Aug. 14 2015 11:16 AMThe Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever EditionListen to Slate’s show about the post-debate feud between Donald Trump and Fox News, the reordering of Google’s corporate structure, and the one-issue presidential bid of law professor Lawrence Lessig.
Aug. 11 2015 10:00 AM“I Knew I Was This Outsider Swooping Into a Really Intimate Community”Amanda Hess on the challenges of reporting on suicide intervention and social media.
Brow Beat
Aug. 6 2015 8:02 AMThe Most Jon Stewart Moments in the History of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
July 31 2015 5:45 AMCause of Death What the New York Times gets wrong about suicide.
Behind the Scenes
Nov. 25 2015 10:00 AMSweet Dreams Are Made of ThisDo recurring dreams mean anything? Slate staffers discuss.
The Drift
Nov. 17 2015 10:02 AMForget the Taboo—We Should All Be Talking About Our Dreams
Oct. 26 2015 4:34 PMExhibit A: ;-)Courts are evaluating emoticons as evidence—but nobody really knows what they mean.
Oct. 16 2015 3:29 PMWhy Does Hate Thrive Online?The roots of Internet culture provide a few clues. 
Oct. 8 2015 12:58 PMThe Hypnotic Appeal of the KardashiappsKim, Kylie, and the other sisters’ apps got 1 million subscriptions in a week. I think I know why.
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2015 3:38 PMWhat We Learned from the Arizona Diamondbacks Sorority Selfie Scandal
Sept. 11 2015 5:32 PM“Jihadists Want Kill Us”The annual ritual of awkwardly tweeting about 9/11.
Sept. 9 2015 4:42 PM“This Is a Shady Business We In, Fam”The rise and fall and likely rise again of parody Twitter.
Aug. 28 2015 5:41 PM“I Have Made It Though the Winds and Waters”A haunting Internet history of Hurricane Katrina.
Aug. 26 2015 5:41 AMLaugh FactoryIt’s not just the Fat Jew. A whole online ecosystem exists to cut, paste, and cash in on other people’s jokes.
Aug. 18 2015 7:40 PMThe Women! They’re Using Gadgets and Having Sex!Panic over hookup technology like Tinder is out of control—and always has been. 
Aug. 12 2015 5:52 AM“WE’RE GOING VIRAL!!”How parents Sam and Nia Rader extracted pee from a toilet to become famous (again) on YouTube.
The XX Factor
Aug. 6 2015 2:52 PMLenny Kravitz’s Penis Proves That Lenny Kravitz Is the Perfect Male Celebrity
Aug. 6 2015 5:57 AMRed Red WhineIs bias against redheads really “one of the last great social prejudices”?
July 30 2015 10:50 AMShorts WarsAmanda Hess and Troy Patterson chat about rising hemlines, trend pieces, and men’s short shorts.   


  News & Politics
Nov. 29 2015 9:02 PM Claimed When Castro took power, Americans fled Cuba and left a lot of property behind. Now the claims on these contested holdings—land, buildings, cars and more—are exciting speculators and could stand in the way of reconciliation.