Hi there, my name is Ryan Broderick and I write Garbage Day. It’s a newsletter about the internet and it comes out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Everyone loves to blame every bad thing that happens these days on the internet. And to be honest, most of it is true. But the web is still good and this newsletter is your regular reminder that, actually, being online is still pretty fun!
Garbage Day is for folks that remember growing up in the west wild of AIM and Kazaa and message boards and know that, even though it’s probably politically destabilized most of the planet, the internet can still good and fun.
So hit the sign up button and make your inbox a little less professional!
Garbage Day around the web
Why We’re Freaking Out About Substack (New York Times)
Clubhouse, Spotify, and the invention of talking (The Week)
You can spend thousands on ‘Thicc Pokémon’ NFTs (Polygon)
How easy it is to spread misinformation via an all-too-willing media (Silicon Republic)
Four digital tools that got me through the pandemic (Poynter)
Tucker Carlson keeps attacking a New York Times reporter after the paper calls his tactics ‘calculated and cruel’ (Washington Post)
The latest culture war is over the sexy 'Space Jam' rabbit Lola Bunny and her new toned-down design (Insider)
Conservatives Want You To Be Mad That Lola Bunny’s Not Hot Anymore (Slate)
Millennials are writing cringey Gen Z diss tracks on TikTok, and they're getting roasted (Business Insider)
The Balloon Guy Explains Himself (VICE)
Facebook Is Hated — and Rich (New York Times)
What is a Blockchain? Is It Hype? (New York Times)
Far-right extremists take over UK land sales Facebook page (The Guardian)
How pro-Trump extremists prepare for Biden's inauguration (Wired Italy)
Why do Millennials care so much about Gen Z recycling trends? (Dazed)
‘Bean Dad’ and the internet’s need for a Main Character (Mashable)
Twitch will change the face of PogChamp every 24 hours (The Verge)
Twitter’s ‘Bean Dad’ Has Inspired His Own Version Of The Bechdel Test, But For Bad Dads (Junkee)
Substack: five of the best from the niche newsletter platform (The Guardian)
The best newsletters you missed in 2020 (Wired Italy)
Trump's vote fraud claims go viral on social media despite curbs (The Guardian)
Etsy removes Proud Boy merchandise (The Verge)
A playbook for combating QAnon (New York Times)
The 80 Best Single-Operator Newsletters (InsideHook)
A Facebook group where people pretend to be ants has gone off the rails (AV Club)
Tumblr is obsessing over the events that link 50 Shades of Grey to 9/11 (AV Club)
Right now, paying subscribers get access to…
An Extra Garbage Day email every other week. Currently, I’m using these to interview some interesting people in the world of technology and web culture. So far, I’ve spoken to:
Extremism researcher Sarah H (@nezumi_ningen on Twitter)
YouTube musician Skatune Network
Their.Tube developer Tomo Kihara
Community activist Gwen Snyder
Rob Dobi, the creator of Your Scene Sucks
Former Reddit mod and disinfo hunter @DigestTrump
Talia Lavin, the author of Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
William Yang, a reporter from Taiwan covering COVID, China, Hong Kong, and the future of internet freedom
Online Misinformation Researcher Erin Gallagher
Haaniyah Angus, One Of My Favorite Gen Z Creators
Julia Alexander, the best reporter covering the "streaming wars" right now
Tony H, a moderator for Reddit's r/ChangeMyView
Neeraj Agrawal, director of communications for Coin Center
Eugen Rochko, the founder of Mastodon
@SHL0MS, who sold a completely blank NFT for $19,000
Ryan North, the creator of Dinosaur Comics
With more great conversations on the way! If that sounds like your thing, it’s $5 a month, $30 a year right now. If you feel like supporting Garbage Day, hit the button below.
Trying to contact me?
You can tweet at me at @broderick (my DMs are open). You can also reply to Garbage Day. I try and go through reader emails twice a week. Also you can message me on Discord at garbage_ryan#5652.