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Netflix employees join wave of tech activism with walkout over Chappelle controversy

Slew of walkouts by tech workers, unthinkable mere years ago, shows workers ‘now understand their labor power’, expert saysEmployees at Netflix halted work on Wednesday and staged a protest outside the company’s Los Gatos, California, headquarters to condemn the streaming platform’s handling of complaints against Dave Chappelle’s new special. The actions – which hundreds participated in – are the latest in a string of highly visible organizing efforts in the tech sector, as workers increasingly ...
Tags: Technology, Media, Activism, Film, California, Los Angeles, US news, Netflix, Transgender, Culture, Television industry, LGBT rights, US television industry, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle, Los Gatos California


How did The Morning Show become the messiest show on TV?

In its second season, the star-studded Apple TV drama is a chaotic, uneven and ham-fisted yet compulsively watchable rumination on workplace ethics amid the pandemicWatching The Morning Show, Apple TV+’s messy, star-studded morning news drama whose second season premiered this fall, is for me a very vocal experience – the road from concept to execution so bumpy and the choices so chaotic as to provoke several guffaws an episode. The biggest “NO” comes in the beginning of the second season’s thir...
Tags: Apple, Television, Nbc, Drama, Reese Witherspoon, Apple TV, Culture, Beijing, Television & radio, Jennifer Aniston, US television, TV streaming, Uba, Daniel Henderson, Mitch Kessler Steve Carell, Bradley Jackson Reese Witherspoon


‘They didn’t just pick us up off the street!’ Meet the globally derided Squid Game VIPs

The K-drama is the hottest show in the world – so why do its English speakers sound like they’re reading off Google Translate? We meet the men accused of dire, stilted acting to see how they’ve found being catapulted to fameSquid Game is a sensation. A violent Korean drama that mixes childhood nostalgia with vast amounts of death, the series has surpassed all expectations to become the most successful show in Netflix history. It has made global stars of its main cast overnight. That is, with a f...
Tags: Google, Television, Culture, Television & radio, Squid Game


Lost in translation? The one-inch truth about Netflix’s subtitle problem

Subtitling is an essential art form. So why, as the streaming giant scores more global hits with shows like Squid Game and Call My Agent, isn’t it trying harder to find the right words?“Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” So said the director Bong Joon-ho, as he accepted his best picture Oscar for Parasite in 2020, in a not-so-subtle dig at the dominance of English language content. The success of Netflix’s Korean serie...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Europe, Science, Television, Media, Film, France, Russia, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Language, US television, TV streaming


William Shatner in tears after historic space flight: ‘I’m so filled with emotion’

Star Trek actor, 90, says ‘I hope I never recover from this’ after becoming oldest human in space on Jeff Bezos rocket New ShepardThe Star Trek actor William Shatner declared himself “overwhelmed” at becoming the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, broke ...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, James Kirk


William Shatner completes flight on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Star Trek actor, 90, made a real-life leap into the stars, as Amazon owner Bezos aims to dominate space tourism industryThe Star Trek actor William Shatner has become the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, was invited by the private space company’s found...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, James Kirk


William Shatner to blast off on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Famed Star Trek actor, 90, set for real-life leap into the starsAmazon owner Bezos bids to dominate space tourism industryWilliam Shatner, the veteran actor who spent four decades playing the fearless commander of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, is set for a real-life leap into the stars early on Wednesday on the next stage of billionaire Jeff Bezos’s quest to dominate the fledgling space tourism industry.The successful completion of the 11-minute flight alongside three civilian crew mates, with lif...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, Shatner, Van Horn Texas


Father of the Cyborgs review – the Indiana Jones of neuroscience

This film exploring the ideas of Dr Phil Kennedy, who had an electrode implanted in his brain, throws up interesting prospects for the human futureDr Phil Kennedy is regarded by many as the Indiana Jones of neuroscience: a Limerick-born doctor who became a bioengineering trailblazer, making people excited – and then nervous – by the way he worked outside the system. Then finally, sensationally, he experimented on himself by having an electrode implanted inside his brain in a Belize clinic that s...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Film, Neuroscience, World news, Culture, Ireland, Indiana Jones, Kennedy, Belize, Limerick, Phil Kennedy, Documentary films


‘I don’t judge his decision to die’: the hit podcast about love, loss – and Britney Spears

When Chris Stedman’s friend Alex took his own life, he left him a final puzzle to solve. Unread charts Stedman’s journey down a rabbit hole of grief and realisation“When someone dies, there are always questions that will be left unanswered. But what happens when you lose someone and they leave you a trail to follow after they are gone?”Chris Stedman is explaining the central conceit of his podcast Unread. The four-part series sees the writer and podcaster memorialise his friend Alex, who took hi...
Tags: Technology, Television, Media, Podcasts, Internet, Culture, Digital Media, Television & radio, Podcasting, Britney Spears, Alex, Stedman, Chris Stedman


The Next 25(0[0]) Years of the Internet Archive

Long Now’s Website, as reimagined by the Internet Archive’s Wayforward Machine For the past 25 years, the Internet Archive has embraced a bold vision of “Universal Access to All Knowledge.” Founded in 01996, its collection is in a class of its own: 28 million texts and books, 14 million audio recordings (including almost every Grateful Dead live show), over half a million software programs, and more. The Archive’s crown jewel, though, is its archive of the web itself: over 600 billion web p...
Tags: Future, Culture, Computing, Library Of Congress, Archives, Futures, Grateful Dead, Hugh Howey, Alexandria, Wayback Machine, Brewster Kahle, Kevin Kelly, Kahle, Digital Dark Age, Long Now, Long Now Co Founder Stewart Brand


Best podcasts of the week: paranoia and espionage in the tobacco industry

There’s double-crossing intrigue in Smoke Screen. Plus: the return of Sorted with the Dyers, eclectic album chats in 33 1/3, and an ambitious look at the history of AfghanistanSmoke Screen“The first day that we’d met, she revealed that she had been assigned to infiltrate me as a spy.” So begins an intriguing new series on double-crossing, espionage and paranoia within the tobacco industry from pod producers Auddy and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Beginning in 2013, we meet lawyer Belin...
Tags: Technology, Television, Media, Podcasts, Internet, Culture, South Africa, Digital Media, Television & radio, Podcasting, Belinda, Hannah J Davies, AfghanistanSmoke Screen, Bureau of Investigative Journalism Beginning, American Tobacco Just


‘Astronauts check our scripts!’: inside the new age of sumptuous sci-fi TV

With clone emperors in haute couture and exotic wolf-lizards poised to attack, Foundation and For All Mankind herald a new era of ravishing spectaculars. Can they do for sci-fi what Game of Thrones did for fantasy?Dynastic infighting, the decline and fall of a mighty empire, tyrannical rulers and fantastical beasts. You might be forgiven for thinking that Apple’s Foundation – starring Jared Harris and The Hobbit’s Lee Pace – is staking a claim as heir presumptive to the iron throne of Westeros. ...
Tags: Apple, Television, Culture, Television & radio, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Foundation, Isaac Asimov, David S Goyer, All Mankind, Science fiction TV


‘Kids raised in the digital era are yearning for this’: the people making new games for old consoles

Decades-old video game consoles such as Atari 2600, Mega Drive and NES are seeing a wave of new games released on old-school cartridges. Who’s making them, and why?This year, veteran video game developers Garry Kitchen and David Crane released a new game for the Atari 2600 – despite the fact that the console was discontinued some 30 years ago. And they’re not the only ones. Companies such as Limited Run Games and Strictly Limited Games are manufacturing brand new cartridges, and sometimes never-...
Tags: Games, Technology, Culture, Nintendo, North Carolina, David Crane, Fairhurst, Limited Run, Garry Kitchen, Josh Fairhurst


Scientists identify key conditions to set up a creative ‘hot streak’

Researchers use AI to reveal runs of artistic success are commonly preceded by an experimental phaseWhether it is the director Marta Meszaros, or the artist Jackson Pollock, those in creative careers often experience a particular burst of success.Now researchers have used artificial intelligence to reveal such “hot streaks” are commonly preceded by an experimental phase followed by a focus on one particular approach once the winning period has begun. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Science, Technology, Film, Culture, Art and design, Computing, Hilary Mantel, Peter Jackson, Jackson Pollock, Artificial intelligence (AI, Márta Mészáros


China’s cultural crackdown: few areas untouched as Xi reshapes society

Vast range of new regulations on society prompt fears of a return to tight control of pre-reform daysOn the second floor of a nondescript concrete building in north-east Beijing, the Youyou internet cafe is less than half full. Quiet and dark, the cafe’s customers are all adults, sitting in brown sofas in front of screens set up for hours of comfortable online gaming.Minors aren’t allowed in, and a poster on the glass entrance reads: “The whole society together cares about the healthy growth of ...
Tags: Technology, Internet, China, World news, Culture, Beijing, Asia Pacific, YouYou


Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space review – does Elon Musk really need the free PR?

Netflix’s new documentary series sells the first all-civilian flight to space as an exercise in philanthropy, but it’s little more than a privilege-fuelled puff piece for the billionaire’s adventuresWhile I’m still able – “allowed” is possibly the verb I want – I would like to register my objection to adverts masquerading as legitimate streaming content on a subscription service for which I pay good money. This is not how that particular model is supposed to work. I realise, of course, that I am...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Television, Documentary, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Factual TV, SpaceX Continue


Abba singles race to top of streaming charts in comeback triumph

Swedish pop band shows cross-generational appeal amassing 5.5m likes on TikTok since 1 SeptemberTwo singles released from Abba’s first album in 40 years have raced to the top of the streaming charts, in a comeback that has generated praise and excitement among fans who remember the original releases and a new younger audience.The first two singles from Abba’s forthcoming album, to be released on 5 November, were in first and third place on YouTube’s trending rankings in 12 countries on Friday, i...
Tags: Music, UK, Technology, Youtube, UK News, Culture, Britain, Abba, Tiktok


Discord: why Kanye West turned to chat app’s users for help

Rapper asked for opinions on a new song, highlighting site’s popularity among people ‘sick of Twitter’ When Kanye West was putting the finishing touches to his new album Donda, he was not content to trust only the ears of a few close confidants for feedback.The rapper and producer held a series of listening events in stadiums around the US, taking up residence in the locker room of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, to finish the album with the producer, Mike Dean, after playing it l...
Tags: Apps, Music, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, US, World news, Kanye West, Culture, Kanye, Mike Dean, Atlanta Georgia, Dean, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Donda


Why authors are turning down lucrative deals in favour of Substack

The newsletter platform has poached big names including Salman Rushdie along with a slew of comic book authors from DC and MarvelThe subscription newsletter platform Substack announced on Wednesday it had signed an exclusive deal with Salman Rushdie – but he is just the latest in a growing number of authors making the leap to write serialised fiction delivered straight to the inboxes of subscribers who pay a monthly fee.Several comic book writers and artists have announced lucrative deals to pro...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Technology, Internet, California, Marvel, Dc Comics, Culture, Comics and graphic novels, Mark Lawson, Salman Rushdie


‘I guess I’m having a go at killing it’: Salman Rushdie to bypass print and publish next book on Substack

The author on why he’s chosen to release his next book on the online platform – and why he hopes digital won’t see off the medium he loves mostOut of the gloom Salman Rushdie floats into view, his familiar face with short beard and glasses hovering on screen in front of a library that should win any competition for the most impressive Zoom bookshelf backdrop.From his New York apartment he is here to share three things: he has made a deal to publish his next work of fiction as a serialised novell...
Tags: Books, New York, Technology, Internet, Culture, Freedom Of Speech, Salman Rushdie


Why OnlyFans had second thoughts on banning sexually explicit content

Homegrown adult content site announced last week it was suspending adult content, only to quickly change its mindFor five days, it looked like one of Britain’s most successful tech startups was on the verge of a make-or-break gamble, one that would either see it burst on to the global stage or destroy its billion-dollar business.OnlyFans, a self-described “subscription social network”, announced last week it would be banning “sexually explicit content” from October. The ban was a shock because, ...
Tags: Technology, Internet, UK News, Culture, Britain, Pornography


Rise of the robo-drama: Young Vic creates new play using artificial intelligence

Inspired by a Guardian article, the theatre’s surreal and spellbinding show AI is a collaboration between humans and the system GPT-3Last autumn, a deep-learning computer programme wrote an essay for the Guardian. The GPT-3 system argued that humans had nothing to fear from robots. Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of the Young Vic, read it and felt inspired. Could there be a future in creative collaboration between AI and humans? If AI could write an article, could it create a play too, in re...
Tags: Science, Technology, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Computing, Consciousness, Young Vic, Vic, Kwame Kwei Armah, GPT, Artificial intelligence (AI


Stephen Fry spills the secrets of the Edwardians – podcasts of the week

From sexual revolution to the suffragettes, Fry examines Edward VII’s reign in his polished new series. Plus: grim and gruesome deathbed confessions Stephen Fry’s Edwardian SecretsStephen Fry begins his new podcast series – the follow-up, naturally, to his Victorian Secrets – by presenting the well-worn tropes of the Edwardian era, as recounted to him by historians: it was a halcyon era, a prewar time of garden parties at country houses, presided over by the hedonistic Edward VII. But just what...
Tags: Technology, Television, Media, Podcasts, Internet, Culture, Digital Media, Television & radio, Podcasting, Stephen Fry, Edward, Edward VII, Hannah J Davies


Alexei Toliopoulos: the funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet)

We ask funny people about what’s funny online. Comedian Alexei Toliopoulos dives so deep he hasn’t seen the surface in yearsMy whole life is a deep dive into the mysteries of pop culture. I don’t think I’ve seen the surface in years and it’s likely I have a permanent case of the bends. Each of these treasures I’ve unearthed in my life’s mission of pop culture exploration and investigation transcends in some way. Whether it’s capturing the rarest and most authentic moments of verisimilitude or th...
Tags: Comedy, Technology, Internet, Social Media, Australia news, Culture, Digital Media, Alexei Toliopoulos


Alexa Chung’s YouTubes haven’t helped my hair – but they have helped me through lockdown

Sinead Stubbins is the first to admit she might know a bit too much about the British personality. Is it creepy? Maybe. Maybe not? Who knows• Internet Wormhole is a new column where Guardian Australia writers take you on a tour of their online obsession. Click here for moreLast year, I spent a lot of time staring intently into a computer screen at a person who does not know I exist. Let’s just say if restraining orders were determined by hours spent watching someone’s YouTube channel, British mo...
Tags: Fashion, Technology, Internet, Youtube, Culture, Alexa Chung, Santal, Sinéad Stubbins


Game (voice)over: actors turn to video game work during pandemic

Demand for voice actors increases, providing relief for workers whose other sources of income has dried upCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was not only audiences that turned to video games during the pandemic. With theatres closed, and TV and film production on hiatus, British actors chose work they could do from isolation – and the booming gaming industry was ready to fill the gap.“The minute the pandemic hit, it was just everyone asking me: ‘What mic should I get?...
Tags: Games, Technology, London, UK News, Culture, Coronavirus, Cassie Layton


Instagram apologises after Almodóvar poster censorship row

The poster for new film Parallel Mothers, which depicts a female nipple, was removed from the social network but has been restored because of ‘clear artistic context’Instagram has apologised for removing the official poster for Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s new film from the social network because it showed a female nipple, after the poster’s designer complained of censorship.Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that several images of the poster for P...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Film, Censorship, World news, Culture, Festivals, Associated Press, Pedro Almodóvar, Venice Film Festival, Almodóvar, Venice film festival 2021, Parallel Mothers Madres Paralelas


I’m Your Man review – Dan Stevens is the perfect date in android romance

Near-future tale of a woman who accepts a male ‘companion’ robot played by Stevens is laboriously told and not really funny enoughDirected by Maria Schrader, this was a crowd-pleasing favourite at the Berlin film festival earlier this year and its star, Maren Eggert, won the festival’s new gender-neutral best leading performance prize. But I was disappointed with a film whose crises and dilemmas seem laborious and essentially predictable; it does not fully work as sci-fi or satire or comedy.We ...
Tags: Psychology, Europe, Comedy, Science, Technology, Film, Germany, Berlin, Neuroscience, World news, Culture, Computing, Consciousness, Human biology, Dan Stevens, Tom


Why Instagram’s creatives are angry about its move to video

The social media platform was once a favourite of artists and photographers, but a shift towards TikTok-type videos and shopping could leave them looking for a new home onlineIn late July, hobbyist photographer and self-proclaimed “sunrise hunter” Sam Binding conducted an experiment. After visiting Somerset Lavender Farm to catch the sun peeking over the purple blossoms, the 40-year-old from Bristol uploaded the results to both Instagram and Twitter. Two days later, he used the apps’ built-in an...
Tags: Art, Twitter, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Culture, Art and design, Bristol, Kevin Systrom, Systrom, Sarah Frier, Sam Binding, Somerset Lavender Farm, Inside Story of Instagram


At best, we’re on Earth for around 4,000 weeks – so why do we lose so much time to online distraction?

Silicon Valley makes billions by stealing your attention. No wonder it’s so hard to focus…One Friday in April 2016, as that year’s polarising US presidential race intensified, and more than 30 armed conflicts raged around the globe, approximately 3 million people spent part of their day watching two reporters from BuzzFeed wrap rubber bands around a watermelon. Gradually, over the course of 43 agonising minutes, the pressure ramped up – the psychological kind and the physical force on the waterm...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Books, Technology, Social Networking, US, Social Media, Life and style, Society, Smartphones, Earth, Culture, Time Management, Silicon Valley, Philosophy books



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