digital culture

Why Adam Levine’s Cringe DMs Are Perfect for the Meme Machine

A royal epoch ending in the UK. A war roiling across Europe. A constant drumbeat…

The Joy of Playing the Same ‘Sims’ Family for Years

One day in 2014, 32-year-old musician AJ Luca texted her friend with some sad and…

Is This ‘Nier: Automata’ Church a Hoax or a 5-Year-Old Secret?

For the last month, Redditors in the Nier: Automata community were trying to solve a…

The Hype Machine That Turned Minions Into a $4B Juggernaut

It has been eight days since Minions: The Rise of Gru premiered, and American movie…

Instagram Keeps Showing Me Children’s Tragedies

In the bleary, no-sleep nights following the birth of my son, I spent an unholy…

Finally, a Novel That Gets the Internet Right

Sometimes you just want to read a book with a plot. You know, the kind…

Has the US Learned Nothing From the UK’s Gambling Woes?

Greg Weber began gambling at 13, playing poker with his friends for small stakes after…

The January 6 Hearings Are Fighting for Your Attention

The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of…

The Breaking Point Is Here—Again

What I want to pinpoint is a sensation—physical, cognitive, temporal—that is occurring at this fixed…

The Most Powerful Story ‘The Onion’ Ever Wrote

The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of…