#KimOhNo: Be Grateful That Kim Kardashian Is Bad at Puns

It’s a Kimergency, y’all: Kim Kardashian has named a line of shapewear Kimono. Japanese kimonos are nothing like full-body fat flatteners. They’re imbued with cultural significance that Kardashian is ignoring for the purposes of a confusing pun. They’re no less than the sixth victim of Kim Kardashian’s kwest to kapitalize on kultures not her own. Naturally, people are pissed. You can watch the roast sizzle over at #KimOhNo, which is both a rallying cry for informed discussion about cultural appropriation …

While You Were Offline: The Great Debate(s) That Rocked the Internet

Welp, June is over and it ended with a lot of fanfare. Over the past week, President Trump joked about election interference when meeting with Vladimir Putin and also got into a fight with the US women's soccer team. It was a week where the Supreme Court failed to prevent gerrymandering; it was also, however, a week where the Supreme Court blocked census citizenship questioning—for now, at least—and rejected an attempt to revive Alabama's abortion ban. It was also a …

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

By now, you’ve likely felt the subscription pinch, and readied yourself for the coming escalation. Netflix, Amazon, HBO Now, Hulu, Disney Plus—it’s a mess out there! Then again, it’s nothing compared to what’s coming for gamers. Subscriptions aren’t anything new to the world of videogames. Microsoft and Sony have both offered them for over a decade, tying online experiences to Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus, respectively. But as ownership has given way to monthly payments—not just in streaming video but …

While You Were Offline: Trump’s Freudian Slip on Twitter

Happy Sunday and welcome to another installment of While You Were Offline. What did you miss on the internet last week? Well, for one, it was a week in which European election results failed to evidence the rumored far-right wave. Meanwhile, in the US, evidence surfaced of partisan shenanigans in planning for the 2020 census, and abortion rights took another hit in Missouri. Think all of that sounds interesting? Oh, just wait, dear readers. Wait and see what else people …

The end of erotica? How Hollywood fell out of love with sex

The sex scene is dying out: not just because of #MeToo, but also because of new box-office economics For decades, no big-box-office, adult-oriented Hollywood movie was apparently complete without a sex scene, from Dont Look Now to Basic Instinct. Yet it appears that erotica is now dying out in mainstream cinema. A critical analysis Washington Post told last week. But, again, liberating 22-year-old Zendaya from her Disney-princess prison with a shocking coming-of-age series is not quite equivalent to the behaviour …

Terry Pratchett predicted rise of fake news in 1995, says biographer

Marc Burrows discovered Bill Gates interview in which the writer warned of parity of esteem given to stories published on the net In 1995, the internet was a world of dial-up connections and Usenet newsgroups, but according to his biographer, Terry Pratchett had already accurately predicted how the internet would propagate and legitimise fake news. Marc Burrows was digging through old cuttings about the late Discworld author for his forthcoming biography when he came across an interview Pratchett had done …

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren’t Married

Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are best friends, and pretty much have been since they took on the roles of Sansa and Arya Stark on Game of Thrones. Their fast friendship has often led people to wonder if they're romantically involved. The truth is they're not, but Turner understands why people think that. "People do think that we're a couple, sometimes," Turner says in the WIRED Autocomplete Interview above. "It's beautiful. It's the purest friendship I've ever had in my …