Twitter Is BrokenIt stresses conflict over consensus. It rewards trolling instead of reasoned debate. And GamerGate proves it.
Gaming Journalism Is OverThe gaming press declares that gamers are dead. But they are the ones who are becoming obsolete.
Letter to a Young Male GamerSome ground rules to keep in mind in the wake of an ugly, sexist scandal.
The First Gay Space on the InternetIt was called soc.motss, and it anticipated how we use social networks today.
How Failure Breeds Success
Re-AnimatorHow Stewart Butterfield created Flickr and Slack out of the ashes of failed projects.
Yes, Your Internet Is Getting SlowerYour provider likes it that way. And the government doesn’t care.
The Death of ZyngaAnd the birth of all the other companies perfecting Zynga’s pay-to-win games model.
Does Reddit Have a Transparency Problem?Its free-for-all format leaves the door open for moderators to game a hugely influential system.
Why Apple Pay Can Succeed Where Google Wallet FailedWith its careful and steady approach, Apple may achieve a coup in the credit ecosystem.
Blame AppleFive reasons why celebrities and civilians should never trust Apple with nude photos, or any data at all.
The Big Data ParadoxIt’s never complete, and it’s always messy—and if it’s not, you can’t trust it.
The Most Sexist Video Game of All Time?It’s called Catherine, and it reveals a lot about misogynist gaming culture.
The Oldest Rivalry in ComputingForget Apple vs. Google. Emacs and Vi have been battling for text-editor supremacy among programmers for 40 years.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Monster Kids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine. Do I have to give them candy?
One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.