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Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Aug 10, 2022   Updated on Aug 11, 2022, 8:07 am CDT

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

We are halfway through the week, and our top stories for you are about the only good politician on TikTok, a new Trump-FBI conspiracy theory, a viral TikTok trend, and more backlash to the cancelation of Batgirl

Plus, we’ve got our weekly “Now Streaming” column from Senior Reporter Audra

Let’s get to it! See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

How Ken Russell became TikTok’s only good politician

Come August, Florida Democrat Ken Russell will show if TikTok’s reach can actually swing an election.


Why the FBI is being accused of using the Presidential Records Act to keep Trump from running in 2024

Republicans are convinced that the FBI searching the home of former President Trump search proves the FBI is part of a conspiracy to prohibit Trump from running for president in 2024.


What is the viral TikTok honey spell and why are people calling it dangerous?

The honey trend is the newest viral WitchTok practice to take off on the app. So what is the honey trend actually meant to achieve, and why are some users calling it dangerous?


Kevin Smith calls out Warner Bros. Discovery for canceling ‘Batgirl’ but not ‘The Flash’

The fallout from canceling the Batgirl movie continues, and the latest critique over the move arrives from someone who’s done more than a few superhero-centric projects.


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📺 Now Streaming

By Audra Schroeder

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Episode 5 of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ is its best yet 

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Wednesdays our Culture Reporters Audra Schroeder and Michelle Jaworski review or analyze the latest streaming content in their “Now Streaming” column.  If you want to read columns like this before everyone else, subscribe to web_crawlr to get your daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to you inbox.

🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🍴 A server called out a “Restaurant Karen” who called him “rude” for informing her she showed up just before closing time

📦 An Amazon driver says he was scheduled to deliver 326 packages during one shift, leading to many people to share similar stories

📱 You shouldn’t post videos on social media about not working hard, one tech worker warned her followers in a viral video. 

🧘 Busy hands indeed soothe a busy mind. That’s why these fidget toys are perfect for reducing stress and calming your anxiety.

🧃 A Jamba Juice worker says rising prices are causing understaffing and fewer hours for employees. 

🛒 A TikToker went viral for claiming Walmart is charging more for items at checkout than what was the listed price. 

🥝 CEO Nathan Barry explains how ConvertKit tailors email marketing to creators’ needs. If you want more stories like this, subscribe to the Passionfruit newsletter.

🎼 Without live performances, musicians relied on streaming services to stay afloat during the pandemic. 

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👋 Before you go

A Starbucks barista went viral after posting her reaction to Starbucks’ new featured drink—cold brew with lemonade. The caption of her reaction video reads, “new featured drink…… immediately no.”

Starbucks barista pouring lemonade into cold brew (l) Starbucks drinks menu 'Cold Brew with Lemonade' (c) Starbucks barista holding drink hand on mouth (r)

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*First Published: Aug 10, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT