8chan
8Chan is Back and Calling Itself 8kun Now

The anonymous forum 8Chan – a haven for far-right extremists, conspiracy theorists, and internet filth – came back online today after going dark in August due to its association with several mass shootings. Rebranded as 8kun (“kun” and “chan” are both honorific titles in Japanese for you non-weebs out there), the forum now has an important caveat to the no-holds-barred approach to free speech it previously touted, and it’s outlined in plain language on the site’s front page: Anything considered illegal in the United States will be removed. Read More >>

movies
We Discuss Todd Phillips’ Polarising Joker, a Movie With Little to Say

What do you get when a multi-million dollar corporation decides to capitalise on one of its most popular characters by centring them in a movie that taps into conversations about white domestic terrorism in the United States, incels, and the ways in which folks with mental illnesses are often abandoned by society? You get films like Todd Phillips’ Joker, apparently. Read More >>

movies
Universal Pictures Has Pulled The Hunt From Its Release Schedule

The film, a purported satire about a world where humans hunt each other for sport, will no longer be released. Read More >>

youtube
Drunk YouTuber’s Fake Shooter ‘Experiment’ Sent Disney Resort Into Lockdown, Police Say

YouTube has spawned a lot of egregiously dumb shit: everything from a high-profile scandal over a video gawking at a suicide victim in a Japanese forest to a vlogger wearing a Nazi armband at a Donald Trump rally as part of a “social experiment.” But an incident where an 22-year-old man allegedly ran around a Disney resort in Florida warning of an active shooter so he could film peoples’ reactions really takes the cake. Read More >>

youtube
Hey, Maybe Don’t Make the YouTube Shooting About YouTube Ad Revenue

Authorities have identified the suspect in the mass shooting at YouTube’s headquarters, which ended in four injuries and the death of the shooter, as YouTuber Nasim Aghdam, who made videos about topics ranging from animal rights and veganism to bodybuilding. Read More >>

gaming
Science Finds Once Again That Violent Video Games Don’t Turn People Into Rage Monsters

A new study published this week in Nature journal Molecular Psychology provides a well-timed rebuttal to the weary trope—occasionally alluded to by President Trump and others in the wake of mass shootings—that violent video games are causing real-life mayhem. Read More >>

medicine
Doctors Want You to Know How Much Damage Rifle Bullets Really Do

After the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, US on February 14th resulted in at least 17 deaths and 14 injuries, the pro-gun rights crowd trotted out a number of frustratingly familiar arguments. One of them, per Florida Senator. Marco Rubio, was that it would be impossible to effectively regulate firearms like the AR-15 used in the attack without banning all semi-automatic rifles. Read More >>

virtual reality
Bleak New Game Trains Teachers How to Survive School Shootings

The essence of virtual reality’s appeal is immersing yourself in a role you normally wouldn’t or couldn’t in real life. Close your eyes and suddenly you’re a viking or a detective dressed as a bat. But, in our sombre reality, teachers across the country may soon find themselves forced into virtual roles they never chose for themselves: ballistic experts, first responders, crisis coordinators. Read More >>

crime
New York Cops Want to Catch Future Mass Shooters Online—Before They Snap

The recent school shooting in Newtown, CT is proving a watershed moment for American gun control efforts—public opinion is quickly coalescing in favour of stringent regulation proposals while civic leaders scramble to respond to the outcry. But fear not New Yorkers, the NYPD has a plan—wait for potential killers to mention their murderous intentions on Facebook. Read More >>