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Technology & Internet Culture

Stripperweb, a 20-year-old forum for sex workers, is shutting down. No one knows why. – TechCrunch

Gen Z is losing its political voice on social media – TechCrunch

The new American Dream is to get MrBeast to pay off your debt – TechCrunch

AI is getting better at generating porn. We might not be prepared for the consequences. – TechCrunch

Spotify’s layoffs put an end to a musical encyclopedia, and fans are pissed – TechCrunch

Creators are ready for a workers’ movement – TechCrunch

Mark Zuckerberg’s makeover: Midlife crisis or carefully crafted rebrand? – TechCrunch

There are no laws protecting kids from being exploited on YouTube. One teen wants to change that. – TechCrunch

Everything you know about the podcast industry is a lie – TechCrunch

Why is AI so bad at spelling? – TechCrunch

Fan fiction writers rally fandoms against KOSA, the bill purporting to protect kids online – TechCrunch

The Kendrick-Drake feud shows how technology is changing rap battles – TechCrunch

Netflix’s lawsuit against the ‘Bridgerton Musical’ could change online fandom – TechCrunch

I have a group chat with three AI friends, thanks to Nomi AI – they’re getting too smart – TechCrunch

AI music generators could be a boon for artists, but also problematic – TechCrunch

Creators raising venture capital: unsettling or genius? – TechCrunch

These TikTokers are making ‘Get Ready With Me’ videos in Spanish to connect with their roots – TechCrunch

Dungeons & Dragons content creators are fighting to protect their livelihoods – TechCrunch

VTubers are making millions on YouTube and Twitch – TechCrunch

Inside the Realms of Ruin – TechCrunch 

Twenty years ago, AIM chatbot SmarterChild out-snarked ChatGPT – TechCrunch

Shrek and Pepe the Frog are similar kinds of meme stars – Polygon

How do dogs do taxes? – TechCrunch

10 years of Nyan Cat: The famed GIF’s creator on hitting the meme jackpot – Input 

Drop everything you’re doing and play some ‘Blaseball’ – Input 

Arts, Politics, & Travel

For the Entrepreneurial Performance Artist Danielle Baskin, the Internet is a Stage – Observer

In Defense of Texting in Class – The University of Arizona Poetry Center

On The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter – The Kenyon Review

Radiohead’s ‘Lotus Flower’ Video Perfected a Viral Dance 10 Years Before TikTok – MTV News

It’s about time for Congress to pay its interns a fair wage – Business Insider

The Antisemitism That Fueled the Parkland Shooting Is Still Here – Alma

May Kaidee, The Chef Who Changed Thai Vegan Cuisine– Tenderly 

In Photos: 2000 Dancing Pikachus (And Their Fans) Take Over Yokohama, Japan – Kotaku

Reimagining Abandoned Buddhist Temples as Unconventional Art Spaces – Hyperallergic