FROM Caitlin Dewey
4chan is broke. Should we care? The web message board sometimes called “the cesspool of the internet” is broke. 4chan was launched in 2003 and became the home of racist and sexist hate speech, inappropriate – if not illegal – pictures and memes like Pepe the Frog, now the mascot of the alt-right. To be fair, it has also featured some fun stuff, including lolcats and Rickrolling. So should we care if it’s forced to shut down?
Invisible Boyfriend Are you single? Tired of fielding questions about your love life? Here’s one way to shut everyone up: sign up for a new service called Invisible Boyfriend, which sends texts and photos from a fake significant other to your smartphone. We hear from a reporter who tried it.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.