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Madonna Teases “Messiah” Single In Chainmail Niqab

Madonna has been teasing her new single, “Messiah,” in a stretched-out, I-guess-this-is-the-music-biz-in-2014 kind of way. This continues on Instagram with… Read More

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A Guide to Celebrities Who Are the Absolute Worst On Social Media

Ah, yes, celebrities: they’re just like us. Which means some of them are just as annoying as your aunt on Facebook, as unnecessarily cranky as your old college roommate on Twitter, and as insufferable as your #humblebrag colleague on Instagram. They’re basically The Worst, with the icing on the cake being that they have a built-in web audience since they’re celebrities. Here’s a guide to the worst offenders, from Ted Nugent to Jason Biggs to… Read More

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Rihanna’s Sheer CFDA Dress Is a Brilliant Instagram Prank — and an Empowering Statement

If you have a pulse and an internet connection, you’ve surely seen it by now: last night at the 2014 CFDA Awards, Rihanna wore a sheer Adam Selman gown, exposing her breasts (and behind) beneath a translucent sheen of glittering Swarovski crystals. Yes, the dress was was daring and risky, and people still seem to be struggling to get their heartbeats back down to a normal level. But the bigger shock is just that — the fact that people are still shocked by Rihanna, still aghast at an exposed bosom, still adhering to these strange Puritan standards of censorship that we should have shucked off four centuries ago. … Read More

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The Internet Knows Far Less Than It Thinks About the Beyoncé-Solange-Jay Z Fight

As the poet Fabolous once wrote, “You dunno bout it.” Such is the case with this week’s Bey/Jay/Solange drama, which essentially boils down to the Internet doing this: … Read More

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Rihanna Is Still Instagram-less

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Stop Flipping Out About Willow Smith

Yesterday the Internet had a shit-fit over the precocious object of our hair-whipping fascination, Willow Smith, posing on a bed with a shirtless man seven years her senior. But wait, because it sounds worse than it is. The photo is pretty tame, particularly when you stop for a second to acknowledge that a) a certain type of SoCal dude lives his life shirtless and just chilling on a bed, and b) a perfect example of that type of dude, if there ever was one, is 20-year-old former Hannah Montana actor Moises Arias. … Read More

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Rob Ford’s Gift: Reminding Us That Everywhere You Go, Someone Could Be Filming You

Yesterday, Toronto mayor Rob Ford once again made headlines as the subject of a viral video. This new one sees him standing in some kind of fast food establishment. He is ranting incoherently, in some kind of accent, possibly Jamaican, and gesticulating wildly with his hands. It is amusing in a tragic sort of way, or maybe I should say, in a Rob Ford sort of way: … Read More

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No, Selfies at Funerals Doesn’t Prove Teenage Millennials Are Any More Narcissistic Than Adults

Teens! Teens are the worst. I say that as someone who was once a teenager, even if I was more of the sullen, awkward variety than one who was blessed with early puberty and athletic abilities. And I thank the Internet gods every day that I didn’t have Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and — oof, can you imagine? — YouTube back in the late ’90s and early ’00s. My online self-expression then was limited to an Angelfire account and an anonymous Diaryland blog. If I were a teen nowadays, I can certainly see myself posting even more about myself than I do now. So when the newest one-joke Tumblr, Selfies at Funerals, made the rounds on Twitter yesterday, I couldn’t help but feel a little bad for those whose pictures were screencapped from their Instagram feeds so that adults could laugh at them. … Read More

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Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Instagram’s Biggest Clichés

It’s apparent to anyone with an Internet connection that this generation is obsessed with documenting itself. Thanks to the rise of social media like Instagram, so many of us can’t seem to go through our day without sharing pictures of it. Why we continue to do it is a great question, but that’s not what Slate’s Katy Waldman asks in an article about the social photography site. “The Tragedy of the Sunset Photo” laments our inability to effectively photograph a sunset, contemplates their appeal, and offers suggestions for taking better pictures of them. But these aren’t the thoughts that linger after looking an Instagram photo of a sunset. The real “Tragedy of the Sunset Photo” is not that we can’t capture the beauty of a sunset — it’s that we can’t seem to put down our phones and just enjoy it. Below, we look into some of Instagram’s most unavoidable, revealing clichés. … Read More

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20 Instagram Photos of Fireworks That Don’t Suck

Perhaps between the hours of nine and ten last evening you were browsing Instagram, thinking, “Thank God for this app! How else would I know what fireworks look like?!” Yes, the Fourth of July is a big day for amateur photographers who don’t realize that their cell phones do not offer the best technology for nighttime photography. In my own personal feed were lots of blurry and grainy photos featuring trickles of light resembling bright weeping willows. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of Instagram users who know how to use the photo app pretty well (or, more likely, got very lucky). Here’s a collection Instagram photos of fireworks that are actually worth a “like.” … Read More

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