Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times

Matt Pearce

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Matt:

This is another article about stuff Joe Rogan has said about the coronavirus. With bonus timeline!

Joe Rogan has said a lot of things about COVID-19. People listen, journalists write. → Read More

The internet aided a digital Dunkirk. But under Taliban rule, Afghan activists go dark

Afghan Americans used social media to try to help Afghans escape Kabul. But with the Taliban in charge, the internet is now more dangerous for activists. → Read More

Beyond Anthony Bourdain AI voice deepfakes: The CGI of audio

AI tech used to re-create Anthony Bourdain's voice in a documentary is already stirring legal, labor and ethical issues — and making Hollywood production faster. → Read More

The flaming palm tree in Los Angeles: a sad July 4th ritual

Los Angeles has a love-hate relationship with palm trees. It reaches its fiery apex every Fourth of July. → Read More

The flaming palm tree in Los Angeles: a sad July 4th ritual

Los Angeles has a love-hate relationship with palm trees. It reaches its fiery apex every Fourth of July. → Read More

Commentary: It's OK to cause some internet drama if you get cut from cheer squad

For many kids, high school cheerleading is the closest thing to a first job. Unlike most jobs, the Supreme Court ruled, you can disparage the cheerocracy. → Read More

Gavin Newsom's wheel of vaccine fortune: Our lives of chance

A lottery is helping California get vaccinated. But the COVID-19 pandemic has been a game show all along. → Read More

'Mare of Easttown': What real-life residents think of HBO show

Yes, the residents of the real-life Easttown have thoughts about Kate Winslet's accent. No, it is not a hotbed of murder and kidnapping. → Read More

Awards ceremonies have failed big lately. Can the new Podcast Academy break the curse?

Some of the biggest players in podcasting have created the Podcast Academy and an awards show for podcasts, The Ambies. → Read More

Ladies and gentlemen ... the weekend, brought to you by Daniel Craig and a teen in OC

Behind the meme: How "Ladies and gentlemen ...the Weeknd" became "Ladies and gentlemen ... the weekend." → Read More

Who gets to make millions selling NFTs? The intellectual property fight we knew was coming

Jose Delbo, an 87-year-old comic artist, sold more than $1 million worth of Wonder Woman NFTs, which, like similar sales, got the attention of DC Comics and Marvel and helped spark a debate among artists over NFT winners and losers. → Read More

Screen time and our pandemic year: When IRL went online

When the pandemic hit the U.S., any remaining distinction between 'in real life' and life online collapsed. IRL may never be the same. → Read More

Election 2020: Biden supporters connect over news of victory

It had been four dark years for Democrats. News of Joe Biden's election victory Saturday over President Trump changed that. → Read More

Where were you when Biden was declared 2020 election winner?

Tell us where you were and what you did when Joe Biden won the 2020 election. We may feature your story in our coverage. → Read More

As America waits, demonstrators demand to count (or stop counting) the votes

With President Trump’s reelection hopes looking worse by the hour, pro-Trump demonstrators held rallies in critical battleground states across the U.S. on Thursday as vote counters tabulated the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s supporters have taken up the president’s baseless claims of fraud and his demands to variously stop counting or to keep counting votes, depending on… → Read More

Election 2020: Here are the recount rules in closest states?

The presidential race is coming down to the wire. What are the recount rules in Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan? → Read More

2020 election brings a relatively peaceful voting day (so far)

On election day, pro-democracy groups were on the lookout for voter intimidation. For the most part, they haven't found it. → Read More

'Trump trains' and 'MAGA drags' snarl traffic, raise tensions

Caravans of Trump-supporting motorists in 'Trump trains' caused chaos in multiple states over the weekend. → Read More

Slavery, Uber and voters' power are on states' ballots

Election 2020: Slavery is on the ballot in Utah and Nebraska, and a gig-economy showdown in California is among the key ballot initiatives voters will decide on Nov. 3. → Read More

What if a state can’t agree which presidential candidate won? It’s happened before and voters don’t necessarily get the final word.

America has a complex system of electoral fail-safes that starts and ends with the calendar. It’s also a system where voters don’t necessarily get the final word, at least not directly. → Read More