While You Were Offline: Trump Went Into North Korea

To begin with, a programming note: While you’re reading this in its usual time slot, it was compiled before the July Fourth holiday, so—unfortunately—there’s not a collection of tweets about President Trump’s reportedly expensive Independence Day celebration. Apologies for that. Nonetheless, there’s still a lot to catch up on. Last week was one that uncovered a secret Facebook group where immigration officials joke about migrant deaths, even as more and more people die in US custody and conditions at border facilities turn out to be worse than believed. It was also the week where the Trump administration let go of its quest to have a question about citizenship on the 2020 US census, and everyone continued to fall in love with the US women’s soccer team. As to what else people were talking about, there’s also all of this.

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How Sci-Fi Shaped the Players in the Gawker Lawsuit

In 2016, Gawker Media was sued into bankruptcy by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. It later emerged that the lawsuit had been secretly funded by tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who had been upset over Gawker’s coverage of him. Media strategist Ryan Holiday gives a detailed account of the affair in his new book Conspiracy.

“It’s just an unreal story from start to finish, and I’m not sure we’ll experience something like this again,” Holiday says in Episode 368 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Thiel is a big fan of science fiction (he’s named five companies after story elements from The Lord of the Rings), and so is Gawker founder Nick Denton, who helped launch one of the internet’s most popular science fiction websites, io9. That love of science fiction seems to have played a role in shaping both men’s ambitions and boundary-pushing personalities.

“Both of them live in this world where the role of the entrepreneur is to invent the future,” Holiday says. “I [...]  read more

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’: 5 Comics That Help Explain the Ending

Spider-Man: Far From Home landed in theaters this week and brought with it a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s post-Avengers: Endgame present and its future. (Those post-credits scenes were a lot, amirite?) But the movie is just the beginning. To truly know what might be in store, you have to dive into the comic book source material. Here are the five comics you should read after watching Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #198-200

While Mysterio’s scheme in Far From Home is actually kind of wonderful, it’s still not his best—or, arguably, most arcane—plot. That would be the plan he’s working his way through in this 1979 three-parter, in which he tries to break Peter Parker’s sanity in order to discover literal buried treasure that may or many not exist underneath Aunt May’s house. Oh, and Aunt [...]  read more

‘Cuphead’ Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

It’s the Fourth of July holiday weekend, but that doesn’t mean the Replay team doesn’t have any videogame news for you. In fact, we have a couple interesting tidbits. Here’s what you need to know from the short week in just a couple minutes, plus a recommendation for a game to check out over the long weekend.

Mordhau Is Apparently Kind of a Mess

One of the PC gaming’s unexpected successes of late is Mordhau, a medieval-themed brawler that’s become a multiplayer sensation. Only problem is, its community is a big mess. As reported at length by PC Gamer, the developers behind the game seem unwilling or unable to combat rampant toxicity in their game. With a series of quotes we’d prefer not to publish here pulled directly from largely unmoderated user forums, PC Gamer illustrates a community where racism, sexism, and general hostility are not just problems, but problems left out in the open.

Mordhau devs are also in the process of rolling out female playable characters, [...]  read more

In Defense of Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is the internet’s favorite condiment villain. The egg, oil, and vinegar emulsion is a symbol not only for blandness, but for whiteness and all its attendant cultural appropriation and entitlement. It symbolizes the whitewashing of culture. It looks like something extruded from a teenage pimple or a long festering wound. Plus, haters love to point out, it’s terrible for you. It’s all fat! And salt! And because of the eggs, it’s dangerous! If you leave a potato salad made with it out too long at your BBQ, everyone could get salmonella and then you’re literally a murderer. Do you really love mayonnaise enough to murder a Fourth of July party for it?

Yes, I do. And it’s worse than you think: I’ll serve it at the party and I don’t even actually love mayonnaise that much. I like it OK, and I think it’s a flavorful food enhancer. I also believe it plays an essential role in many sandwiches and dishes, and that it’s unfairly maligned and [...]  read more

‘The Walking Dead’ (Comic) Is Over

Happy Fourth of July, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s pop culture news roundup. This time around we have big news about The Walking Dead comics and a lot of updates on the lives of directors, from long-timers like Quentin Tarantino to newcomers like Andy Muschietti. Lights, camera, action.

The Walking Dead (Comic) Is Over

Fans of The Walking Dead, ready your tissues: The comic book series, which serves as the basis for the AMC show, has come to a close. Creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard surprisingly wrapped up the series this week with The Walking Dead #193. The conclusion, which serves as an epilogue for the Rick Grimes story, came with little to no warning, but Kirkman claims its time had come. “The [...]  read more

Lizzo’s ‘Juice’ Is the Most Patriotic Song of 2019

You’ve heard it by now. Its vintage funk-pop backdrop. The three-piece horn section, bright and honey-coated. Its ray-beam synths, aromatic guitar flourishes, and star-lit keys. The glam-pop texture so noticeably evocative of Prince and ’70s-era David Bowie. “Blame it on my juice, blame it, blame it on my juice,” Lizzo sings, never quite letting up on the gas. “Ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee.” Produced by pop emissary Ricky Reed (who’s previously worked with Jason Derulo and Kesha) and co-written by Theron Thomas (among other hits, he contributed to Beyonce’s “All Night”), “Juice” is not just any old anthem—drenched as it is in themes of self-love and optimism—but the anthem. It’s the most patriotic song of 2019.

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Noah Schnapp of ‘Stranger Things’ Has a Crush on Zendaya

This weekend, there will be two things that dominate the pop culture landscape: Spider-Man: Far From Home and Stranger Things. As one hits theaters and the other hits Netflix, they’re bound to dominate conversations all over. They also might have something in common: Both feature stars with crushes on Zendaya.

In Far From Home, that crush happens onscreen, between Tom Holland’s Peter Parker and Zendaya’s MJ. For Stranger Things, though, the crush is off-screen: Star Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) has a crush on the actress IRL. “I like Zendaya,” he says in the latest WIRED Autocomplete Interview, referencing a recent interview she did for Spider-Man. “She was just here, actually, and now I’m standing in her presence.”

The Zendaya connection isn’t the only thing revealed in the video above. In it, Schnapp and his Stranger Things costars Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard also reveal their Charlie Brown connection (Brown has a brother named Charlie, Schnapp played Charlie Brown in The Peanuts Movie) and experience some other strange phenomena. Press Play now.

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The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

Ivanka Trump has become an ironic internet Carmen Sandiego. She’s popped up in The Last Supper, at the Yalta Conference alongside Winston Churchill, in the opening credits of Friends, on the Abbey Road album cover, on Mount Rushmore. Sometimes, like when she’s photobombing Dust Bowl migrants, she’s flashing a big cheesy grin. Other times, like at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s swearing in, she’s more of a pensive onlooker. She is always amusing, always awkward—and always unwanted.

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Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ Comics Reportedly Getting a Netflix Series

Netflix has reportedly inked a deal for a live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic book series.

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Hello and happy first day of July! Welcome to The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of all the biggest news from Hollywood and beyond. What’s happening? A lot, actually. For one, it looks like Netflix is finally getting a Sandman adaptation off of the ground. Also, Paul Rudd is going to be in Ghostbusters 2020 and Lady Gaga might be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Let’s get started.

A Series Based on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Is Coming to Netflix

Today in news that many thought would never come: Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman is being turned into a TV series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix just made a pact with Warner Bros. TV to adapt [...]  read more