George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

Images place us in time, gluing unremarkable and historically urgent moments in a fixed setting or context, but mostly they thrill our senses in other varied ways. They challenge us with questions and ferry nostalgia. Images set our faces electric at the sight of...

Quarantine Has Transformed Not-TV Into Essential TV

Every Saturday night for the last two months, the most compelling TV has played out on Instagram Live. Verzuz, a song-battle series started by producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, is one of the driving engines behind appointment viewing under lockdown. Already, T-Pain...

The Video Lynching of Ahmaud Arbery

Lush, slanting trees drape a concrete tongue of Georgia road as a vehicle slowly motors along. From the driver’s seat, a man attempts to steady his camera, recording the sight before him, but balance is difficult to achieve. In its beginning exhales, the camera tilts...

The Kids of ‘Teenager Therapy’ Just Want You to #Feel

On a recent episode of Teenager Therapy, cohost Mark Hugo made a confession not uncommon on the podcast: “Dude, I cried this week.”As is the show’s relaxed-but-altruistic nature, the other cohosts quickly chimed in. Was it stress? Something else? Extracurriculars were...