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10 Best Articles on Pop Culture

The most useful articles on pop culture from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Pop Culture Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on pop culture by Refind users.

  1. This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For
  2. Why so much Obama-era pop culture feels so cringe now
  3. Why is pop culture obsessed with battles between good and evil?
  4. How Alcohol Lost Its Cool
  5. The Psychology of Cringe Comedy: Why We Love to Watch What Hurts Us

Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles on pop culture—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles on pop culture.

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Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Pop Culture, including:

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Current Affairs

Magazine of political commentary & analysis | help@currentaffairs.org

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Catapult

books | classes | magazine | don't write alone

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Longreads

Sharing and publishing the best longform stories since 2009. An @automattic publication and the sister site of @Atavist. @longreads@mastodon.world

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Jezebel

Sex. Celebrity. Politics. With Teeth

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