Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends

Caitlin Dewey
"Links" is a lighthearted weekly roundup of the internet's absolute best reads on culture & technology, curated by Caitlin Dewey and mailed on Friday mornings.
Created 19 Apr 2019
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  • My favorite reads from 2021
    17 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Hi friends. Today is December 17, 2021. This is your last Links of the year, an occasion that calls for some contemplation. The year began with an armed uprising; it ended with a tornado. And in betwe...
  • New (?) and hip (?)
    10 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    Hi friends. Today is December 10, 2021. And we’re all apparently living through ✨the nExT gReAt✨ internet revolution. I speak not of Zuck’s magic metaverse. Or Donald Trump’s “new” social app. Instead...
  • Exceeds prior peaks of cringe
    03 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    Hi friends. Today is December 3, 2021. Between the assault on abortion rights, the arrival of a Covid variant that sounds like a Marvel super-villain, and this bonkers research attempting to dim the a...
  • How the internet works
    19 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Hi friends. Today is November 19, 2021. And since we’re only six days out from (American) Thanksgiving, I’d like to wax grateful for a moment. I know you — whoever you are — have myriad worthwhile new...
  • Still clearly a scam
    12 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Hi friends. Today is November 12, 2021. As of this week, Netflix.com is 24 years old — a good reminder that you sometimes have to put in lots of work before achieving hegemonic cultural domination. Bu...
  • Digitally pickled
    05 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Hi friends. Today is November 5, 2021. And if I’ve learned anything in my 32 years on earth, it’s that few things live up to the hype that precedes them. A black hole is just a poorly photographed for...
  • Respect the ratio
    29 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Hi friends. Today is October 29, 2021. Thanks to Francis Haugen’s media marionetting, I’m so swathed in the smog of Facebook news I don’t care to write more on the subject. Facebook prioritized angry ...
  • It's a no bones day for me
    22 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Hi friends. Today is October 22, 2021. The theme of this week is REBRANDS, and boy — we’ve got some good ones. Facebook’s rebranding as something more boring and definitely less evil. Q’s rebranding a...
  • Cancel corporeality
    15 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Hi friends. Today is October 15, 2021. It’s the 24th birthday of Age of Empires, the only video game I ever truly loved. Two decades later, I can still hear the exact mystical, Lamaze shushing that an...
  • A queasy sense of prophecy and prescience
    08 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Hi friends. Today is October 8, 2021. It’s been 11 years since “The Social Network” premiered, which feels kinda apt in light of this week’s outrages and outages. Unsurprisingly, maybe, you can see th...
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