Slap

Maybe this is how Hollywood dies— not really with a bang but with a sort of confused whimper, pressed into a puddle by the weight of its own professed values. While the Academy Awards were watched by hardly anyone, most everyone has now heard about “The Slap.” Reactions and tweets were swift and plentiful, but… Read More Slap

Smelly-vision

Mad readers will probably be aware of the desire of Big Tech titans to see their virtual reality dreams comes true. We have written about the nascent “metaverse” and its attendant issues, but a Vermont start-up thinks what the digital world really needs is scent. The writer says “for virtual reality to feel like reality, it needs smell.”… Read More Smelly-vision

Unacceptable views

Musician Neil Young went to bat for what he believes telling Spotify to pick between hosting his music or Joe Rogan’s podcast. Young is upset that the streaming platform lets Rogan interview whomever he likes and is complicit in spreading the dreaded “Misinformation.” The head of the WHO thanked Young for standing up for science. But Spotify backed Rogan whose podcast has… Read More Unacceptable views

Before and after

There has been a not-too-subtle change in the officially accepted take on COVID-19 in the last couple of weeks. Ben Shapiro was one of those who documenting the flip-flopping in a Twitter thread.  After promising to “shut down the virus,” not the economy nor the county, President Biden conceded last week that there is “no federal solution” to the pandemic. It is… Read More Before and after