When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

I like a get-rich-quick scheme—what American doesn’t?—and not too long ago I alighted on drop-shipping.

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not by Hackers

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not by Hackers

"Trump advances so many lies already, so much disinformation, so many claims, that it's very difficult to shift things such that Biden would have to respond to it," Watts says.

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

When Diddy hosted a charity event on Instagram Live for health care workers in April, he had to rotate celebrities like Cardi B, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Michelle Obama in and out of the second spot.“The number one most requested feature was, ‘Can I go live with multiple people?’” says Kristin George, Instagram’s director of product for creators.

The Best PS5 Exclusives Out Now (and the Ones Coming Soon)

The Best PS5 Exclusives Out Now (and the Ones Coming Soon)

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Last-gen, the PlayStation 4 killed the Xbox One in this regard, and now, at launch at least, it looks like it will continue this domination, with a reasonably impressive launch line up (though the Xbox hasn’t put up much of a fight.)

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

(“What’s the point of doing anything if no one’s watching?” Suzanne wonders—a point Kurt echoes repeatedly on his spree.)Like Suzanne, Kurt sees violence as a means to an end, and cannot fathom the purpose of life without an audience.

The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks

The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks

Brown uses mental priming and forcing techniques (among other tools) involving verbal and visual cues in his performances—prompting someone, for instance, to think of the three of diamonds card.

A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

The only problem: No bank would give him a serious credit card.“Imagine that you’re making $2 or $3 million a year and they’re capping you at $20,000 a month,” says Donnelly, which was the best he could get from a traditional bank.

How TikTok's 'For You' Algorithm Works

How TikTok's 'For You' Algorithm Works

These people may or may not follow the creator already, but TikTok has determined they may be more likely to engage with the video, based on their past behavior.

Facebook and the Folly of Self-Regulation

Facebook and the Folly of Self-Regulation

What problems does the new Facebook review board propose to solve?.It has no influence on the sorts of harassment that regularly occur on Facebook or (Facebook-owned) WhatsApp. It won’t dictate policy for Facebook Groups, where much of the most dangerous content thrives.

The Influencer Economy Hurtles Toward Its First Recession

The Influencer Economy Hurtles Toward Its First Recession

Like many influencers, she tags her clothes and beauty products on LikeToKnowIt, a platform that connects her followers to the online retailers where they can shop her lifestyle.Affiliate commissions give influencers like Elyce a way to suggest products more organically than, say, writing #sponsored captions for something they wouldn’t actually use.

The Decade's 10 Most Influential Videogames

The Decade's 10 Most Influential Videogames

I can't tell you how many games I've played in the last decade that are clearly riffing on Thirty Flights of Loving.A whole generation of independent games has used this trick, with fantastic results, but Thirty Flights of Loving is still thrilling.

Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week

Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week

This year also marks the end of federal tax credits for Tesla buyers ; the company has sold enough cars that it’s aged out of the program.

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

Influencers like Luka Sabbat, a model-turned-actor with two million followers on Instagram, can charge upwards of $40,000 to promote products in story and feed posts.

Russia's Disinformation War Is Just Getting Started

Russia's Disinformation War Is Just Getting Started

In addition to affirming much of what had been reported about Russian online interference over the past three years, the report—a second volume from the Senate committee—offers new insights into the extent of past foreign influence operations and recommendations on how best to prepare for those yet to come.

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

John Sullins, who studies the philosophy of robotics and artificial intelligence at Sonoma State University, thinks that virtual influencers like Lil Miquela are the “sexbot” most people are likely to interact with in the near future.

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

Last year, he decided to develop his own platform, JustFor. Fans, which includes features like a store where creators can hawk merchandise, personalized phone numbers to text with followers, and the ability to sell videos (which OnlyFans now offers too).

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

The highly ambiguous law is tailored to address conversations that inspire purchases or sway votes, but it fails to carefully define what constitutes “influenc[ing] a vote in an election.” Is sharing legitimate news stories or voting locations a form of “influence?” After all, not all online automated accounts are malign; some are simply news or information dissemination services, while others are created by artists.

Why Women Are Called 'Influencers' and Men 'Creators'

Why Women Are Called 'Influencers' and Men 'Creators'

While at a streaming and gaming conference, Crystal Abidin, a digital anthropologist studying internet celebrity, and a few other women presenters referred to people who think of themselves as "gamers" as "influencers" or "internet celebrities.

Military vs. Wind Farms, Facebook vs. Fake Accounts, and More News

Military vs. Wind Farms, Facebook vs. Fake Accounts, and More News

The military is decidedly not here for wind farms, Facebook busted up more fake news accounts, and we have some advice for your next poo. The military is locked in a struggle with wind farms. Facebook banned more fake accounts.

Colleges Need Influencers, but Do Influencers Need College?

Colleges Need Influencers, but Do Influencers Need College?

And for some influencers, like Giannulli, college can be a windfall, landing them brand deals to market dorm furnishings, Victoria’s Secret underwear, and to their fellow students.

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

More specifically as "an immersive experience" offering "the best in food, art, music, and adventure" on an island "once owned by Pablo Escobar" that is somehow "on the boundaries of the impossible." As one social media strategist in Fyre Fraud put it, "what Fyre Festival did prove is that the power of influence is real." If that all sounds like gobbledygook marketing, it's because it is.

Pharma Spending on Doctors Is Correlated With Opioid Deaths

Pharma Spending on Doctors Is Correlated With Opioid Deaths

In a study published today in the journal JAMA Network Open, researchers at the Boston Medical Center found a strong association between direct-to-physician marketing dollars spent by drug companies, the number of opioid prescriptions issued by doctors, and the number of deaths in each US county from prescription opioids.

2018 Was a Rough Year for Truth Online

2018 Was a Rough Year for Truth Online

More often than not, the information provided by companies like Twitter and Facebook in their high-profile data dumps is nothing new to any platform researcher worth their salt.

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

As Facebook and Twitter cracked down on foreign influence campaigns amid media scrutiny, the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) found unprecedented success in shifting its disinformation efforts to the photo-sharing app, according to a new report commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia InvestigationsORGE SILVA/AFP/Getty ImagesWhile popular memory today remembers Watergate as five DNC burglars leading inexorably to Richard Nixon’s resignation two years later, history recalls that the case and special prosecutor’s investigation at the time was much broader; ultimately 69 people were charged as part of the investigation, 48 of whom pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial.After three weeks of back-to-back-to-back-to-back bombshells by federal prosecutors and special counsel Robert Mueller, it’s increasingly clear that as 2018 winds down, Donald Trump faces a legal assault unlike anything previously seen by any president—a total of at least 17 distinct court cases stemming from at least seven different sets of prosecutors and investigators.

Byeeeee, Logan Paul: Brands Prefer 'Micro Influencers' Now

Byeeeee, Logan Paul: Brands Prefer 'Micro Influencers' Now

Micro influencers have a small enough reach to seem (sorry) “authentic.” “It’s like buying something from your local hardware store,” says James DeJulio, president and cofounder of Tongal, which connects brands and creators.

Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed

Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed

None of the codes and links posted below Gutierrez’s Lashify video include a disclosure beyond the phrase “AFFILIATE SHIZ!” Nubounsom did not respond to a request for comment.$50,000 for a YouTube VideoPayments for influencers are rising so fast that some advertisers feel priced out of the market.

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series Unless otherwise stated, all statements and materials, including any statements regarding specific legislation, reflect the views of the individual contributors and not those of the Packard Foundation, theguardian.org, or the Guardian.