The Best of The Ringer
10+ most popular The Ringer articles, as voted by our community.
Sports. TV. Movies. Pop Culture. Music.
The Ringer on Gaming
The Great Consolidation of the Video Game Industry
Amid an ongoing spree of mergers and acquisitions, fewer companies own more of the gaming industry than ever before. But what does consolidation mean for workers, players, and the medium itself?
‘The Last of Us’ Lifts the Video Game Adaptation Curse
After years of subpar live-action adaptations of game IP, the quality, prestige trappings, and mainstream reach of HBO’s acclaimed new series make it a precedent-setting tentpole for the industry
The Ringer on Music
Eminem Found Himself in "Lose Yourself." Will We Ever Let It Go?
Twenty years ago, ‘8 Mile’ hit theaters, taking audiences on a quasi-biographical journey through Marshall Mathers’s life. It also spawned his biggest hit—an underdog anthem that lives on through…
Taylor Swift, Ticketmaster, and the Year That Live Music Broke
The nightmarish experience Taylor Swift fans went through earlier this year has sparked debate over monopolies and how tickets are sold. But it’s more than just Swift’s upcoming tour—the entire…
The Ringer on Sports
Lionel Messi Rewrote Soccer History in the Best-Ever World Cup Final
The Argentina-France showdown wasn’t just the greatest World Cup final of all time, it was one of the most thrilling spectacles in sports, period, and a fairytale ending for the game’s best-ever…
The King in the Endgame
Magnus Carlsen’s legacy is still being written
The Ringer on Sports Analytics
The Curious Have Won
Theo Epstein has definitively proved that data can change the game
The Ringer on Tiktok
Memes Are the New Pop Stars: How TikTok Became the Future of the Music Industry
Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ is both a chart-topping phenomenon and a turning point for the music business. Here’s what happens when a social media platform becomes a label.
The Ringer on TV
The Psychology of Cringe Comedy: Why We Love to Watch What Hurts Us
From ‘Da Ali G Show’ to viral TikTok videos, cringe comedy persists within pop culture. And oftentimes, the genre’s appeal is as much about the way we perceive ourselves than the comics we watch…
"Monorail!" How Conan O’Brien Came Up With an Iconic ‘Simpsons’ Episode
It all started with a ridiculous billboard
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Moral Panics Come and Go. Sex Bracelet Hysteria Is Forever.
In 2003, a media frenzy led schools across the country to ban colorful jelly bracelets out of concern they were being used for a teen sex game. The origins of that frenzy—and the speed with which it…
The Day the Good Internet Died
For a small slice of time, being online was a thrilling mix of discovery, collaboration, creativity, and chaotic potential. Then Google Reader disappeared.
«Online is no longer primarily a furtive escape or a cherished outlet. It’s just where everyone always is:»
A Lion Unleashed: The Enduring Legacy of Pearl Jam’s "Jeremy"
In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Long Road: Pearl Jam and the Soundtrack of a Generation,’ author Steven Hyden looks at the band’s breakthrough video, how it helped reshape pop culture, and how it…
Inside the Brilliant, Heartbreaking First 10 Minutes of ‘Up’
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What Do Cities Lose When They Lose Pro Sports?
In negotiations between the Oakland Athletics and city officials over the future of the A’s in Oakland, more is on the line than just baseball
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