Blame Taylor Swift's New Song on the Internet

From the very beginning, Taylor Swift's songs were all about us. Her self-titled debut album, released in 2006, was bolstered by a pair of warm-blooded singles—the sprightly "Our Song" and the love-worn "Tim McGraw"—that instantly established Swift as both confessor and confidante; she let listeners in on all of her secrets, while also giving them…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

Game of Thrones Recap: The Kids Are All Right

In the very first episode of Game of Thrones in 2011, the very first scene at Winterfell was about the children: Septa Mordane praising Sansa for her elegant embroidery; Bran trying and failing to land an arrow in a target while his brothers laughed; Arya showing him up from twice the distance, hitting the bullseye…

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Inside Lego’s New Tricked-Out Denmark Playscape

In the quaint town of Billund, Denmark, 30 teens have the ultimate after-school job: disassembling the thousands of creations that will be built each day by visitors to the Lego House, opening September 28. (Hear that? It’s the clattering of 25 million Legos under one roof.) Designed by hotshot Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the 40,000-square-foot…

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In Its Second Season, American Vandal Gets Even Smarter

“You think poop is funny?” asks one of the countless truth-seekers in the second season of Netflix’s American Vandal. It’s a question you’ll likely want to ask yourself before diving into the new installment of this crime-doc spoof, which is utterly, disgustingly, full o’ feces: Splattered on walls, plopped onto floors, even hanging in the…

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The WIRED Guide to Emoji

Emoji are more than a millennial messaging fad. Think of them more like a primitive language. The tiny, emotive characters—from ? to ? to ?—represent the first language born of the digital world, designed to add emotional nuance to otherwise flat text. Emoji have been popular since they first appeared on Japanese mobile phones in…

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Is Steven Soderbergh's New App the Future of TV?

Director Steven Soderbergh—the man behind Magic Mike, The Knick, and this summer’s Logan Lucky—just released the trailer for his latest project. He made it with the help of HBO, but it’s not a movie or TV show. Instead, Mosaic is an interactive narrative app that will be available for free download in November. Co-written by…

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