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.
120 posts
Behind the Blog: Overhyped Tech and Valuing Journalism
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Overhyped Tech and Valuing Journalism

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 journalism that has value, the business ballgame, and soft AI boosters.
This Man Wants to ‘Save the World’ By Letting You Jerk Off Into a Computer
sex

This Man Wants to ‘Save the World’ By Letting You Jerk Off Into a Computer

The creator of the gimmicky DIY sex sleeve says any criticism against the Orifice is “gene warfare."
Behind the Blog: Serious Science and Hanging Out With Hackers
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Serious Science and Hanging Out With Hackers

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 big science and hanging out with hackers.
Instagram Will Automatically Blur Nudes in Direct Messages
Instagram

Instagram Will Automatically Blur Nudes in Direct Messages

This will also apply to end-to-end encrypted messages, because the processing is done on device, according to Meta.
These Songs Are Still Legal in Chechnya
Music

These Songs Are Still Legal in Chechnya

Making 80 to 116 BPM music illegal won't stop stomp-clap or ska.
Arizona Governor Strikes Down Age Verification Bill, Says It Violates First Amendment
age verification

Arizona Governor Strikes Down Age Verification Bill, Says It Violates First Amendment

“While we look for a solution, it should be bipartisan and work within the bounds of the First Amendment, which this bill does not," Arizona governor Katie Hobbs wrote.
Introducing the First 404 Media Fellow: Jules Roscoe
Announcements

Introducing the First 404 Media Fellow: Jules Roscoe

Jules will be covering labor and automation and helping our stories show up on all platforms as our first 404 Media fellow.
How Amateur Performers Are Making Porn in the Apple Vision Pro
virtual reality

How Amateur Performers Are Making Porn in the Apple Vision Pro

Damien and Diana Soft are making porn using Apple's new VR device—and the headset stays on during sex.
Behind the Blog: Posting, and Pissed Off About Art
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Posting, and Pissed Off About Art

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 posting through it, art that pisses people off, and convos with the FBI.
The Editor's Note on Kate Middleton Cancer Announcement Video Doesn't Mean It's Fake
conspiracy theories

The Editor's Note on Kate Middleton Cancer Announcement Video Doesn't Mean It's Fake

The Getty Images "handout" disclaimer on the video of the Princess of Wales' video statement about her cancer diagnosis is pretty common, actually—and not proof of a conspiracy.
Behind the Blog: Amplification and Heavy Breathing
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Amplification and Heavy Breathing

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 weirdness in the FOIA world, the idea of "amplification," and breathing heavily.
Scientific Journal Bans Images of ‘Lena,’ Researchers’ Favorite Centerfold
computing

Scientific Journal Bans Images of ‘Lena,’ Researchers’ Favorite Centerfold

"Starting 1 April, new manuscript submissions will no longer be allowed to include the Lena image,” a message from IEEE to engineers announced.