Jia Tolentino Makes Sense Out of This Nonsense Moment
Lessons from the death of a venture-backed, Facebook-dependent, millennial-focused news site.
Shari Redstone sits atop a $30 billion media empire.
On what it’s like to go viral and the moral complications of laughing along.
“Look out at Twitter, at YouTube, at cable news. Behold a whole precarious world of media hopefuls swarming every bitter inch of the culture war, filming angry Americans, filming each other, filming themselves, grimly determined to find or frame a few seconds of a reality to sell.”
The Aziz Ansari controversy was just the beginning of the trouble for the website.
How much does the world need to know about a deadly bear attack? That question was tested in the Yukon last year, after the horrific loss of a mother and daughter caused a destructive media storm.
Eva Holland is a Longform contributing editor.
An Iowa sports radio pioneer turns scammer.
On Dooce.com founder Heather Armstrong.
A profile of Edna Buchanan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter for the Miami Herald during its heyday.
“You are not your job.” The former staff writer finds a newfound joy in his restaurant career.
On the death of David Carr.
How Craig Carton, a morning host on WFAN, ended up running a Ponzi scheme.
How Rupert Murdoch’s empire of influence remade the world.
The paper spiked a #MeToo story. Why?
How the former Fear Factor host’s podcast became an essential platform for “freethinkers” who hate the left.
If Thrasher is Vogue for skaters, 53-year-old Jake Phelps is the sport’s Anna Wintour.
A profile of reality-TV star Jax Taylor.
Inside Facebooks war on hate speech.
‘He likes people walking around in fear,’ says one worker. ‘He gets off on it.’
Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?
A profile of the PR agent who blurs truth for clients like Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly. “If it were a relationship, we’d call it gaslighting, but it’s a profession, so we call it PR.”
Alex French and Maximillian Potter chased the story of a Hollywood pedophile ring only to have Esquire cancel it without explanation. It eventually landed at The Atlantic.
Elon Green is a contributor to Longform.
Children film themselves chewing, whispering and tapping to give their adult audience an ASMR buzz. But at what cost?