That ISIS "Caliphate Map" Is Bogus, So Stop Freaking Out

Judging from the comments on Twitter, a lot of people are panicking over the map that's appeared on ABC News, purporting to show ISIS' "five-year expansion plan" for conquering vast territory. Let's stop this meme right now, shall we? ISIS didn't even make the map—and a neofascist group is circulating it. » 7/01/14 12:00pm 7/01/14 12:00pm

Fox News Coverage of Climate Change Is Now Only 72% Inaccurate

CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are the most widely watched cable news networks in the U.S. To determine how accurately these networks inform viewers about climate change, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analyzed their coverage in 2013 and found that each network treated climate science very differently. » 4/09/14 9:20am 4/09/14 9:20am

An Occult History of the Television Set

The origin of the television set was heavily shrouded in both spiritualism and the occult, writes author Stefan Andriopoulos in his new book Ghostly Apparitions. In fact, as its very name implies, the television was first conceived as a technical device for seeing at a distance: like the telephone (speaking at a… » 2/13/14 4:07pm 2/13/14 4:07pm

Viral Journalism and the Valley of Ambiguity

Once you've worked as a writer and editor in the world of social media for a decade, the way I have, you start to notice patterns. For example, there are some stories that will never go viral, even if they are brilliant in every measurable way. That's because they lie in the "valley of ambiguity," which is sort of… » 11/13/13 2:43pm 11/13/13 2:43pm

Magazines have finally killed blogs -- but in a way you never expected

When Google recently announced it was killing the RSS reader known simply as Reader, a small corner of the internet went apeshit. The rest of the internet asked, "What the hell is RSS?" The answer to that question reveals a lot about why blogs are doomed to be upstaged by the magazines they tried to replace. Still,… » 3/28/13 4:40pm 3/28/13 4:40pm

10 Climate Change Pictures We Really Don't Need to See Again

Sad Earth is sad. But what is Earth sad about, exactly? Climate change, of course. At the same time, what does this picture really communicate? It doesn't tell us anything; it does nothing to convey the subtlety of climate science or the nature of its global impact. It just sort of is. It's boring, meaningless and… » 6/18/12 10:00am 6/18/12 10:00am