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Vox's coverage of the latest memes, social media controversies, YouTube drama, and more.

Gabby Petito’s disappearance, and why it was absolutely everywhere, explained

Nicki Minaj isn’t anti-vax, exactly. That’s why her vaccine resistance is so concerning.

John Mulaney was performing a role all along

One Good Thing: This Chinese dance show is the only thing I care about

Why Nicolas Cage endures

The great American cool

Venmo’s new fees are frustrating people with side hustles

Got the same name as a serial killer? Google might think you’re the same person.

The soothing, slightly sinister world of productivity hacks

Sotheby’s is selling a piece of web history, signed by its creator

The radical help of the anti-advice column

Why are we so worried about Satan?

BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained

The British media narrative of Prince Philip’s death is about Meghan Markle

Lil Nas X’s evil gay Satanic agenda, explained

Why everything is a Milkshake Duck

A guy (maybe) found shrimp in his cereal. Then it got dark.

Justice League’s Snyder Cut saga reminds us which fans’ voices get heard

Your tweet goes viral. Here come the companies asking you to sell their crap.

The delicate relationship between grief and fanfiction, explained by a psychologist

The internet’s most beloved fanfiction site is undergoing a reckoning

Why the best true crime podcasts have to be political

The “Gorilla Glue Girl” never wanted her nickname

What happened when a beloved mom influencer donated to Trump

Kellyanne and Claudia Conway’s very complicated, very public relationship, explained

Kicking people off social media isn’t about free speech

Bernie Sanders inauguration memes are liberal comfort food

Baked Alaska’s clout-chasing spiral into white supremacy is an internet morality tale

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The paradox of online “body positivity”

Is this the beginning of a mainstream fat acceptance movement? Or will it be buried by the algorithms?

A requiem for the Twitter presidency

How Trump’s internet built and broadcast the Capitol insurrection

What we still haven’t learned from Gamergate

Netflix’s Death to 2020 rehashes jokes we all spent the last 12 months making

One Good Thing: The gentle, lovely beauty of the YouTube Christmas coffee shop

The Lost Year: A sudden crisis, online sex work, and a better understanding of privilege

"Online sex work has amplified the loneliness for some customers. I’m talking to them because they’re paying."

Why Dave Chappelle doesn’t want you to stream Chappelle’s Show

The year of bad posts

A new era of celebrity tabloids, minus the snark

One Good Thing: This true crime podcast about a murderous doctor is even scarier during a pandemic

Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom