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Jason Parham

Senior Writer

Jason Parham is a senior writer at WIRED covering Black creative labor, emerging trends, and the digital culture of sex. Before joining the publication in 2017, he was an editor at The Fader and Gawker.

Streaming Is Too Big for Its Own Good

Viewers are overloaded with content. And as Netflix and other major services are now learning, blind excess comes at a cost.

The Breaking Point Is Here—Again

Tragedies converge, apocalypse colors the air, and digital realities no longer suffice. Eventually everything, and everyone, cracks.

The Infinite Deaths of Social Media

The social internet has always thrived on rebirth. If Elon Musk’s rule leads to Twitter’s demise, it makes room for something new.

The Artful, Subdued Translations of Modern Pop

Young artists like Latto, Vince Staples, and Doechii are subtly persuading listeners to rethink the way music genres can be interpreted.

Master Reveals the Finite Future of Social Thrillers

For Black people and others who are continually at a disadvantage, the genre has a major limitation: It can only imagine what is already painfully obvious.

The Age of Everything Culture Is Here

When anything on social media can become A Thing, trends take on an unnerving shape and velocity.

What the Black TV Viewer Is Owed

2021 was a banner year for Black TV. Still, progress can't be measured by representation alone—but by nuance, range, and more overlap.

The 8 Best Albums of 2021

This year’s most searing records—from Adele’s 30 to Jazmine Sullivan’s Heaux Tales—asked listeners to pause, reflect, and reconsider the path ahead.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Is Ready to Blow Your Mind

The actor isn’t just the new Morpheus. He’s the future of Hollywood.

Drake, Kanye, Lil Nas X, and the Art of Online Self-Creation

The internet has given all three artists license for role-playing. Only one is using it to the best effect.

The OnlyFans Porn Ban Reversal Does Not Reassure Creators

Performers of sexually explicit content are relieved but still worried about their futures on the subscription site.

OnlyFans’ Explicit Content Ban Betrays Its Creators

The adult fansite made its name off of personalized porn. This week, it announced that it would restrict “sexually explicit conduct” starting in October.

The Case Against Music Curation

In an age of pop singles and TikTok virality, letting go is the best way to listen.

A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part III

Joy and pain, harmony and discord, organization and chaos—there’s no single way to define Black Twitter’s complex, ongoing legacy.

A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part II

No longer just an online movement, Black Twitter takes to the streets—and finds its voice.

A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part I

From #UKnowUrBlackWhen to #BlackLivesMatter, how a loose online network became a pop culture juggernaut, an engine of social justice, and a lens into the future.

Zeus Network’s Niche as a Streaming Service? Raw Drama

B-list reality stars. Sex workers. A shirtless cooking show. Programming on the renegade platform finds comfort among the uncomfortable.

Black Pain Will Never Stop Trending

From the Oscar-winning Two Distant Strangers to lived reality to social media, the spectacle of trauma is unrelenting.

Genera+ion Doesn't Give Its Characters the Depth They Deserve

The cut-and-paste portrayals of queer identity in HBO Max's new series provide visibility—but not substance.

What Do TV’s Race Fantasies Actually Want to Say?

Shows like Bridgerton and Hollywood alter the past in the name of inclusion. It would benefit us more to write the world as it was, as it is.