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

The M&Ms are different now

Is confidence a cult? These sociologists think so.

The misery of the Hype House

Diet messaging is everywhere right now. Here’s how to tune it out.

Is Jeremy Strong the bad art friend?

Is a new kind of religion forming on the internet?

Astroworld and the trickiness of tragedy blame games

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The rise of the influencer sex worker

Platforms like OnlyFans let people with big followings online earn money. What about the sex workers who were there first?

The chaotic, irreplaceable Wendy Williams

Supply chain havoc is getting worse — just in time for holiday shopping

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How mental health became a social media minefield

Social media is now basically WebMD for mental health.

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?

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