Entertainment

Can mass media survive in the age of personal media? What gadgets will we watch future movies on? Can you make a living working in the metaverse? This page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of entertainment.

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https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6649163/scandal-essay-pop-star-ariana-grande-miley-cyrus-kanye-west-chris-brown-public-shaming-twitter
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Billboard
In July it was DonutGate, in which the 22-year-old chart-topper Ariana Grande was caught on a security camera at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, Calif., covertly licking a few pastries while loudly disparaging obese people and America to her new boyfriend, backup dancer Ricky Alvarez. Naturally the video went viral, spawning a gazillion posts and tweets, appearance cancellations and apologies (one
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https://soundcloud.com/a16z/vr-ar-iphone-moment-bigscreen
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a16z
Stream a16z Podcast: When Is VR's iPhone Moment? by a16z from desktop or your mobile device
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https://www.businessinsider.com/farm-bill-legalizes-hemp-boom-marijuana-cbd-industry-2018-12?r=US&amp%3BIR=T
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Business Insider
The newly-signed US Farm Bill legalizes hemp, a plant almost identical to marijuana and a prime source of the highly touted wellness ingredient CBD.
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https://www.wired.com/2015/05/future-pot-leave-pros-not-stoners/
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Wired
Innovative products and branding will command consumer dollars, says Brendan Kennedy, just as they do in any other legal business.
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http://fightland.vice.com/blog/what-will-heat-maps-and-motion-trackers-do-the-spirit-of-mma
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VICE
The cold era of statistical analysis in MMA is officially upon us.
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https://www.xda-developers.com/google-translate-offline-translations-machine-learning/
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XDA Developers
Today, the Google showed how Google Translate benefits from using on-device machine learning technology for offline translations.
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https://digiday.com/future-of-tv/general-atmosphere-ambient-dread-text-journalists-fear-great-pivot-to-video/
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Digiday
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https://www.businessinsider.com/marijuana-bigger-than-soda-according-to-analyst-2018-4
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Business Insider
Coca-Cola is in discussion to produce CBD beverages infused with CBD. Analysts at the investment bank Cowen say legal marijuana will hit $75 billion in sales by 2030 and will put pressure on alcohol sales.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-48552907
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BBC
How one BBC correspondent was locked out of China's top messaging app after posting photos.
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https://www.luxurysociety.com/en/articles/2019/06/the-future-of-influencer-marketing-is-in-china/
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Luxury Society
China’s influencer marketing industry is three to five years ahead of the rest of the world. The advanced functionality and integration of social media, e-commerce, and digital payment in China has enabled business models that are yet to be explored in other countries.
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https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jul/20/spotify-beats-1-red-bull-new-radio
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The Guardian
Spotify have announced two new shows with presenters. Is this an attempt to steal a march on Apples Beats1 and Red Bulls RBMA Radio  or is it the savviest way of guiding listeners round an endless landscape of music?
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http://sappingattention.blogspot.com/2014/12/fundamental-plot-arcs-seen-through.html
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Sapping Attention
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http://www.cmt.com/news/1780787/the-last-songwriter-depicts-fate-of-composers-in-the-digital-age/
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CMT News
Documentary Debuts and Takes Honor at Nashville Film Festival
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https://www.fastcompany.com/3051930/twitters-new-moments-tab-shows-you-the-best-of-twitter
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Fast Company
Moments, previously known as Project Lightning, is Twitter’s big plan to attract and hold on to new users.
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https://www.racked.com/2017/3/20/14882698/instagram-pods
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Racked
Like-minded Instagrammers are forming secret groups to drive up likes and pull in followers — but do they work?
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https://a16z.com/2020/05/31/16mins-section-230-communications-decency-act-content-moderation-free-speech-internet-past-present-future/
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Andreesen Horowitz
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has been in the headlines a lot recently, in the context of Twitter, the president's tweets, and an executive order put out by the White House just this week. So we break it all down -- what it is and isn't, its evolution, where platforms and content moderation comes in -- explaining nuances, debunking popular rhetoric, and more.
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https://www.niemanlab.org/2015/06/newsonomics-could-a-small-google-tech-change-mean-tens-of-millions-to-news-publishers/
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Nieman Lab
Whether they'd do it out of benevolence, fear of regulators, or the quest for a competitive advantage, Google could be of real service to the news industry and the broader cause of journalism. Here's how.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/business/publishing-books-errors.html
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The New York Times
Errors and controversies involving several high-profile books are forcing writers and publishers to reconsider how they handle fact-checking.
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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/decade-celebrity-gossip-tabloids-paparazzi-social-media
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Buzzfeed
In 2010, celebrities were beholden to swarms of paparazzi and the ever-present threat of TMZ. A decade later, they’re back in control.
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https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/08/27/seed-sale-unforeseen-speed-automation-pot-industry/#.tnw_R6hl59Nb
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The Next Web
When Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, few could have predicted the scale of the growth which would bloom across the industry. Legal marijuana sales in the US and Canada are now expe
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/csylt/2018/11/04/experience-economy-boosts-theme-park-spending-to-a-record-45-billion/#7e4ba2c229e4
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Forbes
Worldwide spending on theme parks surged by 5% to a record $44.8 billion last year driven by the increasing importance to consumers of posting photos on social media from fairytale locations.