How a YouTube Sensation Became a Movie—12 Years Later
by Marah Eakin on June 24, 2022 at 4:09 pm
In Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, the eponymous character learns what internet fame can do.
Up Against It Explores Life in the Asteroid Belt
by Geek's Guide to the Galaxy on June 24, 2022 at 4:00 pm
For her new novel Laura J. Mixon wanted to tell a story that took a more realistic approach to space adventure.
The Uncomfortable Comforts of Stranger Things
by Angela Watercutter on June 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm
As the show’s latest season sweeps Netflix, jokes about scandals like Watergate seem almost quaint.
Charity TikTok Videos Put an Uncomfortable Spin on Morality
by Amelia Tait on June 23, 2022 at 3:53 pm
#HonestyTest videos, which reward people for being “good,” show a skewed view of who deserves kindness.
The Loneliness of the Junior College Esports Coach
by Brendan I. Koerner on June 23, 2022 at 10:00 am
He tried to save his wife through the video game they loved—and nearly lost himself. Then he signed up to lead a fledgling team of gamers in Cheyenne, […]
Radioactive Beasts Are Invading Our Cities
by Ron Broglio on June 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Even though they may seem more modest than our fictions imagined, creatures like the boar and the rabbit have become the real Godzillas.
Finally, a Novel That Gets the Internet Right
by Kate Knibbs on June 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Jordan Castro’s The Novelist nails the experience of being online, in all its abject glory.
Why Twitter Can Be a Perfect Portfolio for Artists
by Angelica Frey on June 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Sure, it's known as a text-based platform. But it has some unique features and tools that can help visual artists share their work.
Brian and Charles Imagines an Optimistic Future for AI
by Marah Eakin on June 20, 2022 at 11:00 am
Cowriter Chris Hayward finds most real-life robots terrifying. But if the future looks like the film's sentient droid, he says, "we'll be fine."
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Isn't the Game You're Expecting
by Megan Farokhmanesh on June 17, 2022 at 6:15 pm
Square Enix is still tinkering with its beloved series.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Makes Lunar Rebellion Fun
by Geek's Guide to the Galaxy on June 17, 2022 at 5:05 pm
Robert Heinlein's classic 1966 novel explores the idea of a lunar colony declaring independence from Earth.
Lightyear and the Fight Over Queer Visibility
by Angela Watercutter on June 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Pixar’s new movie is drawing attention for featuring a same-gender couple. The backlash is the latest in a long run of anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment.
The Star Wars Universe’s Exhausting, Underwhelming Expansion
by Peter Rubin on June 17, 2022 at 11:00 am
The franchise now exists in an ever-sprawling TV universe full of diminishing returns. Thanks, Disney+.
Thirsty Suitors Won’t Fit In. That’s the Point
by Megan Farokhmanesh on June 16, 2022 at 5:15 pm
In Outerloop's new game, the South Asian hero battles exes and cooks with her parents. It's a big step toward creating more games for non-white audiences.
The Franchise Frenzy Leaves Nothing to the Imagination
by Angela Watercutter on June 16, 2022 at 11:00 am
From The Rings of Power to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+, streaming services are adapting everything in sight. No one’s head canon is safe.
Can Democracy Include a World Beyond Humans?
by James Bridle on June 16, 2022 at 10:00 am
A truly planetary politics would extend decisionmaking to animals, ecosystems, and potentially AI.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Helps Me Manage My Productivity Obsession
by Swapna Krishna on June 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Look, I can’t help how my brain is wired, but I can trick it into relaxing.
Nobody Knows How to Watch Movies Anymore
by Jason Kehe on June 15, 2022 at 11:00 am
People get distracted, hit pause, never finish. It seems hopeless—but it’s not as dire as it sounds.
Reality TV Has Become a Parody of Itself
by Kate Knibbs on June 14, 2022 at 11:00 am
If you can think of it, there’s probably a reality show about it. The surplus has taken the genre into the surreal.
The Activision Blizzard Union Win Is Only a Beginning
by Megan Farokhmanesh on June 13, 2022 at 8:58 pm
The company’s future owner, Microsoft, has entered into a labor neutrality agreement, making it easier for workers to unionize.