Overanalyzing 'Basic' Is the Most Basic Move of All

Let us begin, as we so often do, by acknowledging that the term "basic bitch" has been expertly Columbused by white people. In 1984, the R&B group Klymaxx had a hit Billboard single with "Meeting In The Ladies Room," where one of the ladies sings about a basic woman who is trying to get up on her man. But rapper… » 10/22/14 11:30am Wednesday 11:30am

God Bless Blake Lively And Her Dumb Lifestyle Blog

The internet can be a mean, slap-fighty place of quibbles and pedants and outrage and backlash. But every so often, something happens that is so roundly mocked by the blogosphere that it unites all voices in a chorus of rueful snickers for one blissful moment of bitchy harmony. The launch of Blake Lively's silly blog… » 7/23/14 11:00am 7/23/14 11:00am

Ladies on Twitter Love Calling Other Ladies Bitches and Sluts

If an alien species tried to assess human social interaction based solely on what we say to and about each other on Twitter, they'd think we were a pretty foul-mouthed, hostile bunch. And they'd likely be inclined to believe that women on Twitter, with their fondness for "bitch" and "slut" when talking to other women,… » 2/24/14 11:30am 2/24/14 11:30am

For the Love of Doge, Please Do Not Get a Shiba Inu

It's hard to open up a laptop these days without running into the wildly popular and perplexingly hilarious Doge meme. Such style, many fashun, says text in multicolored comic sans over the image of a dignified, adorable looking fox-dog with an intelligent face. But is the Shiba Doge's ubiquity translating to… » 1/17/14 3:45pm 1/17/14 3:45pm

What's Technology Doing to "Femininity"?

It's pretty common to hear particular technologies presented as being either for dudes (i.e., srs bsns gadgets) or for girls (think messaging apps and anything related to shopping). It's also common to see technologies adopted by female consumers as either fluffy or some quasi-miraculous sign of alien life—see every… » 12/02/13 6:00pm 12/02/13 6:00pm

Internet Creep Puts a Bounty on British MP's Underage Naked Photos

British MP Gloria DePiero has written a post on her website asking news agencies and online opportunists to stop searching for topless photos of her taken when she was just 15. In an interview, DePiero admitted—quite bravely, in my opinion—that she'd been talked into posing nude as a teenager, so she understands how… » 10/29/13 9:40am 10/29/13 9:40am

Things We'd Miss If the Internet Didn't Exist

Anthony Weiner is not gone. He may have lost his bid for New York Mayor but as a new profile in GQ reveals, he's still chuggin' along, full of thoughts and opinions and what-ifs. Case in point: "...maybe if the Internet didn't exist? Like, if I was running in 1955? I'd probably get elected mayor," Weiner told the… » 10/17/13 3:00pm 10/17/13 3:00pm

Your Facebook 'Likes' Make Other People 'Like' Things Too

You know when you're herding cows to the slaughter and one cow starts going in one direction and so all the other cows follow? No, that's not an experience you're familiar with? Well the internet is sort of like that, says a new study released on how "liking" a comment will prompt other people to "like" it too. » 8/09/13 10:50am 8/09/13 10:50am

The Internet: A Source of Bullying and Coping for LGBT Youth

The Internet is everyone's frenemy. But for LGBT kids, the Internet can be a source of constant harassment and threats, a phenomenon all-too familiar in American media after countless suicides as a direct result of cyberbullying. A new study by the the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network corroborates that claim… » 7/12/13 5:00pm 7/12/13 5:00pm

How to Leave a Cool Digital Trail in Case Your Partner Gets Famous

If there is one personal lesson we've all learned from the recent NSA scandal, it's that nothing on the Internet is truly private. Who Learned It The Hardest? That would pretty obviously be Edward Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. On top of having the NSA paw through her Gchats, Facebook, Skype conversations, etc.,… » 6/13/13 11:45am 6/13/13 11:45am

Mothers, Don't Let Your Girls Grow Up to Love Morally Upright Spies

Last week, several media outlets obtained leaked information that revealed that the United States government, in collaboration with several major corporations, has been secretly collecting a metric fuckton of data on its citizens without their knowledge or consent, all as part of a Bond villainesquely named program… » 6/10/13 11:40am 6/10/13 11:40am

How Much Does the NSA Know About Your Pathetic Personal Behavior?

Alright, so, the jig is up. We've been caught with our pants down by the government, yet again. The National Security Agency has direct access to all sorts of our Internet communication, data, and metadata with their newly uncovered PRISM program. This means that time you Skype-cried to your mom about having bad gas… » 6/07/13 1:40pm 6/07/13 1:40pm

Facebook Watchdog Group 'Rapebook' Throws In The Towel

Social networks' chicken-egg impact on rape culture has been discussed in detail since before the landmark case in Steubenville (and, more recently, a quite similar case in Torrington, Connecticut). As of this morning, a Belfast teen's Facebook post about raping a woman has garnered 1,226 likes. (It was since reported… » 4/06/13 3:30pm 4/06/13 3:30pm