The digital future of work is leaving the poor behind

June 26th, 2016

Telecommuting is putting an end to long commutes—for everyone but those who need it most.

Reimagining the future of payphones in New York

June 26th, 2016

LinkNYC is a game-changer for New Yorkers who struggle to pay for Internet access.

To whom do memes belong?

June 5th, 2016

I killed Dat Boi, and I’m not sorry.

Confessions of a catfish

May 29th, 2016

I was alone and unloved. So I became someone else.

Why do we keep falling for Internet hoaxes?

May 29th, 2016

Read the fine print, people.

Should it be against the law to share tragic images on social media?

May 8th, 2016

Violent images online can spread quickly and have harmful consequences. Should we be using the law to fight that?

This is why I take so many selfies

April 24th, 2016

Each photo is a step on the path to recovery.

Why we’re living in an era of neuroscience hype

April 10th, 2016

From “brain training” apps to concussion-preventing chocolate milk, we’re surrounded by dubious, pseudoscientific claims. What’s behind all this neurobunk?

Why the WWE Network’s streaming revolution falls short

April 3rd, 2016

Vince McMahon’s streaming juggernaut has seduced plenty of subscribers, but is it delivering the goods?

My so-called life as a wrestling fanatic

April 3rd, 2016

Wrestling has always appealed to outsiders, and thanks to the Internet, we have a way to find each other and stay connected.

How I came to embrace my past as a sex worker

March 27th, 2016

Six years ago, I was outed as a former sex worker and lost my job as a public school teacher. Since then I’ve struggled to reconcile myself to my past, finally accepting that there are no “fresh starts.”

The Internet of Things is a surveillance nightmare

March 20th, 2016

By connecting everything to the Internet, we’re creating a frighteningly hackable, spy-friendly world.

What Obama doesn’t get about encryption

March 20th, 2016

No compromise is possible on this issue.

Why the iPod’s legacy matters

March 20th, 2016

The death of the iPod was the end of privacy.

The real problem with Tidal

March 13th, 2016

Kanye West couldn’t save Tidal—and no one else can either.

Why Kesha’s Sony lawsuit could be a turning point for the music industry

March 13th, 2016

The music industry (not just Taylor Swift) should support Kesha at this critical juncture.

The rise of the creative class is the end of retirement

March 6th, 2016

A “creative” job is no consolation if you’re essentially facing the end of retirement.

What I learned from my failed Patreon campaign

February 28th, 2016

As a moderately successful writer, it can be easy to believe readers will pay you to do your work. The truth was much more humbling.

When robots write poetry

February 28th, 2016

As a professional writer, I’d like to think what I do is innately human. But what happens when artificial intelligence begins to compose poems?

Spend your Sundays with the Kernel