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The Oregon Trail Generation: Life before and after mainstream tech


We’re an enigma, those of us born at the tail end of the '70s and the start of the '80s. Some of the “generational” experts lazily glob us on to Generation X, and others just shove us over to the Millennials they love to hate — no one really gets us or knows where we belong.

We’ve been called Generation CatalanoXennials, and The Lucky Ones, but no name has really stuck for this strange micro-generation that has both a healthy portion of Gen X grunge cynicism and a dash of the unbridled optimism of Millennials.

A big part of what makes us the square peg in the round hole of named generations is our strange relationship with technology and the Internet. We came of age just as the very essence of communication was experiencing a seismic shift, and it’s given us a unique perspective that’s half analog old school and half digital new school. Read more...

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The votes are in: Your 2015 Webby Awards winners


Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess should crack a bottle of piiiiiiinot nooooooir now that the 19th annual Webby Award winners list is official.

Both actors claimed top spots for their roles in the Netflix original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, placing them among a long list of winners that represent the best content across the Internet.

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences judges, including Conan O'Brien, Tumblr founder David Karp and Ariana Huffington, selected the winners for outstanding achievement across multiple categories, while 500,000 people from more than 200 countries and territories cast votes for the Webby's People's Voice. Read more...

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How to make a MyIdol character that actually looks like you


If you've checked almost any social network in the last few days, chances are you've seen weird animated avatars of your friends (or celebrities) singing, dancing or gyrating on stripper poles

All these images and videos have come from MyIdol, a Chinese app that's blown up in the U.S. It uses your phone's camera or uploaded photos to transform your face into a wild, animated doppelgänger. But the whole app is written in Simplified Chinese, meaning you'll have to spend a bit of time poking around if you want to learn how it works.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Ashley Judd aren’t ignoring violent trolls — they’re fighting back


After dealing with her fair share of trolls, video blogger Anita Sarkeesian knows one thing for sure — she detests the term itself

“I think the word troll is kind of a problem," she said on April 24, speaking to a mostly female audience at the Women in the World summit, a three day event in New York City that tackles the issues women face today

The term "troll" is "juvenile," its cartoonish influence playing down the harmful and often violent aspects of social media harassment, she says

Ashley Judd, New York Times staff writer Emily Bazelon and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris also shared the stage with Sarkeesian, speaking about their own experience with online trolling. The conversation was moderated by Katie Couric Read more...

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