Elizabeth Alexander on the Spectacle of ‘Black Bodies in Pain’

In 1994, Elizabeth Alexander, poet, scholar, and president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation published “‘Can you be Black and Look at This?’: Reading the Rodney King Video(s).” The essay grieved the beating of Rodney King by four white Los Angeles police officers in 1991. It als..

A Former Google Executive Takes Aim at His Old Company With a Start-Up

OAKLAND, Calif. — By the end of his 15 years at Google, Sridhar Ramaswamy, then the executive in charge of the company’s $115 billion advertising arm, had grown disillusioned with the business he had helped build.
The relentless pressure to maintain Google’s growth, he said, had ..

Where Black Lives Matter Protesters Stream Live Every Day: Twitch

When Shawn Whiting began documenting the protests over George Floyd’s death late last month, he started by posting photos and videos on Twitter and livestreaming marches on the social media service.
But Mr. Whiting, 32, a video game designer in Seattle, quickly decided that Twitt..

TikTok (Yes, TikTok) Is the Future

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I had mostly avoided TikTok; it made me feel old. But for me and many of you, TikTok has become a needed dose of silliness during the pandemic — and more recently, a unique home for griev..

A Trump vs. Twitter Week

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If I went back in time to describe this week on the internet to the 2015 version of myself, I wouldn’t have believed it.
We’re in the middle of a pandemic, protests against police brutali..

3-D Sound and a Zoom Apocalypse: The Plays That Come to Life Online

SHEFFIELD, England — There’s a voice inside your head, and it’s telling you the story of a man who went into the Amazon and came out with a new understanding of human consciousness. It whispers in your left ear, then your right. Then it seems to take up residence right inside you..