tropes

tv

‘Jack Ryan’ Introduces a New Archetype: The Guilty White Saviour

This trope will be haunting us for years to come.
Tari Ngangura
9.27.18
enhance

This Game Lets You Yell ‘Enhance!’ at Your Screen Like a Cheesy Crime Drama Trope

Developer Nicole He made ENHANCE.COMPUTER to riff off an old, ridiculous movie and TV cliché.
Samantha Cole
8.15.18
Sex

​Why Is It Sexist to Say Women Are a Mystery?

Stephen Hawking said the mystery he found most intriguing is “women.” It’s a tired sexist trope.
Victoria Turk
10.9.15
Film

The 6 Timeless Tropes of Time Travel Movies

With sample dialogue.
Sulagna Misra
7.3.15
Thinkpieces And Shit

The Indie Rebel Is Just a Hollow Cliché In a Leather Jacket

The “cocky prick” has been a staple character in UK indie for decades, but as guitar bands become politically impotent has the role lost all meaning?
Emma Garland
6.22.15
Longreads Or Whatever

Ben Gibbard Has a Cold

The Death Cab for Cutie frontman sits down to talk 'Kintsugi,' divorce, and the struggles of living as a creative person.
Eric Sundermann
3.26.15
Stuff

Not Here to Make Friends: How 'Survivor' Invented the Reality Show Villain

What makes a compelling reality TV bad guy? A high IQ.
Hugh Ryan
2.22.15
Stuff

We Talked to the Guy Behind 'Every 90s TV Commercial Ever'

According to creator Dez Dolly, the viral video started out as branded content before it "scared the living shit" out of the sponsor.
Mike Pearl
2.4.15
tech

Talking to the Creator of a Printer That Makes Self-Destructing Documents

A new project paid for by a grant from the Mexican government is getting people talking about privacy, secrets, and what we need to know.
Jules Suzdaltsev
10.17.14