I did not realize how far video games had come in terms of complexity. This piece also reveals where open world gameplay systems still fall flat. Regardless, this sounds like a lot of fun to play. Maybe I'll have to get back into video games.
Would you rather pay for ~100 pieces of content every few months, chosen by out of touch execs (who, according to the Vulture expose, refuse to use email, watch TV, or use social media) OR help create and share ~1,000,000 pieces of content every hour, chosen by millions of people from all around the world?
Very interesting take on the power of crowds. Something that Trump gets. Something that AOC gets. Something that Biden doesn't seem to get. Something that is difficult, even impossible, to employ during a worldwide pandemic.
"...recognize that the human animal is hardwired to respond positively to crowds of other human animals responding positively … if you do not also recognize that sweeping, cinematic video of large crowds cheering for something heroically framed in the middle distance will motivate highly positive reactions in the far larger crowd that watches that video … well, you’re missing one of the most powerful drivers of social behavior.
Donald Trump gets this.
Half a million people watched a live stream of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing a video game with a small group of friends the other night.
Sorry, maybe you didn’t hear me ..
HALF A MILLION PEOPLE WATCHED AOC PLAY A VIDEO GAME THE OTHER NIGHT.
AOC gets this...
Joe Biden does not get this. At all.
What is this? This is the power of the crowd watching the crowd. This is why China still bans any mention of Tiananmen Square protests, now 30 years gone. This is why executions used to be held in public and why coronations and inaugurations still are. This is why sports are played in front of a live audience.
The power of the crowd watching the crowd starts revolutions and wars. It builds cathedrals and tears them down, too. The power of the crowd watching the crowd moves markets. The power of the crowd watching the crowd wins elections."
The very public fights between the news team and the opinion team have been worrying. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like it's approaching any sort of resolution.
"The Wall Street Journal is that rare thing in the media environment: a right-leaning outlet that does actual reporting. But its reporting is being squeezed on two fronts, its lack of pull in the digital world and the paper’s increasingly deranged Opinion section. In the case of the Hunter Biden story, its news side won a battle. But it might be losing the war."
"Neoliberal economic theory is based on a sociopath. Is it any wonder, then, that twenty-one percent of corporate CEOs are sociopaths?" This reading made me reconsider lots of "economic truths" that I took for granted.
From “vintage filters” to “Instagram face (the almond eyes, heart shaped face with almond eyes and wide cheekbones that is “distinctly white yet ambiguously ethnic”)” to “doing it for the ‘gram” to 'social justice' and of course, “influencers”. It is astonishing how much Instagram has shaped society in just ten years.
Interesting theory as to why Netflix is canceling shows more quickly now. "Earlier this year, the company announced that Ozark, one of its buzziest shows, was winding down with an elongated fourth season instead of marching on towards a fifth or sixth like a first-wave Netflix hit might have. "
Jordan is a politically moderate country and an important U.S. ally, and most Jordanians view America favorably. Young Jordanians listen to American music, eat at American fast food chains, and wear American brands. Many families, especially of Palestinian descent, have relatives living in the U.S. With this in mind, the continued prominence of Saddam Hussein may come as a surprise.