How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism

For the past few years, reporting on far-right extremism and misinformation has been a messy free-for-all. Sure, there have been some attempts to delineate best practices, and certain approaches to storytelling, such as those that seem to normalize neo-Naziism, have come under harsh criticism. But few rules have guided the new genre of reporting—and, to date, no one has taken a hard look at how that reporting may be complicit in spreading far-right messaging and helping the movement grow.

Until now. A new report titled “The Oxygen of Amplification” offers an unprecedented look at the fundamental paradox of reporting on the so-called “alt-right”: Doing so without amplifying that ideology is extremely difficult, if not downright impossible. The report comes out of the Data & Society research institute’s read more

‘Meaty,’ ‘Broad Band’ and 10 More Books You Must Read This Summer

This weekend, in case you don’t know and haven’t looked at a calendar in a few days, is Memorial Day weekend, aka the Official Start of Summer. That means it’s time for barbecues, sports, road trips, and reading. Yes, reading. Sunshine and exercise are great and all, but one of the joys of the season is that some of those heretofore indoor activities can be taken to the outside world. Novels in nature! Books at the beach! Don’t know what to read? We have some suggestions, friends. From personal essays to virtual reality trips, here’s everything you should peruse this summer.

No Time to Spare, Ursula K. Le Guin

Do you want to start a blog? Ursula Le Guin did, at 81. (Her inspiration was Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago, who started his at 85.) Le Guin—famed fantasist-poet and anti-capitalist icon—kept at it until her death seven years later, not long after many of the best posts were collected for this book. There’s nothing bittersweet about reading them. The pages read more

How Europe’s GDPR Regulations Became a Meme

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In the long, obtuse history of Things That Became Memes, there are some obvious ones—Nyan Cat, say, or maybe Doge—and some less obvious ones. (Did anyone see “covfefe” coming?) Today’s entry falls squarely in the latter category. In the last few days, as the European Union has been ramping up to roll out the European General Data Protection Regulation—referred to affectionately by the acronym GDPR—folks online have been both reeling and ready. Reeling from the scads of messages they’ve been receiving about changes to how companies that operate in the EU handle their data, and ready with snarky reactions to the rollout.

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The long and short of it is that GDPR, which officially goes into effect today, establishes a new set of laws dictating how companies in the EU collect and use data and handle consumer privacy. It also gives those consumers greater control over their data on the internet. That’s good! read more

10 Great Shows You Can Binge-Watch in a Single Weekend

The only thing better than having a weekend jam-packed with all sorts of exciting plans is having a weekend with no plans at all—especially if it means you can dedicate a blissful 72-plus hours to hopping on the couch, firing up your favorite streaming machine, and testing your own torpidity. Rather than rewatch Breaking Bad for the 37th time this weekend, or start a months-long catch-up on all 456 hours of Law & Order you missed, why not try setting your sights on an actual achievement: watching a television series in its entirety. Whether it’s a cancelled-too-soon gem or a British series that understands that two seasons can be just as satisfying as 20, here are 10 fantastic TV shows you can consume whole in one weekend—no waiting for “next season” required.

Freaks and Geeks

Paul Feig’s coming-of-age-in-the-1980s single-season sitcom has become the model for “brilliant but cancelled” read more

Why Your Next Workplace Harassment Training Might Be in VR

Prepping for a big presentation is stressful, and your boss isn’t making it any better. He’s leering at your coworker Rachel in the middle of a meeting (!), asking if she’s bringing a date to the company dinner (!!). I mean, what do you do? Say something? Take it to HR? Talk to Rachel? Every choice feels kinda wrong—even though you’re just seeing all this in a virtual-reality headset.

The discomfort is the point, says Morgan Mercer, founder of Vantage Point, the company behind the VR demonstration. Traditionally, on-the-job harassment training has been a choice between the lesser of two borings—schlocky video or snoozy slide deck—but Mercer wants to put you in the room.

WHO:
Morgan Mercer, founder of Vantage Point

HOMETOWN:
Charlotte, North Carolina

LAST JOB:
Head of digital marketing at online fashion consignment marketplace LePrix

FAVORITE VR EXPERIENCE:
Take Flight,” by The New York Times Magazine

She’s a survivor of sexual violence herself; she read more

Emilia Clarke Wants a Chewbacca Tattoo—and a Dragon

If anyone is destined to be the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it’s Emilia Clarke. As the woman who plays Daenerys “Mother of Dragons” Targaryen on Game of Thrones, she’s got more of a right to sport dragon ink than anyone. Well, it turns out, she’s got one in the works. That’s not the only one; the star of Solo: A Star Wars Story is also thinking about getting a Chewbacca tat, too.

During her WIRED Google Autocomplete interview with co-star Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Clarke was asked if she has any tattoos. After pointing out a pair of them on her hands, she noted “I’m going to get a dragon.” The ink, she indicated, would go on the inside of her wrist, adding “I’m not going to let you know where I would have a Chewie tattoo.” She did, however, later indicate that it would be at least 5 feet tall. (Clarke herself is 5’2″.)

Presumably, Clarke is kidding about getting at least some of this ink. However, the vision of the Breaker of Chains with a full-body Chewbacca tat would be a sight to behold.

Find out more about Clarke and her fellow Solo stars above. Oh, if you’re wondering, she speaks “really rubbish Italian, really rubbish French, really rubbish German” but she can order a drink in Valyrian.

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Trump Can’t Block Critics on Twitter. What Does This Mean For Free Speech?

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump’s practice of blocking his critics on Twitter violates the First Amendment. The practice is unconstitutional, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in her 75-page decision, because the @realdonaldtrump Twitter account is a public forum operated by the government, meaning viewpoint discrimination is strictly prohibited.

While the case has drawn attention for its ties to the Tweeter-in-chief, legal scholars say it has far-reaching implications, protecting all Americans’ rights to communicate with elected leaders and government entities online.

“This is a really important contribution,” says Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and author of the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.

Judge Buchwald’s decision explains how the case hinges on two crucial questions: Whether a public official can block people on Twitter in response to their political views without violating their First read more

Thanks to Binges and Benders, Postmates Knows the True You

Uber knows where you live and work; Amazon tracks your spending habits; Facebook logs your Likes. But Postmates—the refuge of homebodies, impulse shoppers, and the lazy, hungry masses—understands the real you: your moods, your flings, your celebrations, and your munchies. We tapped a team of data scientists at the anything-goes delivery company to reveal our collective (and highly specific) whims, whether it’s bingeing tequila, scarfing brisket, stockpiling sex toys, or splurging on caviar.

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Postmates orders surge on holidays (Bud Light requests swelled 378 percent last July 4), election nights (“You could see a massive spike the exact minute The New York Times called the election for Trump,” senior analyst Alex Orellana says), and in heat waves and blizzards. Sex store deliveries explode on Valentine’s Day.

Postmates drivers have collectively delivered 10,075,383 burritos.

Devolution of Man

Anyone who’s ever embarked on a self-improvement regimen knows that you tend to start the week with rosy intentions—prepacked lunches, nightly journaling, read more

‘Rogue One’ and 6 More Great Sci-Fi Movies Streaming Now

For genre un-enthusiasts, it’s easy to dismiss science fiction as a land of make-believe—a place where androids can become sentient and no one bats an eye. But for those who are willing to suspended disbelief and don’t mind looking beyond CGI, the best sci-fi titles are filled with more than enough action, drama, comedy, and even romance to keep any movie fan glued to the screen. You just need to know where to look. Below is a selection of the best sci-fi movies you can currently stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Fire up the Roku, indoor kids.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

We hate to state the obvious, but with a seemingly infinite number of new films in the works, the Star Wars franchise is getting dangerously close to oversaturation. Fortunately, this space opera is so legendary it’s still able to attract some of Hollywood’s most talented players to keep telling stories, and Rogue One is a prime example. While it relies on the series’ canon for read more

We Need to Talk About That ‘Deadpool 2’ Credits Scene

The Merc with a Mouth is back, and he’s making even more money this time around. Yes, friends, Deadpool 2 shot into theaters this weekend to the tune of $125 million at the domestic box office. That wasn’t quite enough to beat its predecessor’s $132.4 million opening, but it’s still pretty damn good for an R-rated comic book film—and powerful enough to unseat Avengers: Infinity War from the top spot.

Why is Deadpool 2 kicking so much ass? Because, as WIRED’s own Angela Watercutter pointed out in her review, it manages to improve on the original. Deadpool one-liners that Ryan Reynolds reworked to perfection, a lot of fabulousness from Zazie Beetz as Domino, and cameos from Matt Damon and Brad Pitt—it’s full of wonderful surprises and more laughs than anyone can count. It is, in other words, a good time at the movies.

Yet everyone likes the latest Deadpool movie for different reasons. Some like Josh Brolin’s Cable, some like the perfectly read more