For its scale and internal complexity alone, the literary genre of “romance” warrants more study than it has received.
Tag: Hacking the Culture Industries
The most tweeted about show of the decade, “Euphoria” provoked viewers to gossip about its teenage characters. What did they say?
The videos of TikToks can easily reach billions. But because the app won’t share what’s popular, we don’t know just what the world is watching.
“We can ask why Squid Game was so popular. But really we should be asking how any show becomes a global success at all.”
We may never know what goes on in the rooms where literary prizes are decided, but thanks to data, we know exactly who was there.
If you play a videogame and you avoided or never met a particular queer character, did they exist in the game for you?
America’s premier literary magazine promises to offer a cosmopolitan view of the world beyond New York City. Does it deliver?
There has long been a fear that media only makes room for one Black writer at a time. But that’s always been difficult to prove—until now.
A fundamental truth about bestseller lists? They are not a neutral window into what the public is really reading.
What kind of world does Spotify—through its algorithmic sorting of millions of users’ desires, through our aggregated listening—produce for us to hear?
People who use audiobooks are expanding what reading is and can be. But they are also incentivizing publishers to change, in unexpected ways.
Industry is already using data to remake culture. To reverse the tide—to make culture more equitable—we need to decode that data for ourselves.