Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 248
BL and David discuss China news agency’s artificial intelligence news anchors; Pete Davidson’s Saturday Night Live’s #NeverForget apology to Dan Crenshaw; in-theater augmented reality game for Ralph Breaks The Internet; Tim Berners-Lee’s new Contract for the Web; Bill Gates’ toilet reinvention project; Facebook Messenger’s Unsend button; video game horse poop physics; Chrome cracking skulls over abusive ads; the secret lives of Red Dead Redemption II non-player characters; Google My Business new features; MoviePass’ continuing messes; the story behind the Persistent Baby Bear viral video;…and much, much more.
Best Digital Cases
Pete Davidson apologized on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend to Dan Crenshaw, the former Navy SEAL and newly elected representative he mocked last week in a widely criticized “Weekend Update” segment.
Cinema Screen Augmented Reality Games
Promoting characters from Disney’s upcoming ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ the 30 second game is the latest in the cinema ad network’s embrace of pre-show AR.
Rampant online harassment and the spread of misinformation are ruining the web. A new campaign spearheaded by Tim Berners-Lee intends to change that.
- How the Inventor of the World Wide Web Plans to Rein In His Creation–and Google and Facebook Want to Help
- Contract For The Web
- Cluetrain Manifesto
- World Wide Web Foundation
Scatolotical Bill Gates
The Microsoft founder wants to rethink toilets.
— David Erickson (@derickson) November 6, 2018
Soon you can have Zuckerberg powers.
Horse Poop Physics
Rockstar Games knows equine defecation.
— Bryan Clark (@bryanclark) November 5, 2018
Chrome Blocks Abusive Ads
Google today announced Chrome is further cracking down on “abusive experiences” — buttons designed to intentionally mislead and trick users into taking action on the web.
- Chrome’s ad blocker will expand to sites with ‘abusive experiences’ in December
- Abusive Experiences Report
- Coalition For Better Ads
Secret Lives Of Red Dead Redemption Non-Player Characters
Following characters for a day.
Google My Business Updates
Here are two changes that happened in local search over the weekend.
Worst Digital Cases
Pass On MoviePass
An extension of BL and thousands of others’ continuing rant against MoviePass, which has stopped providing access to movies, but hasn’t stopped charging subscribers.
— (((B.L. Ochman))) (@whatsnext) November 5, 2018
Artificially Intelligent Anchors
But the agency’s new host isn’t any more sophisticated than a CGI puppet.
- China’s state-run press agency has created an ‘AI anchor’ to read the news
- Xinhua News Agency debuts AI anchors in partnership with search engine Sogou
The Persistent Baby Bear Cautionary Tale
What appears to be a life-affirming triumph is really a cautionary tale about drones and wildlife.
Shiny New Stuff
Free Vintage Images
From posters, baseball cards, and pets to Civil War pics, jazz greats and gridiron leatherheads.
- The Library of Congress Makes Thousands of Fabulous Photos, Posters & Images Free to Use & Reuse
- Free To Use & Reuse Sets
Netflix Chrome Extension
Lets you find hidden categories on Netflix.
Combines a variety of PDF tools into one place. All of these functions are completely free and don’t even need a credit card to sign into PDF Candy.
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