Ben Sixsmith

Art

What makes Joe Rogan so successful?

No single factor explains it

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Who’s afraid of the boogaloo?

Incitements to civil war, no matter how ironic, can be troubling. But state overreactions to perceived extremists tend to be worse

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

The ‘new normal’ in a time of coronavirus

With virtual reality we can not only visit London, New York and Paris, but make them better

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

An autopsy of the Intellectual Dark Web

Two years on from Bari Weisss New York Times essay, there are still several unanswered questions

By Ben Sixsmith

Fear and adrenochrome

The conspiracy theory right is addicted to crazy ideas about a drug

By Ben Sixsmith

Books

Dave Rubin’s ode to the so-called ‘independent thinker‘

Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason by Dave Rubin reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Dispatches from the Nerd-Hack war

The conflict between tech bros and journos rages on

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Burn in Hell, Steak-umm

Surely they are the last brand from whom to take lectures about ‘health’ and ‘compassion’

By Ben Sixsmith

Art

Why we love to hate celebrities

‘One World: Together at Home’ is a weirdly complacent name

By Ben Sixsmith

Diary

A writer’s coronavirus diary

Imagine if you could date coronavirus itself. It seems exotic. Enigmatic. Worldly and cosmopolitan

By Ben Sixsmith

Vince McMahon wrestles with his conscience

For the WWE chief, the show must always go on

By Ben Sixsmith

Europe

Waiting for corona in Poland

A poxy virus cannot equal the debilitating consequences of partitioning, Hitler and the Soviets

By Ben Sixsmith

Art

I hope Artie Lange is OK

In appreciation of the legendary comedian

By Ben Sixsmith

Books

Charlie Kirk’s about-turn

The MAGA Doctrine: The Only Ideas that Will Win the Future by Charlie Kirk reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

The Democratic civil war has been a long time coming

My sympathy for the dirtbag left

By Ben Sixsmith

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