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ESPN Reporter Allison Williams Steps Down From Role After Refusing Covid-19 Vaccine
"Allison williams woke at the vaccine. So she's no longer working sideline reporting for. Espn coming up this season. He was on a podcast where she said to say. I'm disappointed is probably a huge understatement. It's not been easy. But there are some things that are precluding me for being out there. And i'm gonna leave it at that. I love you guys when i can probably in a future episode and we can drive into whatever i can reveal as to why so. I'm super bombed. It's going to be a hard weekend for sure this weekend. But i can't wait to watch you to shine on the sidelines of your games. You'll be flipping through channels incessantly all day. I'll probably have to go get a sitter for my son or something. Because he's definitely going to have to get a knock any attention this weekend. Okay
Connecting the Dots Between Covid Vaccine Hesitancy and Conservative Media
"Here's something that stands out to me. When i consider the conservative media types and the way they regard cove in nineteen. It's just small and medium market host. Who are dying from ovid. Not the big shots. Not the ones with shows on fox. News fox has gone through so many chapters on kobe. Sometimes they seem to back off of the antibac- vaccine stuff or the the downplaying of it kind of thing. Sometimes they go much more in that direction. Early in the pandemic. They parted ways with trish. Reagan from fox business Because she was kind of casting doubt on this and of course early in the pandemic. i think it was reported. That tucker carlson you know went to like mar-a-lago i think it was an urge. Donald trump to like take it seriously and to urge people to take seriously and of course you know most of these house of in broadcasting remotely and fox has all kinds of requirements for their own offices so the there's also this kind of layer of of hypocrisy there of you know it's not what they're saying but if you watch what they're doing i it tells you the they're taking it more seriously on a personal level than what they're urging people to but of course we don't know if any of their big hosts are like tucker. Carlson has been skeptical of the code vaccine and certainly the government message on the kobe vaccine. You know the widespread encouragement for people to get the vaccine but we don't know if he's vaccinated or not and he said that's a personal question. The most ridiculous interview answer. I think i've heard is reporter. Asked him that and he was like well would be like me asking you about your sex life or something like it was some ridiculous comparison about whether the you know that this was personal and he wasn't going to say And so we don't know if any of these people are vaccinated. We don't know what they're doing to take precautions. We we know none of that kind of stuff. None of them have been open about it in a lot of ways. And that's a big difference between other walks of life. The people who are opposed to people have been very boldly. You know saying i'm not doing this. It's been a badge of honor. An you mentioned. Joe rogan as someone who is sort of said. Well if you're young you don't need this and those kinds of things who i think. View it as an admirable practicing what they preach kind of stand but the most of these leading conservative media practitioners have been fairly quiet On this
ABC News Rocked by Sexual Assault Accusations in Lawsuit
"Call Thursday that she has requested an independent investigation into how ABC has handled allegations of sexual assault against the former executive producer of Good Morning America. Comments came a day after a lawsuit was filed that alleged that the producer Michael Corn had sexually assaulted a current ABC News staffer and former staffer in separate incidents. Mm Mr Corn has denied. Any wrongdoing. Utah
ESPN Removes Rachel Nichols From NBA Programming, Cancels 'the Jump'
"Evening. ESPN is pulling Rachel Nichols off its NBA pro Granting. It follows The New York Times report last month. The detailed critical comments the nickels made about another on air personality, Maria Taylor, who is black. Nichols had sat on a hot mic. The Taylor was picked to host NBA finals coverage last year because ESPN quote felt pressure on diversity. Nichols had been an integral part of ESPN's NBA coverage since she returned to the network in 2016.
HBO Max 14 Months Later
"We've got kelsey sutton are streaming editor kelsey. Welcome back to the show. What an introduction. Thank you so much for having me. I'm so excited. To be bad. Kills he is such a joy to work with Every single day and also to have on the show and today we've got a really a fun topic a hyper specific content because for those who listen frequently or just pay attention to anything advocate covers or to your life as a modern human being streaming services obviously just exploded Over the past two years it went from just being the same old options of. Oh you got your net flicks in your hulu and your one or two other things. And then all the sudden it's like you have nine hundred options And we have had several episodes devoted to that into this explosion of streaming. And at the time we kind of asked what's to what's gonna settle out you know what are going to be the ones that end up being kind of required Required viewing and that you actually are worth your money each month and i feel like there's some consensus that. Hbo max has become one of those services shannon before we get to the experts What's your what's your take on. Hbo max so h backs hbo. Max set a little bit of a rocky start. But it's become one of the sort of like hubs of like hidden gems like that. You start that superlative net flicks. I felt but when it comes to just really nice nuggets of content. Hbo max has really a ton to offer. And they have you know the benefit of like a really robust ip. it's just nice to find these sort of like one off like romantic comedies and Kind of cringing comedies which tend to like fall pretty middle lane for me.
South Park Creators Pledge 14 New Films for Paramount+
"Good news. They're going to be making fourteen new south park movies. Brad tell us breath us. Yeah not only are getting fourteen newsouth part movies. But it's part of this big new overarching deal that trey parker and matt stone the creators of south park just strapped with mtv entertainment studios and viacom. Cbs because they're also Extending south park out through. It's a milestone thirtieth season and then the deal also includes these fourteen director streaming southbound spinoff movies that will be released exclusively on paramount plus. And this is a deal that is going to make parker and stone over nine hundred million dollars which is crazy I mean. I don't even gosh i nine hundred million dollars. I mean even split between the. It's still four hundred fifty million dollars and that's just it's crazy to me. That's a crazy amount of content to commit to the like rpm still like clamoring for south park at this point. I mean south park still has very loyal fans. It's you know there's a reason it's been around for this long. It's a staple of comedy central. It's the recent specials that they've done the vaccination special they did You know a previous special. They had as well. I think it was the holiday special. And so they've proven to be very popular still and it's just to show that stuck around for so long and people continue to watch it so it's you know it's one of those things where it's just a staple now of television essentially and it's gonna keep going as long as you know Viacom keeps ordering new seasons of
Maria Taylor Leaves ESPN after NBA Finals
"Her last assignment on ESPN was Tuesday's NBA Finals when the Milwaukee Bucks won the championship get history in the making history has been made. Taylor's departure comes weeks after the New York Times reported on tensions within the network over a white colleagues recorded comments that suggested Taylor may have gotten a more prominent role because she's black. Contract talks between Taylor and ESPN had also broken down more than once. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik joins us to talk more about this, David. So why is Maria Taylor leaving ESPN? Well, you certainly got to say it's because of the money they were millions of dollars apart. She had wanted something like eight million last year, which is in line with some of their highest paid figures. Last year, they offered five And after the pandemic it they really were wiped out for the year asking for major host to give money back to the network This year, they're offering about three million still about tripling of her salary, but not what she wanted. There's important background, though. Rachel Nichols is a notable reporter and host at the network who herself White was caught on the effectively a hot mic a year ago, saying that while she wanted diversity at ESPN, she sure didn't want those gains to come at her expense. And suggested that Taylor was promoted to be an NBA countdown host over nickels because of race. Here's a clip of what she said that was posted by The New York Times would you need To give her more things to do because you're feeling pressure about your like, crappy, long time record university, which, by the way I myself let know personally from the came outside of it like Go for it, just, you know, find it somewhere else, like they're not going to find it with me and taking my family Nichols. They're referring to it as her thing as though somehow Taylor wasn't deserving a lot of folks network think Taylor's tremendous talent. That was circulated within an ESPN last year and caused a real ruckus, particularly among African American colleagues, and then once more rupture when it was reported earlier this summer by The New York Times. How did ESPN handle the fallout? Rachel Nichols remarks
Video Games Coming to Netflix
"Ready for this? Okay, So Netflix is said to debut video games within the next year. Uh, yeah. Yeah, I know, right? I was gonna put this in Good idea, Betty, but it's such a good idea to even give that chance right. They're going to appear alongside your current film and TV options as a genre, so you'll have movies, TV shows video games and you can swipe through. The same way you do with films documentaries on Netflix Page Right now, they're not planning to charge extra for video game content, So it's not like they're going to throw video games on their go. Well, now Netflix is $20 a month. Yeah, so this I mean, this changes the game for everything. Yeah, 100% of what they they make available, right? Yeah, I think if you they get so like for there's like, Xbox and PlayStation, right, you can pay like monthly passes where you can, like pretty much stream any game. You won right? Um, but you got to be a gamer like, you know, I mean, you gotta be like into it to pay 25 whatever it is mine, but Netflix, it's already included. Or maybe it's just a little add on bonus and you're like, Oh, there's the new mad, And so there is the new call of duty, right makes it super easy. The next guy in time
All Universal Films Coming to Peacock Starting in 2022
"A new multi. Year deal we'll see peacock get movies from universal dreamworks elimination and focus films. No later than four months after their theatrical premiere streaming the films exclusively for the first four months as well as the last four months of the traditional eighteen month pay one window with the film's heading to other services for ten months in between the deal starts in two thousand twenty two and we'll also see universal produce exclusive releases for peacock
ESPN Takes Nichols off NBA Finals Duty After Leaked Comments
"Sideline reporter won't be covering the NBA Finals. Rachel Nichols was pulled from a B C s coverage after her comments about ESPN and diversity went viral. She said a fellow reporter was getting more assignments because she's black Nichols a sense apologized and was replaced for the series. The Phoenix Suns took Game one last night, beating the Milwaukee Bucks. 1 18 to 1 Oh, five. Game two is
Summer Movie Season Roars Back, From Action-Packed Blockbusters to Biopics
"For anyone who lives in an area where theaters are opening up again. Are there actually any big movies out this weekend. Yeah there's not one but two movies in theaters too big blockbuster style temple movies. There's going to be Both of which were delayed multiple times on cruella from disney. It's one of their like live action. Remakes this one of one hundred and one asians that's going to be out. And then also the sequel to a quiet place acquire. Please part two is going to be in theaters as well. So if people are interested in going to the movies during this holiday weekend they actually have things to choose from other signs. That people are actually excited to go back to cinemas again. Yeah we're starting to see some encouraging signs especially in the us as vaccinations have ramped up. We've started to see the box office. Show some signs of life. So i think the biggest hint that people were feeling comfortable and excited about going back. Years was over the easter weekend. When godzilla vs kong came out you know overall that weekend the box office. The us boxoffice did about five hundred million dollars. That's like still half. What did two years ago before the pandemic when it was just a normal easter weekend but it was still really surprising result for this movie especially when you consider that godzilla vs kong was also available to stream the same exact time. It came out the same day as theaters on. Hbo max so long as you had a subscription to it. So i think like. I think that's really started to show that elitist for movies. Where like one of these tentpole movies special effects that going to the theater and seeing it in a darkened cinema with all the southbound and audience. The people are showing signs at the really interested to get back to that feeling.
Amazon to Buy MGM
"In other news online. Shopping giant amazon is buying film and tv studio mgm with the hopes of filling its video streaming service with more content. Mgm is behind such notable film franchises as james bond rocky the pink panther and legally blonde on the tv side gm's recent productions include reality staples shark tank and the real housewives of beverly hills. Amazon is paying about eight and a half billion dollars for. Mgm making it. The company's second largest acquisition it bought grocery store chain whole foods. Nearly fourteen billion dollars in two thousand seventeen. The deal is the latest in the media. Entertainment industry aimed at boosting streaming services to compete against net flicks and disney
Stephen Colbert Says He's Going Back Before Live Audiences
"CBS announcing this morning, The Stephen Colbert's Late Night Show will return to doing live episodes with vaccinated audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York starting June. 14th. The show produced 205 episodes without a live audience in more than a year. Because of the pandemic audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination before they're allowed in face. Mass will be optional. Staff and crew members will be tested before coming back to work and monitored regularly for signs of symptoms. Wilbur did his first remote show march 16th of last year and you might recall he did a monologue tape from his bathtub at home that the show has been done from the offices at his home theater
NBC Will Not Telecast the Golden Globes Next Year
"But well, not for the gongs. They're giving out. The American TV network. NBC has announced it won't Broadcast next year's awards On Sunday, the actor Scarlett Johansson called for a form of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. They have the organizer's piney awards. Which has been criticized for lack of diversity there. Second, of course, only to the Oscars. In terms of profile. Let's get an update from K. J. Matthews Entertainment journalist based in Los Angeles. Welcome to the show KJ. So we've had Scott, You're Hanson as saying. We need to reform these awards on now. NBC says it won't broadcast The awards next year. So what reason are they giving? Basically, they're saying that these changes are a long time coming and they're not good enough. I don't feel recall. But right around the time that the Oscars aired in February, there was a major investigative piece that came out that basically stated that look, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has more than 80 members, and not one of them are black. In addition to that, they pay their members often times to appear in various junkets and other events, and it seems like it. Was coming across is it was allegedly unethical, So there was a lot of things that needed to change and need to be addressed. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Association even acknowledged during the Golden Globes broadcast that they were going to change things. However, what they wanted to do was make those changes over. Ah, year and a half, And when a lot of people heard about that, including the studios, the public relations agencies that represent a lot of these stars, they said, you know, oftentimes. And what happens in Hollywood is when you delay change. That means no change. And so they were very, very concerned about whether or not this organization was taking their concerns very seriously. And so they urge them to do better. And so you had the time's up organization getting involved, saying this isn't good enough. And now you even have Tom Cruise returning three of the Golden Globes that he's won. So I think they get
Fake News in Digital Journalism
"Marcus if i could start with you you wrote after the fact the truth about fake news which is about the circulation of fake news within this environment. Could you talk about that a little bit. Please well. I tried to take a kind of slightly provocative approach to the idea of fake news because the book is motivated by some of the problems i found in the ways that the problems of misinformation and disinformation are talked about and the rather selective way in which we talk about this province which is rather blind to the overall ways in which we can be misinformed by kind of cultural and ideological processes. Well as by much more narrow and specific forms of whether invest into deliberate factual inaccuracy. I suppose part of that is in considering the relationship between journalism and kind of neo liberal tables value in government policy and so forth and the way that that question has not really been engaged with enough so as part of that overall inquiry one of the things i wanted to actually look at the journalism industry which is an inside job involved in preparing graduates to enter for the last twelve thirteen years as as an economic and something. I've worked in as well and throughout that time. That's been i suppose a slight disappointment. Because there's always been this sense of incredible potential and i really believe in the value of what great journalists do and yet as positive to overrule perhaps cultural complacency we have around the kind of slide into neoliberalism has occurred in the last kind of fatty for two years A lot of the things that we say we want journalism to do. Haven't really occurred in in in terms of challenging and trying to arrest or reverse that slide. We started to use a certain point. A word a lot began to trouble me which was content this content creating content over time and i felt that this is emphasizing. The wrong part of what we're doing
Apple Leads the Next Chapter of Podcasting With Apple Podcasts Subscriptions
"Apple is launching a new podcast subscriptions seven. It is about an. Is fourteen announcement. It's called the apple. Podcast program has always been named stuff so of Anelka podcast as a tool that the need to create premium subscription cost and sade apple podcasts. And you can have to pay twenty dollars a year fill-up privilege. I have a question that of this because we've spoken about subscribe to only podcast over. Broadcaster are part of a subscription light. New statesman's not cast before. Why is that nurse. Wise not necessarily like a different thing than just a platform. it's the platforms that doing it. I think the point is the the they'll make it easier to do so people who are used to joust uploading their staff stop to apple will ever of no go at this revenue option as part of that process but this this complicates distribution. Doesn't it because if for example we have to locate launching a subscriber. Podcast at the moment. We've got the choices spotify or apple but listeners within half to go to the platform that we should really sat beside on which at the moment our listeners can probably this on a huge variety of platforms whereas it feels like love. The kind of company is a platform play. Where the platforms the safe. Release these tools as apart for podcast is will release their exclusive sits here and people have to have to hot hopscotch. Final results than anywhere. The two things there one the probably don't listen on a range of platforms. They probably have less nuns. Ninety percent of them probably less knows both by oil apple but the other thing is spot. Feis program doesn't mean you have to less known spotify. That's the point.
Spotify Is Not Going to Kill Podcasting
"I worked at megaphone so full disclosure they are. I left before the deal. So i left in august so twenty twenty And it was really important to me to come to provide my view on it and highlight some of the other people in the space that we're talking about it and i called out j. Richmond of spotify Nick quad hot pod. And ashley carman of the verge with their views on it but specifically nick i really liked for off your lesser spotify pig drawing up butcher pig as spotify and all the different parts of it but i wanted to dig in because you had some really interesting points of view coming from a little bit of a different angle. Now everything i do is add tech focus right a lot of what i'm doing is about the people who are already in the space already working with these tools trying to improve their skill and set to become decision makers or their decision makers and become better informed. And it's very easy for me to forget about the people who are trying to enter the space from the creative side of the production side or the people that that are starting off without getting a paycheck from it. So why don't we dig in a little bit and if you can kinda sum up your view on spotify by megaphone. Maybe we can walk through that and like who. Your view is for right. Okay so i would self identifies sort of mao the pessimist in this space. Because i think there are a lot of people who evangelize podcasts and podcasting and feel like it's going to the next big things you know. We hit that every month. The last fifteen years and i've always been a little bit more depressive. An someone who feels like there is a carnivorous appetite within certain big conglomerates and corporations to take away the magic that is podcasting all the dream. That was podcasting. As i often say
Dr. Jean-Christophe Plantin Discusses Digital Media Infrastructures and Tech Platforms
"Let me turn it over to dr zone. Christoph plantain again. He's an associate professor in the department of media and communications at the doctor plantain. Thanks so much for taking the time out and welcome to the social media and politics podcast. Thanks for having me really happy to be here so to start out here. Why don't we break down a few of the key concepts that you've been developing in your research and the first one i'd like to discuss is media infrastructures which draws attention to this interplay between digital platforms. Which is kind of the services that we're all familiar with and the physical infrastructures that make those platforms work. And i think. Maybe we're not all familiar with those. So could you outline the concept of media infrastructures for us and why we should even be thinking about media infrastructures in the first place. Absolutely yeah you allow me to be a little idiosyncratic and just tell me a little bit how. I came to these concept. Maybe that would. That would be helpful just because this is a history that i guess we'll be telling on how we can put these different concepts together. My background is in a media. Medication studies and i worked a lot since my phd. On the concept of blood. I worked lots a studied. Participatory mapping google maps. Open street map and we are here. Yeah mid-2000s is still the whip. Two point zero seeking pretty strong and the type of scholarship at the time. Emphasizes the participatory nature off these pot for allowing people to post more easily to create to engage in activism or creative practices. so that was my standpoint. that's what i really started with A post doctoral fellowship at university of michigan and with my colleagues where i became much more more familiar with the concept of infrastructure. I worked a lot with polite words. Carla goes the christian. Send vague and these folks are much more on the stf side of these topics of the study of technolog- and the where of course talking about and they were talking about large distribution systems. They're put together via standards and gateways in these type of things but what was super interesting when we started working together and focusing more on the facebook and google's of the world. Is that what. I was describing. As platform there were describing as infrastructure.
Steve Wilson from QCode Media
"We should do is just let steve tells about q code beginning and then we'll drag him back to premium podcasting topic. So why don't you give us the four one one on what you're doing over your code. What will share. Thanks guys So yeah i code I'm chief strategy. Officer code really specializes in immersive scripted. Fiction podcast so these are fully sound design scripted shows that often have you know amazing stories ayla celebrity talent and are produced in a really high technical level We mix master at dolby. Atmos and do some really cool things in the audio for listeners. Who haven't experienced fiction before these are shows that kind of hearkens back to the old radio days You know war. The world's is an apt analogy to what people are familiar with. But rather than using the sort of old techniques of production coconuts and wash words and those kinds of things. These are producer really high level and an amazing listening experience. Something that really is a great addition to everyone's like diverse podcast listening experience actions in trying to do something a little bit different. You know prior to joining code. I spent a long time at apple. where i did editorial partner relations and marketing on apple podcasts. Before that i actually still worked in podcasts but in apple's education group where i worked on. It jew which was a you know an educational podcasting platform with college courses and lectures and those kinds of things as well. That's all been folded into the apple. Podcasts platform now that the whole educational side. I mean how important i- i'm just curious. How important is the educational side to to apple. As far as working with the universities. I know back then. They're working pretty closely with like stanford and a lot of the big big colleges. Is that still going on you. Know yeah i mean look. I wanted to obviously be really careful and all of our conversation to make it clear like i'm not. I'm not speaking on apple behalf. And so i ask How important is it. It's it's hard for me. Sort of provide that kind of answer. But you know what. I would just say as you know what was exciting about. It you in the project that they had there it was. It was a project that really saw the opportunity and mobile learning the very early days. So this this project started back in two thousand and six. I wanna say it was not too long after podcasting itself really started and it was the result of you know apple and duke university thinking about how the ipod the original ipod could be used in mobile learning.
Netflix Finally Rolls out Its Shuffle Play Feature
"A new feature called Play something It will allow you to shuffle through suggested movies and TV shows. Subscribers were shown a film or a show that was picked based on the Netflix algorithm. If it doesn't look interesting, you can click play something else and get a new recommendation. Netflix rolling out the features for TV's first and then we'll start testing for mobile devices.
How Capital Invents Staffing Crises to Bust Unions and Depress Wages
"Every few weeks it seems we hear about some essential industry suffering from a critical quote unquote labor shortage. Nurses truck drivers software engineer teacher. Construction according to corporate trae groups and their media mouthpieces these industries simply can't find trained workers to fill their ranks but a closer examination of claims of worker shortages reveals that there's very rarely an actual labor shortage at all what there is however time and again is a pay shortage. Industry is not wanting to provide adequate compensation or safe work conditions for the available labor force. That is perfectly willing and ready to work instead of a worker shortage. There's a not hyper liquidity in the labor market problem for capital the perfectly capable and trained workers that industries do have easily replaceable. Potentially or already unionized and making demands of capital that those industries simply don't like in an effort to increase the labor pool and thus give capital more leverage over existing workers corporate lobbying groups constantly whine about labor shortages knowing the media. Will mindlessly repeat. These claims without any skepticism are evidence to increase recruiting of new potential employees promote legislation that loosens licensing or health and safety standards and reinforces media. Ready means that. American workers are lazy and greedy. Pr extra capital routinely evoked the spectacle of worker shortages knowing full weather claims will be unquestionably repeated by american media. Who never bothered. Ask why they're reporting on the same suppose labor shortages every year for the past thirty years later on the episode we'll be joined by kevin cashman senior associate at the center for economic and policy research. It's a lot easier denies people and say well you know you should be taking this job instead of taking unemployment you know. We should have unemployment amount. That's adequate for everybody. And then we should have employers that are paying wages that incorporate all the requirements of the
News Companies $38 Billion Better Off Since Pandemic
"The. Us case largest publicly listed news companies are now worth thirty eight billion dollars more than they were before the covid nineteen pandemic. this is golden system research from present. Which found that newscorp new times thompson reuters daily mail polish. The mt and the mirror group owner reach are among those companies have seen that stock market values increase since the end of two thousand nineteen important to know not every media organization has whether this as well include yes they include adver instance i tv which has seen a reduction in its Share price as a result of catastrophic. Drop in tv appetizing. Outspent butts six. They claim will sixteen of the news and information companies examined for the research have recovered from the depths of the corona virus crisis so we have spoken at length about organizations like the f. t. and the mit about why those guys have weathered the pandemic seriously well. Are you surprised that it seems to be assaultive across the board thing for every single one of the companies. They looked up. And this is a thing. The surprise me when i first read that. Actually when you think about it isn't surprising that the ads poice by this massive comeback this year. And you've got all these digital businesses that were re already hit by Got decline over the last like five ten years that ashley suddenly like having all these i think it's like travel alcohol rule these companies that have wasting everything to open over the summer this throwing like a years worth of marketing budget at digital media companies must been spend. I thought my point people may spend money but no one's been responding to advertise in the sense that you will ties to all of the law. How are you going to do Yes it by a car. Well so the traditional arabic ad spend is the. I'll just haven't been able to spend all wanted to spend
Did the Pandemic Kill the Oscars?
"There is a lot of pre anguish about. What's going to happen during the academy awards and the conventional wisdom is that the audience will not show up and maybe we'll be half of what was last year. Maybe less than that people are talking about. Ten million people watching. It'd be an time low by fifty percent or more first of all eliza. Are you paying attention to this. Sort of industries. Fears about the telecast itself leaving aside the movies is this something that's on your mind. Yeah i mean it has been for years. The viewership has been dropping for years On all live tv events even the super bowl which typically is the one that pulls in viewers is dropping. So there's been a lot of hand wringing in a lot of attempts to re engineer this the show in ways that will get people to watch it because they're interested like they tried to introduce a best popular picture category. That didn't really get off the ground thinking that people were gonna watch that happy years ago. Right that's back to lord of the rings time no it. Two years ago they expanded the category. That was that was the chance to give laura chance to get an award and it was largely because the dark knight didn't manage to get nominated for best picture so they know they expanded that to give it ten slots that was an attempt to do the same thing in that was ten years ago. So now we're in a position where people still aren't watching. They realized that like host don't really bring people in presenters. Don't really bring people in the movies themselves. Don't really bring people in. And i keep thinking i can't imagine why anyone would watch it live. I don't watch anything live anymore. You can watch the good stuff the next day or just watch it. Go by on twitter and watch whatever it is. You would rather be seeing on netflix or something. So you know this year's awards shows have been really really low in viewership. And i would not be surprised if the oscars are the same way although they are trying to intrigue us to make us feel like this might be different. Maybe it'll be worth watching people also arguably had the chance to watch all the best picture nominees this year in a way that they didn't in the past since they've all been digital so there is a chance that more people might be interested in those movies but i think we'll still see a drop off and in my view if they really are worried about viewership for the oscars they're just going to have to rethink the whole
The 80-Year PR Campaign That Killed Universal Healthcare
"Despite the fact that every other wealthy country has some type of universal healthcare system. The united states of america stands alone in the world as the only one that doesn't with over one hundred and seventy million of its citizens left to fend for themselves in a sprawling complex maze of medicare medicaid private insurance tax credits childcare subsidies copays deductibles and cost sharing. Americans have not only the largest uninsured population but also the most expensive system on earth per capita way. Americans don't have a universal. Healthcare system has historically been explained away with the reductions mix of pathologising and circular reasoning. America hates big government. We love choice. Americans distrust anything that reeks of socialism. And while this is true in some limited sense it avoids the bigger question of. Why has america's so-called democracy rejected the numerous proposals to enact a single payer or other forms of universal healthcare now while there may be some innate protestant work ethic rugged individual cultural reasons. There's also been a decades long multimillion dollar campaign funded by big business pharmaceutical and hospital industry interests and the insurance industry to convince the american public to reject universal public healthcare. Indeed if americans were somehow intractable opposed to the notion if they were to reject socialized medicine. These forces would never have had to spend so much money in the first place on today's episode. We went to explore the almost century long campaign by capital to convince you not to support universal health programs how these campaigns have fear mongering against communist immigrants and african americans who benefits from a precarious employer controlled healthcare insurance system and how the propaganda war on the american mind on. This most important of issues is anything but over
MEL Magazine to Stop Publishing After Mass Layoffs From Owner Dollar Shave Club
"The main story which is focused on is the fact that Mal magazine has been funded by ohad rather been funded by dollarshaveclub since its launch in twenty fifteen butts on the twenty or god. When was it now. The announced that she was going to an end turn his sixth of much rights as was result. Tweet wasn't a tweet was was that twenty. Three staff has been left without jobs. So what does this mean. Does this anything about the wind branded content model or is this just a blip in terms of both malam magazine. And how we're gonna fill magazines. What is fundament. What's going here is fundamental to the brand to the brenda content model because the core and not from editor in chief. Just show mayer. He says let me put it this way. I don't think as aggregrate to have a single source of funding. Every every day of the company was praying sustainable. For me we part of the core dollarshaveclub business announce excite with a point. That's why you know. The print magazines that the matches company stopped all of these things. They're the male ceos whose funding will there. They're marketing channel effectively. And you know we've seen a particular last year we've seen so many marketing channels and platforms just kind of get excised from plans so to the point. That magazine was integral to dull shaped walls as a kind of you know obscure marketing channel. The i i didn't notice soon as it turns out. They didn't actually have the opportunity they weren't given the opportunity to fulfil they could have done it monetization cause remember thinking. Pt spoke to josh a couple months ago. And i remember listening to entering. Just thinking does a lot that they could be doing. Hasn't monetization head. The dollar shave dancing to be interested in pushing and that's great menendez's perspective and they got the chance to develop really restore voice without any financial pressure but the end of the let don't shape never gave the chance to really mayton self-sustainable