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Past articles by alyssa:

Did ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise Break Itself?

As the show’s leads have wrest more autonomy over the last few years, its core premise has been dismantled → Read More

What’s the Difference Between a Celebrity and Its Avatar?

Digital avatars are helping celebrities extend their online reach—and changing fame as we know it → Read More

“You’re on Notice, HQ”

Episode 7 of our documentary podcast series, ‘Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia,’ examines the beginning of the end for HQ Trivia → Read More

A Rebellion at HQ Trivia

Episode 6 of our documentary podcast series, ‘Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia,’ breaks down a particularly tumultuous era at the trivia startup → Read More

What Colin Kroll Meant to HQ Trivia

An excerpt from Episode 5 of our documentary series ‘Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia’ → Read More

Why Jonah Ryan Is One of the Best TV Characters This Century—As Explained by Timothy Simons

Talking to the ‘Veep’ actor about his bracket-worthy role → Read More

Erotic Milk, Fur Tech, and the Afterlife: A Stern Discussion About ‘Cats’

Once in a while, a movie so unsettlingly bizarre comes along that you can only look to the sky and say, "Why?" This is one such movie—but instead of petitioning the gods above, three Ringer staffers found solace in each other’s horror/confusion. → Read More

The New Savior of Boxing Is

On Saturday, the infamous YouTuber will face off against English vlogger KSI at L.A.’s Staples Center in a heavily promoted prime-time boxing match. Is it a fight, or a stunt, or the future of the sport? → Read More

A Lifelong Cord-Cutter’s Journey Into the World of Cable

One writer spent her whole life witnessing TV’s biggest moments—Robert Durst’s confession, the end of ‘Game of Thrones,’ the Cubs winning the World Series—from a laptop. Then she moved into an apartment that came with DIRECTV. → Read More

This Music Video Has Been Modified From Its Original Version (and Now It’s Vertical)

Thanks to Spotify and smartphones, the music video has found a new life—in a 9:16 format → Read More

A Brief Interview With Kendall’s Motorcycle Chaperone on ‘Succession’

The emasculated middle son of Logan Roy has himself a little chauffeur in Season 2—this is his story → Read More

How Face-Editing Apps Became a Form of Sophisticated Phishing

Step 1: participate in a meme. Step 2: worry about how your identity might be sold or stolen. It’s the new American pastime! → Read More

Memes Are the New Pop Stars: How TikTok Became the Future of the Music Industry

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ is both a chart-topping phenomenon and a turning point for the music business. Here’s what happens when a social media platform becomes a label. → Read More

The Winners and Losers of Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down”

T-Swift is dying her hair weird colors, literal beef is being squashed, and Ellen DeGeneres is getting a "Cruel Summer" tattoo—this music video is a rich text → Read More

Don’t Know Which Toaster to Buy? There’s a Website for That.

When did recommendation sites like the Wirecutter and The Strategist become such a central part of the online economy? And are they changing the way we shop? → Read More

The Problem With IMDb’s Rating System

‘Chernobyl’ is the best show ever, according to the internet database. About that ... → Read More

How Will Renata Klein Channel Her Silicon Valley Energy in ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2?

She mistakenly joined the board of PayPal, she nearly burned a town to the ground to defend her daughter Amabella, and after witnessing the most crucial moment of Season 1, she may now be more friend than foe → Read More

RIP, iTunes: A Eulogy for Apple’s Inefficient but Essential Music Software

Eighteen years after its launch, iTunes is going the way of the 8-track—but we’ll never forget the joy of compiling our first digital music libraries → Read More

My Journey With Lil Miquela, or the Life Cycle of Instagram Fandom

She’s an effortlessly chic hottie pulsing with zeitgeisty cultural capital. She’s also fake. But her influence reveals the reality of online identity and the internet economy. → Read More

What Does ‘Game of Thrones’ Want Us to Think About Jaime Lannister?

Either he’s the dirtbag he claims to be, or he’s about to do something that’ll forever cement him as a hero → Read More