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.