Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: Jon Snow Still Knows Nothing

In the final poem of his Four Quartets, a rumination on the cyclical nature of war and the redemptive power of fire, T.S. Eliot had this to say about the great ouroboros of beginnings and endings: that "the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began, and to know it for the first time." Zak Jason What I Learned by Binge-Watching Game of Thrones Backward Angela Watercutter What Will Game of Thrones Mean When It's All Over? WIRED Staff Game of Thrones: What We Want—and Need—from Season 8 When Game of Thrones began, nearly eight years ago today, it introduced us to Westeros through the eyes of the Stark children, as they clamored over ramparts and …

In Congressional Hearing on Hate, the Haters Got Their Way

Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the rise of hate crimes and white nationalism devolved into a four-hour squabble over who’s most hated, and who’s doing the hating, in America. The members of the committee and some of the eight witnesses who sat before them battled over whether anti-semitism or anti-black hate is most deserving of their attention, and whether it’s white supremacists or Muslims or Democrats or the President who harbor the most hate. Meanwhile, in cyberspace, the comment section on the YouTube livestream of the hearing filled up with so much filth that YouTube had to shut it down. Candace Owens, a conservative commentator with the group Turning Points USA, told the House Judiciary Committee that the real …

Will Facebooks New Ban on White Nationalist Content Work?

In a move that’s months in the making, Facebook announced Wednesday that beginning next week, it will take down posts supporting both white nationalism and white separatism, including on Instagram. It’s an evolution for the social network, whose Community Standards previously only prohibited white supremacist content while allowing posts that advocated for ideologies like race segregation. The odyssey to this moment started last May, when Motherboard published excerpts of leaked internal training documents for Facebook moderators that outlined the platform’s stance on white nationalism, white separatism, and white supremacy. In short, Facebook banned white supremacist content, but allowed white separatist and white nationalist content because it “doesn’t seem to be always associated with racism (at least not explicitly.)” The company …

What to Expect From Monday’s Big Apple Event

If Apple has “one more thing” to add at the end of its event Monday, it might just be something you’ll read or watch in the near future—not the hardware you’ll watch it on. The March 25 event will be focused on media, with an assemblage of top magazine publishers and entertainment executives gathered to support, at least outwardly, Apple’s latest efforts around content aggregation and distribution. This is all part of its “services” business, and it’s an increasingly important part of the company's future. The maker of premium hardware knows that it can only sell so many gadgets, and getting people hooked into its software platforms and apps is a critical part of ensuring they still buy Apple. The …