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Before Beauty Vlogging, There Were Renaissance ‘Books of Secrets’

Before Beauty Vlogging, There Were Renaissance ‘Books of Secrets’

History Media

So-called Books of Secrets were a new and wildly-popular literary genre during the Italian Renaissance. Written in vernacular Italian, they instructed an increasingly literate public in the pursuit of alchemy, making secrets previously circulated in Latin manuscripts amongst the educated elite more broadly accessible.

Deepfake Video: The Weaponization Of Fake News

Deepfake Video: The Weaponization Of Fake News

Media Politics Tech Videos

The technology to manipulate video has become so sophisticated that words can literally be put into people’s mouths. Mark Kelley explores how it’s done and why the implications have led the U.S. Defence Department to work to protect itself against the “weaponization” of fake news.

Life And Struggle After YouTube Fame

Life And Struggle After YouTube Fame

Apps Media Videos

Dax Flame was only 15 when he became YouTube royalty – his channel was among the top 20 most subscribed in the early years of the site. But 13 years later, his fortunes have changed – he’s working as a waiter and trying to scrape together money just to get by.

The Secret Of Scooby-doo’s Enduring Appeal

The Secret Of Scooby-doo’s Enduring Appeal

Media

Why has Scooby-Doo—described by the New York Times film critic A. O. Scott in 2002 as “one of the cheapest, least original products of modern American juvenile culture”—outlasted not only such Hanna-Barbera brethren as The Flintstones and Yogi Bear, but also pretty much everything else on television?

AR For The Naked Eye Transforms Outdoor Advertising

AR For The Naked Eye Transforms Outdoor Advertising

Innovation Media

London-based media technology startup Lightvert has created a new method for using unexpected and unusual locations. Lightvert’s ECHO technology projects images into the air. Moreover, the images are particular to that location and cannot be seen even a few feet away from the optimal viewing position.

DrDrunkenstein’s Reign Of Terror

DrDrunkenstein’s Reign Of Terror

Media

“DrDrunkenstein” is one of many aliases Magnus Carlsen has played under when he went on a killing spree across the speed chess tournaments of the internet. Carlsen has taken to livestreaming his games on a variety of platforms, which has provided a surprisingly entertaining window into the mind of an all-time great.

Virginia Mori

Inspiration
Virginia Mori
Carlsberg Beer, Niels Bohr, And The Infinite Pilsner Pipeline That Wasn’t

Carlsberg Beer, Niels Bohr, And The Infinite Pilsner Pipeline That Wasn’t

Food Media

Carlsberg gifted Niels Bohr, the famous Danish physicist, a home complete with a pipeline that pumped fresh beer directly into his residence. It’s a great story and one that has been reported on by publications such as Forbes and The Guardian. The only problem with the story is that it isn’t entirely true.

The True History Behind 'The Plot Against America'

The True History Behind 'The Plot Against America'

History Media Politics

Philip Roth’s classic novel, newly adapted by HBO, envisions a world in which Charles Lindbergh wins the 1940 presidential election. Roth’s account of a celebrity-turned-politician winning the presidency on a platform of fearmongering and “othering” proved more prophetic than he could have predicted.

How A Long-lost Indian Disco Record Won Over Crate Diggers And Cracked The YouTube Algorithm

How A Long-lost Indian Disco Record Won Over Crate Diggers And Cracked The YouTube Algorithm

Media Tech

1982’s Disco Jazz has been reissued. “Aaj Shanibar,” one of its four tracks, has also started to spread through the strange rabbithole that is YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. With the benefit of time and technology, “lost” songs reach a new generation of listeners halfway around the world.

Is Quibi A Good Idea?

Is Quibi A Good Idea?

Apps Media

Quibi, short for “quick bites,” which promises lots of celebrity-led programming in snack-sized doses. The service has grabbed headlines and snagged investments from Disney and Alibaba. But, is Quibi… good? Will it work?

The Godfather Of Fake News

The Godfather Of Fake News

Apps Long Reads Media

Once his stories go viral, the Facebook comments burst forth. And that’s when Christopher Blair the fake news writer becomes Christopher Blair the crusading left-wing troll. It’s then that he starts on the offensive. The faker becomes the exposer, weeding out and reporting the most extreme users among his fans.

The Danger Of Befriending Celebrities

The Danger Of Befriending Celebrities

Life Media

Meryl Streep doesn’t call me every week to go bowling. In fact, she doesn’t call me at all. And that’s a good thing. I honestly can’t recommend becoming friends with celebrities, especially if you’re a long-running journalist like I am. It simply will not lead to a Hollywood ending.

A Shocking Campaign Uses Graphic Images To Point Out The Damage That Plastic Pollution Has On The Ocean’s Wildlife

A Shocking Campaign Uses Graphic Images To Point Out The Damage That Plastic Pollution Has On The Ocean’s Wildlife

Art Media Nature

A simple plastic bag seems harmless, but it can represent extreme suffering – and even death. Depicting this unfortunate truth through strong images, Sea Shepherd, an NGO focused on the conservation of marine wildlife, is launching a plastic awareness campaign.

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Long Reads Media

It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. If there is one thing on which virtually everyone is agreed, it is that the news and information we receive is biased. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the ‘real’ facts – and now we can’t stop fighting about it.

Matt Rota

Inspiration
Matt Rota
The Secret History Of Page Six

The Secret History Of Page Six

Long Reads Media

For more than four decades, Page Six has ruled the world of gossip about the famous and powerful. In an era when celebrities control the narrative and “power” is a dirty word, can it survive?

The Rise And Fall Of Facts

The Rise And Fall Of Facts

History Media Politics

Because fact-checking these days is primarily the domain of legacy print publications, it retains that sheen of legitimacy and seriousness. To fact check is to assure readers, writers, and editors that great care is being taken.

"No Other Way To Say It", A Comedy About Advertising

"No Other Way To Say It", A Comedy About Advertising

Media Videos

Director Tim Mason pulls the curtain back on the glamorous world of advertising in this short comedy about a voiceover actor trying to nail the right tone for a pair of indecisive ad creatives selling a fictitious children’s ice cream brand.

Coldplay Sneaks Ads In Local Papers To Promote New Album

Coldplay Sneaks Ads In Local Papers To Promote New Album

Media

The band ditched a mega campaign in favor of fan letters and ads in the classified section of newspapers in Devon, North Wales, Sydney and more. Guitarist Jonny Buckland worked at the North Wales Daily Post – the newspaper of choice for this campaign.

How Instagram Killed The It Girl

How Instagram Killed The It Girl

Apps Life Media

In a world of constant self-surveillance and curation, we may never see the Parises, the Nicoles, the Taras in the way we once did. The It Girl exists within the moral grey areas of life, but with the existence of social media, such grey areas no longer exist for her to live in – everything is now black and white, good or bad.

McHive, The World’s Smallest McDonald’s For Bees

McHive, The World’s Smallest McDonald’s For Bees

Food Media Videos

Some of McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden have beehives on their rooftops. The initiative started out locally but is now growing. To celebrate the initiative which is part of McDonald’s Swedens sustainability work, they created what could be the world’s smallest McDonald’s – a fully functioning beehive.

Mister Rogers Had A Simple Set Of Rules For Talking To Children

Mister Rogers Had A Simple Set Of Rules For Talking To Children

Life Media

The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language. He insisted that every word be scrutinized closely, because he knew that children—the preschool-age boys and girls who made up the core of his audience—tend to hear things literally.

Joseph Ford

Inspiration
Joseph Ford
What Comes After TV?

What Comes After TV?

Innovation Media Tech

A mobile-storytelling platform called Quibi has loomed on the content horizon, promising that, when its app launches this spring, it will be a home to a huge library of short-form shows made specifically for your phone. But Snapchat has been operating in that space for years. It’s harder than you’d think.

War Propaganda: How To Get A Country To Go To War

War Propaganda: How To Get A Country To Go To War

Media Videos

The war propaganda function in the United States is finely tuned. It’s sophisticated and most of all it blends into the media terrain. While the names of the countries changed, and of course each circumstance was different, there were some parallels that cried out for examination.

The Literary Influences Of Superstar Musician David Bowie

The Literary Influences Of Superstar Musician David Bowie

Media

David Bowie was more than a multi-platinum rock and roller. He was also one of the more literate composers in the business. In conjunction with a career retrospective in 2013 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Bowie issued a list of the one hundred books he considered the most important and influential.

Behind The Scenes At Rotten Tomatoes

Behind The Scenes At Rotten Tomatoes

Long Reads Media Tech

Humans, not algorithms, determine those ubiquitous scores. The Tomato­meter is run by a team of “curators” who read just about every known review from a gigantic pool of approved critics, then decide if each is positive or negative. Once a movie has five reviews, it is Tomatometer-eligible.

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Cities Innovation Media

An unusual billboard was recently set up at a crosswalk in France to promote pedestrian safety. Whenever a pedestrian was detected crossing while the “red man” light was on, the billboard would emit a loud tire screeching sound. A camera built into the billboard would then capture the terrified face of the jaywalker.

Russian Startup Wants To Put Huge Ads In Space

Russian Startup Wants To Put Huge Ads In Space

Innovation Media Nature

The first of StartRocket’s space-based ads could go up by 2021. The ads — a bit like skytyping, only in low-Earth orbit rather than in the atmosphere — would be visible only at night but could be seen from just about anywhere on the planet.

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