The Outline


The Future Sep 22
For the love of god, not everything is about cats

The foundation that administers the .cat domain for Catalonians just got raided by the Spanish police, but all the media wants to talk about is cats.

Power Sep 22
Conservatives love playing the victim

The website Quillette is trying to convince people conservatism is subversive.

Power Sep 22
Morgan Freeman, David Frum, and the no-good non-profit

Star-studded but otherwise utterly useless, the Committee to Investigate Russia serves little purpose.

Culture Sep 21
Nardwuar, the most mysterious man in music journalism

The Canadian man who has spent 30 years keeping interviews interesting.

Culture Sep 21
The Outline World Dispatch

A daily podcast

The Future Sep 21
Netflix, Microsoft, and Google just quietly changed how the web works

The organization that sets standards for the web just failed to beat back a stupid, greedy technology.

Power Sep 21
Megan McArdle has a lot of bad ideas

And, unfortunately, the Bloomberg columnist publishes five times a week.

Culture Sep 20
Active Listening: Music to move your body to

Songs to remind you that you exist.

Power Sep 20
Want to tell on Trump? A D.C. lawyer will represent you for free

Whistleblower Aid aims to provide free legal services to people who want to report on government wrongdoing.

Culture Sep 20
Jake Paul and the awful power of social metrics

The assumption that likes, retweets, or views indicate value reinforces old power structures in the industry.

Culture Sep 20
The correct way to be a cannibal

Eat a rich or powerful person.

Power Sep 20
The U.S. citizens who are detained by ICE

America’s immigration system is broken, and enforcing officers are still detaining citizens with little transparency.

Culture Sep 19
Tom Brady doesn’t want to talk about CTE

The five-time Super Bowl champion’s new book fails to acknowledge the disease.

Culture Sep 19
Smokers are the last nice people online

Taking a cigarette break on the smoking internet.

Culture Sep 18
Writing with the Trap God

A conversation with the the co-author of Gucci Mane’s autobiography about working on one of the year’s most-anticipated books.

Power Sep 18
The irrational disdain for Chelsea Manning

The selflessness of her “crime” continues to confound and enrage those in power.

The Future Sep 18
YouTube is leaving its creators in the dark

The site is mass delisting videos from its ad program, spreading the sense of persecution in communities from LGBT to the alt-right.

Culture Sep 16
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Power Sep 15
Trump may get something better than a wall

Democrats aren’t willing to give Trump the wall in exchange for DACA, but they will give him high-tech border security.

The Future Sep 15
How to navigate the coming A.I. hypestorm

Many machine learning studies don’t actually show anything meaningful, but they spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt.