Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials

YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials

By August they had moved in, ready to strike out in the new home they’d christened “Forever Lost,” according to Guy, or “Miss Carry Van,” according to Ann. Wells showed the way, and his promises were manifold—by shacking up in a vehicle and committing to a frugal, minimal, and itinerant life, you could drop out of the rat race, make meaningful experiences, and join a tribe of like-minded individuals who’d thrown off the shackles of hollow, middle-class consumerism.

That Viral Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is a Meta-Meme

That Viral Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is a Meta-Meme

Dozens of copycat clips were uploaded to YouTube, all featuring people doing The Breakfast Club dance to “Lisztomania,” including Ocasio-Cortez at Boston University.

2018 Tech in Memoriam: Goodbye to the iPhone SE, Google+, and More

2018 Tech in Memoriam: Goodbye to the iPhone SE, Google+, and More

Off Tumblr, porn bloggers have tried to seek refuge for their content on other, smaller blog sites.Google+, Inbox, URL Shortener, AlloThis year, Google announced that it will be pulling the plug on a number of its services.

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

Its problems reflect and contribute to our culture like a big, scandalous, Tide Pod-and-condom-slurping ouroboros.So it’s fitting that YouTube’s most persistent bugaboos this year have been America’s: out-of-control celebrities and our cultural addiction to them, racism and conspiracy theories, and policies that disproportionately impact vulnerable groups like the LGBTQ community.But as much as 2018 was a year beset by scandal and frenzied backpedaling, it was also a year in which YouTube started trying in earnest to reckon with its own problems.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

At the time, the company was asked: “Does Facebook believe that any of the content created by the Russian Internet Research Agency was designed to discourage anyone from voting?” Facebook responded: “We believe this is an assessment that can be made only by investigators with access to classified intelligence and information from all relevant companies and industries.”A Facebook spokesperson added on Monday morning: “We continue to fully cooperate with officials investigating the IRA’s activity on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 election.

Amazon’s Holiday Toy Catalog Is Advertising Parents Actually Want

Amazon’s Holiday Toy Catalog Is Advertising Parents Actually Want

And this time of year, when millions of Americans are going to buy toys, it’s easier for children to thumb through a physical catalog that feels like a big book of wonders than a notoriously hard-to-navigate website.Kids, especially, don’t have a great way to discover toys on the actual Amazon website.

YouTuber David Dobrik's Biggest Crush Is Still Ariana Grande

YouTuber David Dobrik's Biggest Crush Is Still Ariana Grande

(Her video for "thank u, next" has gotten more than 118 million views in less than a week.) For years, he's been tweeting at the pop star and in a recent WIRED Autocomplete Interview revealed she's still his celebrity crush.

Why a Hacker Exploited Printers to Make PewDiePie Propaganda

Why a Hacker Exploited Printers to Make PewDiePie Propaganda

A self-described “huge” PewDiePie fan and university student says they exploited tens of thousands of internet-connected printers earlier this week to spit out a message telling people, in part, “PewDiePie is in trouble and he needs your help to defeat T-Series!” The incident was first reported by The Verge.

How to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and Online

How to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and Online

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in your own home, under your own blankets, with all the glory, and none of the freezing wind.

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like CultsMaddie McGarvey/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesIn recent months there’s been an increase in stories in which a follower of radical conspiracies shifts their actions from the web and into the world.In June, a QAnon conspiracy follower kicked off a one-man standoff at the Hoover Dam. Another QAnon supporter was arrested the next month occupying a Cemex cement factory, claiming that he had knowledge that Cemex was secretly assisting in child trafficking—a theory discussed in Facebook groups, in an attempt to push it into Twitter trending topics.Renee DiResta (@noUpside) is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, the director of research at New Knowledge, and a Mozilla fellow on media, misinformation, and trust.

Welcome to the Age of the Hour-Long YouTube Video

Welcome to the Age of the Hour-Long YouTube Video

It is now entirely standard to have pre-, post-, and multiple mid-roll ads in long-form videos, which puts more dollars in YouTube’s (and its creators’) pockets and is only as annoying as commercial breaks on television.But that strategy shake-up requires YouTubers—already at the mercy of the internet’s ever-changing yens—to upend their format, their aesthetic, and the norms of their industry.

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Change the Web Worldwide

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Change the Web Worldwide

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Change the Web WorldwideEuropean publishers applauded the Parliament's approval of a new copyright law.FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe European Parliament passed sweeping copyright legislation Wednesday that, much like its privacy regulations, could have impact far beyond Europe.Critics argue the most controversial part of the proposal will effectively force all but the smallest website operators to adopt "upload filters" similar to those used by YouTube, and apply them to all types of content, to stop users from uploading copyrighted works.

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free ReachJabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty ImagesThe algorithms that govern how we find information online are once again in the news—but you have to squint to find them.“Trump Accuses Google of Burying Conservative News in Search Results,” reads an August 28 New York Times headline.