Cybernaut

An expedition into internet culture, and what it says about us.

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Caught in the Study Web

Exploring Gen Z’s Ambitious and Anxiety-Fuelled Pursuit of Straight A’s Across YouTube, TikTok, Discord, and Twitter

4 May 24, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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LinkedIn’s Alternate Universe

How the professional platform makes networking weird

1 Dec 3, 2020 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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The Quest for a Dumber Phone

Digital minimalists are using simple talk-and-text devices to spend less time online, curb distraction, and navigate internet addiction

Jan 17, 2023 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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Artificial Intimacy

Replika users believe their AI companion chatbots have come to life

2 Sep 19, 2022 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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Blind Ambition

Big tech’s highest-paid workers get real on an anonymous professional social network

Apr 13, 2022 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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The Blurred Lines of Parasocial Relationships

The disappearing divide between “followers” and “friends”

Jul 14, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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How One Student Built a Study Discord Community With 150K Members in 15 Months

Nadir Matti, the Founder of Study Together, chats gamification, partnering with platforms, and the ins-and-outs of community building

Jun 16, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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Creeping as a Service (CraaS)

How Spoonbill reveals our obsession with identity

4 Feb 9, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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Our Pseudonymous Selves

The Past, Present, and Future of Online Identity

Dec 8, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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The Anti-Fan Phenomenon

Inside the online communities where people love to hate

1 Aug 31, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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On Twitch, You Can Never Log Off

The demands of daily livestreaming are driving creators to rethink the benefits of Twitch fame

Dec 6, 2022 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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The Internet Encyclopedia of Memes

An Interview with Don Caldwell, the Editor-in-Chief of Know Your Meme

1 May 31, 2022 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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An AI Might Have Written This

Writers are using apps like Sudowrite and Subtxt to craft essays, short stories, and screenplays

1 Oct 18, 2022 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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Cashing in on Clubhouse

Hustle Culture Takes Center Stage on the Audio Social App

4 Apr 28, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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The Rise of YouTube Drama Channels

How drama, tea, and commentary channels keep tabs on internet influencers

Feb 16, 2022 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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The Screaming Fangirls Who Forged the Internet

Book Review—Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It by Kaitlyn Tiffany

Jun 13, 2022 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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Oh, to be young and online!

Cyberbits Edition #1, a weekly curated newsletter of internet finds.

May 14, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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TikTok as a Portal Into Different Worlds

Cyberbits #5: A housemaid in Kuwait, incarcerated inmates, and other unlikely creators

Jun 11, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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r/NoSurf: A Subreddit for the Very Offline

Cyberbits #6: The quest to use the internet less

Jun 18, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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Introducing: Cybernaut

A newsletter about internet culture by Fadeke Adegbuyi

Apr 21, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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The Plastic World of RealSelf

Cyberbits #10: “The TripAdvisor of Boob Jobs”

Jul 23, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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The Hard Work of Being a Fan Account

Cyberbits #12: How online fan accounts for Addison Rae, Ana de Armas, and Doja Cat keep followers in the know

Aug 6, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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Is Internet Receipt Culture Our Undoing?

Cyberbits #8: How demands for evidence have become an impossible quest for truth

Jul 9, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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Longing for Internet Anonymity

Cyberbits #2: Avatars in Active Worlds, Online Ambivalence, and Alt Accounts

May 21, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

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A Primer on the Parasocial Economy

How online platforms monetize one-sided bonds between creators and fans

Oct 6, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi and Yash Bagal