Where your off- and online identities collide.

Dave Chapelle

A sexist Dave Chappelle audio clip is gaining steam on TikTok

The context of the clip is much darker than the more or less trivial situations for which TikTokers are using it.

On Feb 21, 2024 by Tricia Crimmins

Ai oil painting

Unsurprisingly, TikTok’s AI Oil Painting filter is white-washing users

When will TikTok harness CapCut and put an end to these racist AI filters?

On Feb 14, 2024 by Tricia Crimmins

'How I Would Look Fitness' filter

TikTok’s latest A.I. fail is a ‘If I Were Fitness’ filter

The harms of A.I. filters and image doctoring are numerous.

On Feb 7, 2024 by Tricia Crimmins

smooth brain no thoughts meme

The origins of the ‘smooth brain meme’, where ‘all ideas slide right off’

“All ideas slide right off.”

On Jan 31, 2024 by Tricia Crimmins

legging legs

‘Legging legs’ takes over TikTok

'Legging legs' has been deemed the new thigh gap, and many are saying it’s equally as problematic.

On Jan 31, 2024 by Tricia Crimmins

Chicago rat hole now being analyzed in religious studies course

‘Hallowed ground’: The Chicago rat hole leaves quite the impression on TikTok

Local residents are not happy.

On Jan 25, 2024 by Audra Schroeder

Lesley Gore with cat in a tree and clouds in the background

How a 60-year-old jazz standard became a TikTok hit

The popular sound on TikTok starts with a woman singing: 'Look at me/I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree.'

On Jan 25, 2024 by Audra Schroeder

Hot sauce trend

Men are weaponizing incompetence on TikTok and can’t clean up hot sauce

Once you become familiar with it, you start seeing it everywhere.

On Jan 24, 2024 by Tricia Crimmins

blue lobster meme

How a rare ‘blue’ lobster became a jumpscare meme

Getting "Lobstered" has shown up in both Minecraft and Family Guy.

On Jan 23, 2024 by Audra Schroeder

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark Avengers in front of yellow to red diagonal gradient background

Robert Downey Jr. and the enduring success of Tony Stark memes

On Jan 21, 2024 by Tricia Crimmins

Sara Ramirez

‘They are firing and letting others who have smaller platforms go’: Sara Ramirez reportedly axed from ‘And Just Like That…’

'Our industry is so duplicitous.'

On Jan 19, 2024 by Audra Schroeder

Woman plays elaborate car crash sounds to prank phone scammers

Woman pranks phone scammer by playing elaborate car crash sounds: ‘Sounds like a whole Michael Bay action sequence’

'The longest car crash in history.'

On Jan 19, 2024 by Audra Schroeder

Girl on computer playing game super imposed over classroom

High school esports is growing—and it’s changing who can be an athlete

But these growing opportunities aren't always accessible.

On Jan 19, 2024 by Sasha Rogelberg

Mother with child streaming online video of unboxing toys.

Influencers are putting foster and adopted kids in the limelight—advocates are calling it exploitation

‘No child, whether biological, adoptive, foster, should be put online.’

On Jan 18, 2024 by Sasha Rogelberg

Shot Focused on Yellow Tape Showing Text 'Police Line Do Not Cross'. Tape Used to Restrict a Crime Scene Where Forensics, Detectives and Policemen are Working on Solving a Homicide Case

The invisible victims of true crime content

'Some people want to share their stories. And others just want to be left alone.'

On Jan 18, 2024 by Colette Fountain