Saturday, July 24, 2021

Kate Knibbs

Netflix’s Sexy Beasts Is Ridiculous—and Surprisingly Boring

The new reality show has an attention-grabbing premise, but the gimmick gets old fast.Why do people watch dating shows? Forget high-minded rationalizations about contemporary sociology and mating rituals—the real reason isn’t deep. To be blunt, it’s just plain fun...

Netflix Is Losing Its Cool

Even as it dominates globally, the streaming giant no longer shines. HBO Max and Disney+, your move.There’s only one reason I haven’t canceled my Netflix subscription. I’ve been counting the days until the streaming service releases the second season...

The Code That Built the Web Is Now a $5 Million NFT

The author of the code that built the WWW will donate the proceeds to charity. But the auction raises questions about the transformative impact of non-fungible tokens.Sir Tim Berners-Lee famously gave the source code to the World Wide Web...

Sweat Gives Influencers Something They’ve Never Had: Depth

The new Polish-Swedish drama offers a harrowing portrait of social media fame rarely seen in movies.Watching the opening scene of Sweat while sitting on a couch feels as contrarian as chomping down a bag of Doritos while motionless on...

Why Are Writers Fleeing Substack for Ghost?

The publishing platform is gaining traction as a Substack substitute. But the comparison isn't so simple.This past March, poet and critic Yanyi was very busy. Between teaching at Dartmouth, editing a literary journal, preparing a forthcoming book, and running...

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