The Internet

  1. How was your Halloween?

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  2. You know what's great? Television. This is just a fact.

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  3. We can, I think, largely agree that the majority of the criticism leveled at millennials is the same criticism that has been leveled at young people everywhere, and also that it's mostly overly generalized nonsense that usually only applies to a very small group of people. But I am willing to concede to them a single point: there are too many pre-movie warnings about texting in movie theaters.

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  4. That picture of AHP and her puppy is life-giving.

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  5. How lucky we are to be alive right now.

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  6. One of the best parts of YouTube (and one that is closely related to "Hour-and-a-half-long documentaries about Atlantis" YouTube) is Alternate History YouTube, and the best part of that is, of course, "What If Carthage Had Won The Punic War" YouTube. The incredibly low stakes, the deeply specific knowledge of battle tactics and contemporary weaponry, and the macho angst unite to create a perfect environment for madness to flourish.

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  7. Gretchen McCulloch's previous works of linguistic genius for The Toast can be found here. The Wired style guide changed my life. One particular sentence, in fact. We know from experience that new terms often start as two words, then become hyphenated, and eventually end up as one word. Go there now. Oh. I thought. Oh.

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    Wired Style

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  8. I set out to write about podcasts and representation in terms of media criticism; to ask podcasters, Who do you record with? Who gets to hold the mic? Are you sharing the (Internet) airwaves with people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and other marginalized groups? I wanted to hear more about content and diversity. But when I talked to five podcasters, each smart and successful in her own way, I also learned a lot more about…

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  9. Let’s play a game called: what did Jaya buy to get Amazon to suggest this to her? (There are no right answers.)

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  10. This piece on campus suicide and perfection is a really great, really tough read, and also, do better, Kathryn's parents:

    Expectations were high. Every day at 5 p.m. test scores and updated grades were posted online. Her mother would be the first to comment should her grade go down. “I would get home from track and she would say, ‘I see your grade dropped.’ I would say, ‘Mom, I

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  11. If Facebook RSVP options let you really say what you meant.

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  12. By July 14, 2258, now known as C-Day, every girl over the age of 10 knew how to code. Our problems were solved.

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  13. In her new book, The Internet of Garbage, Sarah Jeong states that "the Internet is, and always has been, mostly garbage." She talked with The Toast about topics discussed in her book, including online harassment, doxing, spam, free speech, and the challenges of moderating content platforms and social media networks. You can buy Sarah's book on iTunes or Amazon. The Toast: If the Internet has always been mostly garbage, why did you write this book now?…

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