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!

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Garbage Day around the web

Welcome To The Age Of Newstalgia (Refinery29 UK)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Is a Reanimated Corpse (Vulture)

Modern-Day Sin-Eaters (Psychology Today)

TikTok’s Exploitation Of Gabby Petito Highlights Everything Wrong With True Crime Culture (Junkee)

Lil Nas X: Is the rapper the defining star of his generation? (BBC News)

How Long Will Twitter Cling to Its Dumbest Feature? (The Atlantic)

Discord: why Kanye West turned to chat app’s users for help (Guardian)

The Pandemic Has Been Very, Very Good for the Creator Economy (Bloomberg)

Bama Rush TikTok, explained and explained and explained (Vox)

What is the metaverse? (Quartz)

DashCon was a trainwreck because it was organized by a teenager (AV Club)

Pokémon no go? Players revolt as Niantic sends them back outside (Guardian)

My Internet: Ryan Broderick (Embedded)

23 Newsletter Writers on Their Favorite Newsletters (The Cut)

Why is "What Pretending To Be Crazy Looks Like" flooding YouTube recommendations? (AV Club)

This spiritual successor to StumbleUpon makes the internet fun again (Fast Company)

How Viral Recipes Shut Out BIPOC Food Creators (Food & Wine)

The Internet’s Shrek Obsession Will Live on Forever (The Ringer)

Teach Me How To Cheugy – Why Are We So Invested In Gen Z’s Opinion Of Us? (Grazia)

How 'Shrek' Achieved a Strange, Perverted Online Afterlife (Thrillist)

Video of woman serving ‘toilet ice-cream’ to guests has appalled the internet (indy100)

Woman Shares Bizarre 'Hack' To Make Ice Cream In The Toilet (LADBible)

Last day for Yahoo Answers users to post questions, comments (ABC News)

Inside The Year’s Most Unique Media Experiment—And A Mark Zuckerberg Guest Appearance (Forbes)

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)

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