The best and most interesting things on the internet this year
The Outline’s picks for the digital things that saved us from ourselves this year, in no particular order and just because.
Good riddance to terrible trolls
In August, Alex Jones — one of the internet’s worst actors — finally lost his platform.
Apple: the second-best tech company in the world
Apple doesn’t lead the way anymore. But does the company even care?
The virtual reality dream is dying
We were promised better worlds, and all we got was this lousy headset.
The 20 greatest horror movie songs and soundtracks of all time
Or at least in my opinion.
Obsessed with ‘Cyberpunk 2077’? Here are 22 fantastic cyberpunk things to play, watch, read, and hear
Find a way to pass the excruciating, indefinite amount of time until the game’s release.
By Joshua Topolsky
Conspiracy theory: an alien, ‘Annihilation’ event is unfolding at Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico
We don’t know much, but what we do know points to the end of humanity.
The Sphinx: a Soviet-era, retrofuture smart home dream
Where my real industrial design heads at?
Why the hell did they make another BlackBerry?
You don’t need a real keyboard on your phone in 2018. Do you?
A review by high-powered businessperson Joshua Topolsky
Xtian Miller’s kinetic typography posters are pure design pornography
By exploring the visual impact that words can have, the Detroit-based artist makes something wholly new.
Puma made Sonic the Hedgehog shoes and they’re totally insane
Don’t tell Doctor Eggman about this
Do you want to see Jony Ive with his head up his own ass?
Send your thank-you notes to Richard Turley and Volkskrant Magazine.
YouTube will use Wikipedia to provide “facts” on conspiracy videos
CEO Susan Wojcicki says "we are not a news organization"
These ‘Ready Player One’ posters are actually really cool
Knockoffs of ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Beetlejuice’ are great. The movie probably isn’t.
We are in an information crisis
Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are not going to fix it. We are.
This Tweet could be my life
The internet has a weird way of making you feel at home
Should The Outline be totally based on Blockchain technology?
We just want to ride this trend train
Let’s socialize wireless networks in America. Just keep Trump out of it.
The president would turn his first good idea into a xenophobic nightmare.
Facebook VP: We won’t use experts to fix fake news because we’re worried about criticism
In a completely unsurprising turn of events, the social network’s Elliot Schrage says the company is more worried about how it looks than what it actually does.
Silicon Valley would be wise to follow China’s lead (annotated for clarity)
Michael Moritz — a venture capitalist — wrote a love letter to human rights violations in the name of profit. We’ve interpreted what he’s really saying.
Facebook killing news is the best thing that ever happened to news
The end of the beginning. Finally!
Your next obsession: retro Japanese video game art
Commercial art from Japan’s video game boom is ridiculously cool and endlessly inspiring — and it might just be the next big thing in design.
Trump gave us an ugly blueprint for an ugly year
He didn’t rise to the occasion. He didn’t become more presidential. He slid right into the swamp, and stayed there.
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is/is not great
The greatest debate of our time.
The first trailer for ‘Annihilation’ looks incredible
The preview of Alex Garland’s next sci-fi opus is filled with terrible delights.
The death of the internet
If we lose this, we lose everything.
Tomorrow Podcast: Call us live in VR
A special virtual reality episode ‘Tomorrow’
Why is the theme song for ‘RoboCop’ on the Gameboy so beautiful?
Your move, creep.
This game looks absolutely amazing
‘Narita Boy’ just got its first gameplay trailer. And I need to play it right now.
Tomorrow Podcast: There are still things to be thankful for
Let’s talk about them on the phone.
This alphabet rendered as classic gadgets is extremely awesome
All style, no substance, no problem. Swipe or scroll to see more.
Tomorrow Podcast: Remember the Palm Pre?
We’ve been using the sadly forgotten smartphone, and we’re taking your calls about it.
Active Listening: What you didn’t notice the first time
Songs (and videos) that make you think twice.
Tomorrow Podcast: Your calls about skincare and our slow deaths
On a live episode of ‘Tomorrow’
A Pixel 2 XL review from someone who would never lie to you
Google made a new phone. Should you buy it?
Google is really good at design
The nerds have finally figured it out.
Apple is really bad at design
Let me just rip this band-aid off...
Google is using AI to delete violent content from YouTube
And it’s working even better than humans, according to the company.
The only review of ‘Detroit’ you need to read
Kathryn Bigelow swings and misses, in more ways than one.
Chase Bank will start making videos with NowThis News, because why not
Hey, who better than a bank to give millennials banking advice?
Anthony Scaramucci’s greatest hits
What happens when a Trump White House communications director goes way, way on the record? Swipe or scroll to find out.
Jeff Bezos is moments away from becoming the richest person alive
It turns out opening a bookstore is pretty good business after all.
Is Donald Trump about to make his first good policy move?
The President says he wants to raise taxes on the rich, and Steve Bannon is helping him do it.
California is just moving ahead with the Paris agreement
Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger burn Trump while extending cap-and-trade deal.
Apple Music takes aim at red states with its new ad
Brantley Gilbert wants to remind you that Apple also loves America.
The ‘Westworld’ season 2 trailer is here
But seriously, where is Samurai World?
Did Michael Jackson have an alter ego named Houston Hawkins?
And did Houston Hawkins repeatedly call Boy George on the phone to chat?
George A. Romero has died, and you should watch ‘Night of the Living Dead’ right now
The man who kicked off the zombie revolution had a lot more to say.
Trump has quietly appointed 71 people to dismantle government regulations
Surprise: nearly a third of the appointees are conflicted in some way.
Automatic art, David Fincher’s tricks, words of joy, and the clacking of keyboards
All the stories you need, in one convenient place.
Stories you need in your life: June 4, 2017
See these now or run the risk of not knowing what’s good. Scroll or swipe for the adventure of a lifetime.
‘Far Cry 5,’ face swapping, Turkish violence, and Google Maps vs. Apple
Some of the best stories of the week for your supple brain.
Stories you need in your life: May 28, 2017
Things to see, read, and hear. Just swipe or scroll.
Justice Dept: Jeff Sessions failed to disclose meetings with Russian officials
The Attorney General met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, then didn’t tell anyone about it.
A tale of two teens, the E.P.A. crisis, a decade of grossness, and Silicon Valley’s redemption
Let’s try something a little different.
Comey’s game, WannaCrypt busters, kids’ papers, and President Rock
What the world needs now is a wrestler-in-chief.
Streaming music failures, real life cults, Tumblr art, and systems that need smashing
Featuring the GOP, cassette tapes, ‘The Thing,’ and Alex Jones.
Worth Reading: Trump’s dump, the tyranny of Tinder, Fyre in flames, and design that matters
Stories for your life. Stories for your afterlife.
Life after death
Your media business will still probably not be saved. But you could make something brand new.
Worth Reading: Elon Musk’s “wizard hat,” Prince’s secrets, and tips on writing
Shock and awe. Shock to the system. Electroshock.
Worth Reading: Media meltdowns, women pirates, and questionable sci-fi remakes
On this blessed Easter day, let’s read some stories.
Worth Reading: The bad media, phone culture, and childhood memories
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Immigrants and crime: the facts
A new study reveals the simple truth.
You can buy a Twin Peaks skateboard now
But this isn’t the first time David Lynch has dabbled in the culture.
Trump ignored an intelligence report that said we don’t need a travel ban
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but if the President doesn’t like the information, he doesn’t consider it information.
Bad news: Reebok is laughing at you
A warning to all hypebeasts.
Darrell Issa calls for a special prosecutor over Trump’s Russian connections
The Republican Congressman says Jeff Sessions needs to move out of the way.
The one true video game aesthetic
In projects like ‘Narita Boy,’ the past is always present.
The volcanic myth behind North Korea’s assassination drama
The killing of Kim Jong-un's older brother Kim Jong-nam goes deeper and gets stranger than you think.
Fuck the Deep State
There is only one story: Trump is the risk.
Beyoncé is being sued for $20M over a sample on “Formation”
YouTube performer Messy Mya’s estate says the singer hasn’t responded to requests.
Twitter introduces three major new anti-harassment tools
And yet, still no global Donald Trump filter.
ISIS has built a drone program out of GoPros and hobbyist UAVs
The Islamic State finds its own uses for things.
How we fight
Scenes from The Resistance
Two journalists were arrested for “rioting” following Trump’s inauguration
Reporters for Vocativ and RT America could face 10 years in prison for simply covering the news.
Report: Legal and ethics scholars filed a major lawsuit against Trump on Monday
The suit alleges the president’s foreign business dealings are in violation of the Constitution.
For months, Hillary Clinton had her very own Trump
For months, Philippe Reines worked around the clock to become America's most hated man
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ catchphrase has been revealed
Guess what it is?
The best things on the internet
In no particular order and just because
A compendium of splendid gifts
If you're into that sort of thing
A gift guide for picky nerds
Are you buying for someone like me? Let me help.
Gifts for a picky nerd
For that special person who really likes expensive and/or obscure stuff. I mean me. Whatever. No judgments here.
Rudy Giuliani won't be in Trump's cabinet
Literally no one wants to be anywhere near Rudy.
Out West #8: Violent Ends
We made it.
Welcome to The Outline
A weird new adventure.
The Long Goodbye
Wide awake and dreaming in Altman's LA
‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ needed some serious fixing
Director Tony Gilroy may have reshot as much as 40 percent of the film.
Kellyanne Conway to teen: Please stop talking about sexual assault
Trump's mouthpiece dismisses a 17-year-old's question about the president-elect's history.
Obama: Weed should be treated like cigarettes
It's the end of the world as we know it. Let's get high.
Out West #7: The Ribbon Cutting Theory
Who is dead, and who will die?
This abandoned mall had the perfect response to Black Friday
Maybe you don't need that new TV?
English nouns' popularity moves in 14-year cycles, study says
The popularity of words and phrases has a strangely consistent ebb and flow.
The time Bernie Sanders met Killer Mike
He’s not an actual killer.
Microsoft apologizes for accidental racism in Xbox email
Zombies make this noise, but it probably doesn't belong anywhere else.
Out West #6: The Complete Timeline
It's all coming together.
Michael Shannon to Trump supporters: time to die
An understandable rage.
Obama is cautiously optimistic
He spoke in a wide-ranging interview with The New Yorker.
Out West #5: The Real Brain Theory
Everyone is a host.
Out West #4: Ford is a Host
People are hosts and hosts are people.
Out West #3: The Maze
The one with the orgy scene
Out West #2: The No Arnold Theory
We know who the Man in Black is.
Out West #1: The Multiple Theresas Theory
There's a new podcast in town.