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Sexing Up Female-Female Relationships For Biopics Isn’t Enough? Now They’re Adding Fake Lesbian Lovers To Movies About Real People

“The latest sapphic storyline to get tongues a-wagging” is Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet as paleontologist Mary Anning and Saoirse Ronan as her entirely fictional lover. Laments Guardian writer (and lesbian) Hannah Jane Parkinson, “It is immensely damaging that LGBTQ relationships are being fetishised for entertainment – and depressing to think that the mass audiences may not be interested in women unless they’re in bed together.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Hannah Jane Parkinson, SJ, Mary Anning, 03.13.19


AI can write just like me. Brace for the robot apocalypse | Hannah Jane Parkinson

I’ve seen how OpenAI’s GPT2 system can produce a column in my style. We must heed Elon Musk’s warnings of AI doom Elon Musk, recently busying himself with calling people “pedo” on Twitter and potentially violating US securities law with what was perhaps just a joke about weed – both perfectly normal activities – is now involved in a move to terrify us all. The non-profit he backs, OpenAI, has developed an AI system so good it had me quaking in my trainers when it was fed an article of mine and w...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Media, US, Computing, Consciousness, Alphabet, Deepmind, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Artificial intelligence (AI


Best Longform of 2018

If you’re not a regular reader of my site, please do me a favor and subscribe to the email (it comes infrequently — whenever I add a post here). I write about business, technology, history, mental models (a lot of those), and all the random interesting stuff I’m reading about. It’s a hodge-podge and I hope you’ll enjoy. At the beginning of last year I decided I was going to spend more time reading books in 2018. I set myself a goal of 30 on Goodreads and blew past that by year end. While it f...
Tags: New York, Isis, Hollywood, London, Buzzfeed, Washington Post, Senate, Islamic State, Iraq, New York City, Uncategorized, America, Seo, Earth, Bbc, Ford


Frictionless unicorns, ‘max fac’ and cake: your guide to Brexit lingo | Hannah Jane Parkinson

The language of politics is becoming increasingly esoteric and ridiculous. Just like the Brexit shambles itselfFirst, an apology. Because this piece is about Brexit, which haunts all of our days like a hangover that simply will not shift. A hangover after, say, a full-bodied Malbec or an earthy Pilsner. As the EU agrees Theresa May’s 585-page Brexit plan, and with the UK parliamentary vote to take place on 11 December ensuring yet more furious conjecture and debate, let us go over the ridiculous...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Article 50, Brexit, Hannah Jane Parkinson


Watch this student's perfect eye-roll behind right-wing speaker during Brexit debate

Nothing says "What bullshit!" better than a perfect eye-roll. And 21-year-old student Harriet Ellis said just that to right-wing Nigel Farage, with a perfect roll of her eyes during a Brexit debate yesterday. She punctuated her eye-roll with a subtle "I can't believe this" shake of her head. Her tweet about it went viral, receiving 46,000 likes so far. How we ALL feel when cock head Nigel Farrage opens his mouth #c4brexit #brexit pic.twitter.com/UmCXd7WmJm — Kev (@kev1n1985) November 5, 2018 ...
Tags: Post, News, Nigel Farage, Body Language, Nigel Farrage, Brexit, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Harriet Ellis, Eye-rolls


Why does Twitter let Alex Jones break its rules with his rants? Well, money rules | Hannah Jane Parkinson

The tech giant is scared of losing power, yet as a media platform it must be responsible for its contentAlex Jones isn’t your typical rock star name – I knew at least three at school. But rock star is what Alex Jones, the founder of the conspiracy enterprise Infowars and far-right rant-merchant, has become. At least to the millions of people who visit his site each month, the 427,000 Twitter followers and to the president of the United States, who has praised him.Jones’s greatest hits include re...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Youtube, Washington, US, UK News, Newspapers & magazines, Blogging, Hillary Clinton, United States, Digital Media, Sandy Hook


Remainders: From Systems Thinking to Stephen A. Smith

Been awhile since I got one of these Remainders posts out. For the uninitiated, it’s a chance to share some of what I’ve been reading/seeing. You can find past versions filed under Remainders. Also, if you want to subscribe to the email so you actually find out when things are published here (on the rare occasion they are), please sign up here. Alright, let’s start with books. Since last time I’ve read: China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know (Arthur Kroeber): Long and probably way more de...
Tags: Elon Musk, England, Adobe, China, Uncategorized, NFL, Seo, Tesla, Systems, Paris, Netherlands, Nba, Kenya, Silicon Valley, Steve Martin, Bipolar Disorder


I know Elon Musk does good, but he's still a bonehead | Hannah Jane Parkinson

For every extraordinary feat, there’s something else bizarre or shameful, most recently calling a Thailand cave rescuer a ‘pedo’When I was at school, one of the go-to playground insults, I am afraid, was “paedo”. Mostly the teachers were paedos, but the socially awkward kid in sixth form and the janitor who scuppered your escape at lunchtime were also targets. Of course, I realise now that even jokingly accusing someone of sexually abusing children isn’t witty or clever. You grow out of these ba...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, UK News, Thailand, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Musk, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Unsworth, Sir Richard Branson, Thailand Cave Rescue, Vern Unsworth


Less Than 24 Hours Into His UK Trip, Trump Has Already Started A Rift With Theresa May

President Donald Trump has been in the U.K. for less than 24 hours, but he's managed to rile up certain sections of the British public even more than usual.In an interview with The Sun, published on Thursday night, he made several controversial remarks laying into the country, its politics and its people.Theresa May's Brexit plan, he said, would "probably kill" any future trade deal with the U.S., because it's "a much ­different deal than the one the people voted on"; he slammed London Mayor Sa...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, UK, London, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Disney, US, Bbc, United States, Theresa May, Nelson Mandela, Yvette Cooper, Sun, Jeremy Hunt


Mali 'Spider-Man' To Become French Citizen After Scaling Apartment Building To Rescue A Child!

A young Malian migrant will be made a French citizen after climbing four floors of an apartment building to save a 4-year-old child dangling from a balcony! According to the office of the French presidency, Mamoudou Gassama has been offered a job by the Paris fire brigade thanks to his heroic feat, which was performed in front of a crowd of cheering onlookers on Sunday. Video of the rescue showed the 22-year-old scaling the building in the span of about 30 seconds. He had already pulled the chil...
Tags: Celebs, France, Paris, Mali, Emmanuel Macron, Elysee Palace, Macron, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Mamoudou Gassama, Gassama, ABC News Instead


Macron goes against Trump on Paris climate deal and Iran nuclear accord

French president addresses Congress, presenting himself as an advocate of liberal world order – the opposite of Trump’s imageAfter spending a day of intimate presidential fraternity with Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned speech in Washington on Wednesday advocating many of the things Trump has spent much of his presidency trying to destroy. Related: The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs | Hannah Jane Parkinson Continue reading...
Tags: Congress, Washington, Environment, World news, US news, Iran, Paris, US Congress, Donald Trump, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump Emmanuel Macron


After all the hugs, Macron stands up for everything Trump vowed to destroy

French president addresses Congress, presenting himself as an advocate of liberal world order – the opposite of Trump’s imageAfter spending a day of intimate presidential fraternity with Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned speech in Washington on Wednesday advocating many of the things Trump has spent much of his presidency trying to destroy. Related: The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs | Hannah Jane Parkinson Continue reading...
Tags: Congress, Washington, Environment, World news, US news, US Congress, Donald Trump, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump Emmanuel Macron, Trump Macron


Hey pop stars! If you fancy getting political, read this first | Hannah Jane Parkinson

You can hardly blame Lorde for getting in a diplomatic brouhaha, celebrity singers are too young and too busy to be political sages. So here’s a cheat sheetGive us today our daily outrage: the pop star Lorde has decided – after much consideration – to cancel her concert in Israel after a letter from BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) supporters. Cut to a rightwing American rabbi taking out a full-page advert in the Washington Post to denounce her as antisemitic, and also hold her responsible for Ne...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Lorde, Washington Post, Nicki Minaj, Israel, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Mtv, New Zealand, Morrissey, Bds, Hannah Jane Parkinson, MTV VMAs 2016


Good riddance Travis Kalanick: one woman's victory against sexist tech | Hannah Jane Parkinson

The Uber CEO has finally stepped down in the wake of endless corporate sexism allegations and scandal – and the end all started with a blogpostSo then, zero stars for Travis Kalanick. The Uber co-founder and CEO has stepped down after a tumultuous period culminating in a spotlight being shone on the company’s corporate environment of sexism, as revealed in a powerful blogpost by former employee Susan Fowler. Make no mistake; this is largely Fowler’s victory and proof that speaking out can reap d...
Tags: Uber, Apps, Technology, Internet, Silicon Valley, Travis Kalanick, Kalanick, Fowler, Susan Fowler, Hannah Jane Parkinson


Spotify’s Original Content, Shazam Gets a Gameshow, Frank Ocean is Just Cruel and More - Liv Buli's Weekend Reading List

Just back from vacation,  Liv Buli, the Data Journalist for Pandora's Next Big Sound  shares what she's paying attention to, as she parses data while taking the cultural temperature. Liv often sees what matters before the rest of us; and shares it most Fridays on Hypebot . _______________________________________ Hello world. Despite what I would describe as ungodly temperatures and 3000% humidity in New York (that is an official statistic from the National Weather Association I swear)...
Tags: Spotify, Music, New York, Kim Kardashian, La, Fox, Pandora, Fergie, Norway, Music Business, Music Tech, Frank Ocean, LIV, Cortney Harding, Josh Constine, Hannah Jane Parkinson


Young people are so bad at voting – I'm disappointed in my peers | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Millennials had the lowest turnout in the EU vote – yet it’s our future at stake. Something must be done to make politics more accessible and engaging There’s a Henry Asquith quote inscribed on a square I often walk by: “Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.” A little later in life. It’s a wonderful idea. Retain the optimism and the energy; but keep it for when one has learned the consequences of actions (or non-action). Learned which things are worth worrying about an...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Eu Referendum, Young People, Hannah Jane Parkinson


Eleven women in adverts who are past their sell-by date | Hannah Jane Parkinson

You’ll know the stereotypes that need to go: women ecstatically feeding a family after shaving their hairless legs while having a blue periodUnilever, the firm responsible for brands such as Dove, Lynx and Magnum, has promised to shake up its , after a research project the company carried out found that just 3% of women in adverts are shown in professional, managerial jobs; 1% are shown as being funny and 2% intelligent.During the two-year research project, 90% of women Unilever spoke to felt t...
Tags: Gender, Media, Women, Advertising, Unilever, Life and style, L'oreal, Magnum, Hannah Jane Parkinson


Prince William may do more to beat homophobia than gay people with placards | Hannah Jane Parkinson

He’s a straight, white, male prince of many Commonwealth countries that have an LGBT problem. He might just change a few mindsEarlier this week I walked in the rain to Old Compton Street, the Soho heart of London’s LGBT scene. I joined thousands of people – including mainstream politicians – at a vigil for those slaughtered and injured in an Orlando club. A space supposed to be protected from attack. A space in which LGBT people were supposed to be free to love and live and drink cocktails with ...
Tags: London, Media, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Magazines, LGBT rights, Monarchy, Prince William, William, Orlando, Soho, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Old Compton Street


Why shouldn't Prince William stand up for gay rights? | Hannah Jane Parkinson

He’s a straight, white, male prince of many Commonwealth countries that have an LGBT problem. He might just change a few mindsEarlier this week I walked in the rain to Old Compton Street, the Soho heart of London’s LGBT scene. I joined thousands of people – including mainstream politicians – at a vigil for those slaughtered and injured in an Orlando club. A space supposed to be protected from attack. A space in which LGBT people were supposed to be free to love and live and drink cocktails with ...
Tags: London, Media, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Magazines, LGBT rights, Monarchy, Prince William, William, Orlando, Soho, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Old Compton Street


A note to Tom Hardy: James Bond is licensed for gigantic fees | Peter Bradshaw

The Legend actor would be perfect 007 material and, it’s definitely a well-paid gigWe are gearing up for Britain’s traditional summer of dullness, a period of apathy in which even the potentially interesting EU referendum is immersed in a treacle of torpor. Britain’s dull summer will continue with bad weather, national disappointment in various sports events, and climax with that outrageously uninteresting annual event: someone saying something allegedly controversial about TV while giving the M...
Tags: Film, Eu, UK News, Britain, Eu Referendum, Rural affairs, James Bond, Tony Blair, Gillian Anderson, Idris Elba, Daniel Craig, Edinburgh, Tom Hardy, Jeremy Corbyn, Peter Bradshaw, Hannah Jane Parkinson


Driverless cars. Will I need to take a test? | Hannah Jane Parkinson

If we believe Google, they’ll be here by 2020. But that won’t mean an end to the many hassles of motoringThere are plenty of things that I cannot do, or have not learned, that make me feel slightly inadequate as an adult human. I call a tiffin cake a rocky road. I mix colours in the wash. I do read the financial pages – but pull me close, and in the heat of the moment I probably couldn’t explain pension schemes to you. Related: Self-driving cars: who's building them and how do they work? Cont...
Tags: Google, Technology, US news, Motoring, Self-driving Cars, Hannah Jane Parkinson


Do driverless cars mean I’ll never need to take my driving test? | Hannah Jane Parkinson

If we believe Google, they’ll be here by 2020. But that won’t mean an end to the many hassles of motoringThere are plenty of things that I cannot do, or have not learned, that make me feel slightly inadequate as an adult human. I call a tiffin cake a rocky road. I mix colours in the wash. I do read the financial pages – but pull me close, and in the heat of the moment I probably couldn’t explain pension schemes to you. Related: Self-driving cars: who's building them and how do they work? Cont...
Tags: Google, Technology, US news, Motoring, Self-driving Cars, Hannah Jane Parkinson


Life hacks: apps that you shouldn't be without

Alex Hern told us about the apps that he relies on. Now Hannah Jane Parkinson shares the apps she uses every dayThis month my colleague Alex Hern listed the apps he can’t live without. Specifically, the apps that he uses to pretend that he is “a competent adult”. I sit opposite him daily, and I am reserving judgment on that one. (Just kidding, Alex! )Like Alex, I rely on Citymapper (when I’m not taking an Uber) and I am now trying out You Need A Budget. Because guys, I really need a budget. I am...
Tags: Iphone, Ios, Android, Apps, Technology, Citymapper, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Alex Hern


Beyond words: How language-like is emoji?

The decision by Oxford Dictionaries to select an emoji as the 2015 Word of the Year has led to incredulity in some quarters. Hannah Jane Parkinson, writing in The Guardian, and doubtless speaking for many, brands the decision ‘ridiculous’ — after all, an emoji is, self-evidently, not a word; so the wagging fingers seem to say. And indeed, the great English word is, for many, the most sacred cornerstone of ‘our magnificent bastard tongue’, as John McWhorter so aptly dubs the language of Shakespea...
Tags: Japan, New York, Communication, Language, Oxford, Linguistics, Oxford Dictionaries, 2015, Smith, Wesson, John McWhorter, ASL, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Dictionaries & Lexicography, *Featured, Digital Communication


Can Google Translate understand a Liverpool accent?

Google Translate helps us overcome the language barrier. But can it help our reporter with a Scouse accent? Hannah Jane Parkinson finds outI’m a big fan of travel. Travel is great – whether it is the Trans-Siberian railway or trekking in the Amazon. And from Citymapper to TripAdvisor, technology has made travel a lot easier.But perhaps my favourite travel aide is Google Translate. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, Google, Amazon, Technology, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Liverpool, Language, Tripadvisor, Citymapper, Hannah Jane Parkinson


Five steps to surviving the back-to-work blues | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Christmas has been and gone. The new year has arrived. The parties have stopped, the chocolate’s eaten and we’re all #backtowork. Here’s how to copeThe out of offices have been removed. Coffee is being drunk by the gallon. Colleagues have forgotten each other’s names, and it’s still weeks away from not being pitch black at the end of the working day. As many of us return to our day jobs after the festive period, here are some survival tips and hints. Continue reading...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, Society, UK News, Work-life balance, New Year, Hannah Jane Parkinson


The Guardian and Observer Christmas telethon – live

Armed with 16 phone lines, some famous faces and the dulcet tones of Bing Crosby, we’re blogging our way through 8 hours of the Christmas appeal telethon. • Phone 0203 353 4368 or click here to donate online• 2014 appeal: supporting mental health charities 4.02pm GMT Overheard in the newsroom:Caller: “And what do you write about?” 3.50pm GMT We know that you call our telethon to speak to your favourite journalists.But we also know you call to donate to some charities doing life-changing ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Africa, Mental Health, Guardian, Un, Bob, Santa, Sam, Mariah Carey, Alan Rusbridger, Christmas charity appeal 2014, Buddy, Lucy, Peter Andre, Ewen Macaskill


Seven tips for an out of office message

One of my good friends always has an out of office on. Mainly because she is travelling a lot with work but I am now used to receiving one every time I drop her a line. Hers are actually pretty good and matched with FB and Twitter updates I can generally work out if I […]
Tags: Holiday, Pr, The Guardian, Hannah Jane Parkinson, Out Of Office