TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

“TikTok, it turned out, was reminiscent of Vine in more ways than one. The common denominator of many of its viral moments is an unspoken partiality to Black cultural expression. It works like an accelerant.”

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 4, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,458 words)

Inside Citizen, the App That Asks You to Report on the Crime Next Door

The Citizen app gives everyone with a smartphone the ability to report on crimes and crises as they happen. How do you do that without opening the door to privacy invasions and profiling? That’s a lot less clear.

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 20, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,743 words)

Screen Share: A College Teacher’s Zoom Journal

For 15 years, Anne Fadiman taught her students in intimate classrooms. Covid-19  has meant reinventing the way she teaches.

Source: Wired
Published: Jun 17, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,087 words)

We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn’t We?

“A virologist helped crack an impossible problem: how to insure against the economic fallout from devastating viral outbreaks. The plan was ingenious. Yet we’re still in this mess.”

Source: Wired
Published: Jun 16, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,325 words)

The Rise of a Hindu Vigilante in the Age of WhatsApp and Modi

“They pushed him against a closet and told him to strip so they could see whether he was circumcised, a sure sign that he wasn’t Hindu. After that, the group handed the man over to police.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 14, 2020
Length: 4 minutes (1,107 words)

The First Shot

“Inside the Covid vaccine fast track.”

Source: Wired
Published: May 13, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,159 words)

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

“At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.”

Source: Wired
Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 55 minutes (13,941 words)

Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup

“The dawn of a pandemic — as seen through the news and social media posts that vanished from China’s internet.”

Author: Shawn Yuan
Source: Wired
Published: May 1, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,696 words)

Productivity is Not Working

” Despite being various flavors of neurotic workaholic, my roommates and I have discovered that right now, while our personal productivity matters, what matters more immediately is that we all manage to live in the same house without killing each other.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 17, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,792 words)

To Run My Best Marathon at Age 44, I Had to Outrun My Past

“After 20 years of long-distance competition, I ran my fastest. All it took was tech, training, and a new understanding of my life.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 20, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,971 words)