Although GB News’s target demographic has prompted unkind nicknames such as “Boomer TV,” the channel has a number of presenters in the mold of Candace Owens or Ben Shapiro—the kind of intense young conservatives who might corner you at a party and talk to you about Ayn Rand. (The Atlantic)
No media loop has been this closed since the members of the intellectual dark web all went on one another’s podcasts to argue that we should be exposed to divergent opinions. (The Atlantic)
Facebook’s “Supreme Court” might have upheld Donald Trump’s suspension, but that doesn’t make it a real court. (The Atlantic)
When Scotland has a proudly feminist First Minister, why were lifelong feminists leaving the SNP for a party led by a man with a reputation as a macho dinosaur, or even a sleazeball?" (The Atlantic)
Talking to KERA about my Atlantic piece on identity hoaxers.
Series 61, Episode 1, of Have I Got News For You. (We lost.)
"The 20th century was a hell of a ride, and one in which men’s expectations for their lives changed as dramatically as women’s. No one encapsulated that quite as strangely, or as remarkably, as a man who lived for nearly a century himself." (The Atlantic)
"We can all understand the hoaxers who pretend to be someone else with malign intent: the con artists, the charlatans, the cads. The inexplicable, and haunting, cases are those people who seem to believe their own stories." (The Atlantic)
"The past year has forced many women to confront the inequality in their own life—and every kid sitting on a lap in a Zoom meeting, or bursting in to show off a unicorn, has forced that knowledge on the rest of us." (The Atlantic)
The problem for Meghan and Harry is that their beef with the House of Windsor is currently the most interesting thing about them.