The New York Times is debuting “Internetting with Amanda Hess,” a video series by writer Amanda Hess. She breaks down everything that’s weird, wrong and totally sad about internet culture in five episodes — with topics ranging from how beauty apps make you feel ugly to how conspiracy theories have adapted to the structures of social media.
In the first episode, “The Dark Art of Political Memes,” Amanda analyzes how regular citizens are remaking politicians’ images online to elevate emotional and cultural appeals above the real issues, creating modern cults of personality along the way.
The five episodes combine the detritus of the internet — viral internet videos, app filters, cat memes and GIFs — to immerse viewers in the online world that Amanda describes. Each episode is designed as a vertical video, best viewed on your phone. New episodes will be available every Tuesday on NYTimes.com, Facebook and Snapchat.
Amanda is a David Carr Fellow at The New York Times. She writes about internet culture for the Arts section and contributes regularly to The New York Times Magazine.
Before she joined The Times in 2016, Amanda wrote for various publications including Slate, the Washington City Paper, ESPN the Magazine, Elle, and Pacific Standard, where her feature on the online harassment of women won a National Magazine Award for Public Interest. She was raised across the west in Wisconsin, Nevada, Washington and Arizona.