Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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Jun 27 2019

This is bad, but also fascinating. I believe the dangers of facial recognition can currently only be combated with legislation, but I doubt people will just stop using biometric recognition software. Read more

Apr 22 2019

What a truly bizarre situation. Thank you for doing your research and not getting suckered — as delightful a headline as it would’ve made.

Apr 5 2019

I saw this referenced in (I think) the Root the other day and was so hype to preorder it. Good luck, Anna, I hope you sell a trillion copies! 

Apr 5 2019

Anna, I have been a HUGE fan of your long form reporting for years now and I just want to tell you how pumped I am about this book. Congrats! Can’t wait to read it. 

Apr 3 2019

Learned another term recently, that also fits- social atomization. The science-y name for TWFM basically, it’s a legit thing.

Apr 3 2019

YES! This is the short and sweet version of what I was about to say. It seems more and more the general attitude of people is that rules simply don’t apply to them. If there is a line or a wait for something, they’ll find a way to cut; if there is a barrier that says “do not cross” they are going to cross it. Read more

Jan 29 2019

We received an email from a parent who says their child attends the early childhood center where Ms. Goodson was a teacher. The school community has created a GoFundMe to set up an education fund for Rhylee, Ms. Goodson’s daughter: Read more

Dec 27 2018

I shoot mainly with a Canon 5D iv and a 24-70mm f2.8, until nightfall, when I switch to my 35mm f1.4. For the Wasteland Weekend story I also brought out my 70-200mm for the car parade. Editing is always Lightroom only.

Dec 18 2018

perhaps, too, we can encourage all of our parents and older relatives to approach YouTube with caution and to—for the love of all that is good—not use it as an engine to research the Talmud. Read more

Oct 12 2018

It will forever amaze me what people can do with a cut off wheel, a welder, and an imagination that has no limits.

Aug 14 2018

Deeply, profoundly troubling situation for anyone who cares about the rights and health of women and the future of American Buddhism. Very grateful that Jezebel had the courage to investigate and publish this piece, and I hope it emboldens the survivors—of which there are way too many— to tell their stories, which Read more