Samantha Cole

Samantha Cole

Sam Cole is writing from the far reaches of the internet, about sexuality, the adult industry, online culture, and AI. She's the author of How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex.
159 posts
You're Invited: 404 Media's First Anniversary Party
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You're Invited: 404 Media's First Anniversary Party

We're throwing a party and you're invited!
Dunking on J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Is ‘Unusual Behavior,’ Goodreads Says
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Dunking on J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Is ‘Unusual Behavior,’ Goodreads Says

Goodreads attempts to protect Vance's "poverty porn" memoir from review-bombing, now that he's the vice presidential candidate.
Behind the Blog: Embargoes and Epic Reel Pulls
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Embargoes and Epic Reel Pulls

This is Behind the Blog, where we share our behind-the-scenes thoughts about how a few of our top stories of the week came together. This week, we discuss embargoes, research papers, terminology and epic Reel pulls.
The '25-Year-Old Bachelor Living In Washington, D.C.' Is a NATO Influencer Now
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The '25-Year-Old Bachelor Living In Washington, D.C.' Is a NATO Influencer Now

Tony P is the new face of NATO.
Vape Shop Owners Face Federal Charges for Selling Boner Pills as 'Amazing Honey'
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Vape Shop Owners Face Federal Charges for Selling Boner Pills as 'Amazing Honey'

Z Smoke Shop in Florida was allegedly selling mislabeled Viagra and Cialis, as well as candy and snack that violated major brands' trademarks, a federal indictment says.
Behind the Blog: Dogs, Fireworks, and Gaming
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Dogs, Fireworks, and Gaming

This is Behind the Blog, where we share our behind-the-scenes thoughts about how a few of our top stories of the week came together. This week, we discuss turning our brains off with some gaming for the long weekend, dogs and fireworks, and the staying power of a meme.
Behind the Blog: Too Many Tabs and Generative AI Hype
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Too Many Tabs and Generative AI Hype

This is Behind the Blog, where we share our behind-the-scenes thoughts about how a few of our top stories of the week came together. This week, we discuss exciting new updates to the podcast, having too many tabs open, and the generative AI boom.
Lawsuit Claims Microsoft Tracked Sex Toy Shoppers With 'Recording in Real Time' Software
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Lawsuit Claims Microsoft Tracked Sex Toy Shoppers With 'Recording in Real Time' Software

The complaint claims that Babeland and Good Vibrations websites uses Microsoft's Clarity tracking software to see what visitors searched for and bought.
Self Tanner and Cheap Ties: Bankruptcy Filings Reveal Rudy Giuliani's Amazon Purchases
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Self Tanner and Cheap Ties: Bankruptcy Filings Reveal Rudy Giuliani's Amazon Purchases

Court documents show what the former mayor of NYC has been buying on Amazon lately, including a lot of socks, ties, and self-tanning lotion.
‘No Bot is Themselves Anymore:’ Character.ai Users Report Sudden Personality Changes to Chatbots
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‘No Bot is Themselves Anymore:’ Character.ai Users Report Sudden Personality Changes to Chatbots

The company denied making "major changes," but users report noticeable differences in the quality of their chatbot conversations.
Behind the Blog: Presidential 'Cheapfakes' and Internet Addiction
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Presidential 'Cheapfakes' and Internet Addiction

This is Behind the Blog, where we share our behind-the-scenes thoughts about how a few of our top stories of the week came together. This week, we discuss Joe Biden "cheapfakes," the idea of porn-addicted tribes, and feedback.
Ted Cruz Wants Platforms To Be Liable for Deepfakes
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Ted Cruz Wants Platforms To Be Liable for Deepfakes

The bill, introduced this week, is called the “Tools to Address Known Exploitation by Immobilizing Technological Deepfakes on Websites and Networks (TAKE IT DOWN) Act."