Online, ads are everywhere.
They bombard you when you try to read the news. They pop up between your friends’ Facebook updates. They’re disguised to look like regular results on Google. And one, maybe two play before every video you watch on YouTube — with more peppered throughout.
From the perspective of an internet user who is desperately trying to ignore, avoid, or block this constant deluge of ads — ads that have to get more and more intrusive in order to force us to pay attention to them — the power of the online advertising industry might appear unstoppable…
In 2006, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth seemed to finally rouse popular culture to the threat of climate change. It was shown to community groups, in schools, and even won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. Yet the film — and the host of “green” culture products it inspired — largely presented fighting climate change as a consumer-driven, individual pursuit. We were encouraged to recycle, replace light bulbs and appliances, make expensive renovations, and switch to renewable power.
Today, as uncontrollable fires ravage Australia and scientists warn we have until the end of the decade to radically transform our…
If you’ve listened to the musings of some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent visionaries, you might believe we’re headed toward a future with ubiquitous autonomous vehicles to shuttle us wherever we want to go.
No longer would we have to risk getting stuck in traffic, caught in the rain on our bikes, or running into serial killers on the subway — we’d all be closed off in our own pods that guide us to our destination as we sleep, watch a video, or get up to something steamy in the back.
Last week, Elon Musk unveiled his polarizing Cybertruck. I could say a lot on the design decisions and the implications of it, but I want to focus on a different angle that isn’t getting as much attention: the preorder process.
Musk prides himself and Tesla on being concerned about the environment. It’s a questionable assertion, but let’s take him at his word for a moment. If Tesla’s mission is really to create more sustainable transportation, does treating every new vehicle model like an iPhone release really move that goal forward?
For those of us who grew up swapping Pokémon with classmates and strategizing how to defeat bosses late into the night with friends, making video games is a dream job. But the reality of working in the industry is different. Careers in the video game industry can be very rewarding, but there’s also a dark side that’s finally getting the attention it deserves — and workers are organizing to change it.
For decades, corporate consolidation has been judged almost exclusively on whether it would raise prices for consumers, ignoring how the market power of massive conglomerates can have broader negative effects on society and the economy. That’s finally starting to change.
In the past year, the campaign to break up the tech giants has gained steam with support from Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and other progressive politicians. Two-thirds of Americans now support the proposal, recognizing that monopolistic control of digital platforms and services has negative implications for privacy and economic prosperity. …
Be warned: there are spoilers ahead.
Julian Fellowes’ aristocratic period drama is back. After a successful, five-season run, Downtown Abbey has moved to the big screen, bringing along its full cast of characters — both upstairs and down — as an unexpected announcement sends the typical wave of mild consternation through the great house. But as inequality is tearing British and American societies apart, a film that makes a point of celebrating hereditary privilege and wealth feels wildly out of place.
That doesn’t mean fans of the show won’t have things to look forward to. A letter from Buckingham Palace…
It’s no secret that the iPhone has been struggling. Since 2016, iPhone sales growth has fallen off a cliff, and revenue was down 12 percent year over year in the third quarter. Apple has been adjusting its strategy to make up for a stagnating iPhone, but that doesn’t mean it’s given up on the product that made it one of the largest public companies by market cap in the world.
Disney fans were overjoyed in 2015 when Disney and Sony announced they’d reached an agreement for Spider-Man to be rebooted and join Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The partnership generated billions in box office revenue for the studios, but last month they announced deal had been terminated — and fans were not happy.
Sony got the film rights to Spider-Man in 1998, but its Amazing Spider-Man films with Andrew Garfield struggled. To capitalize on Disney’s popular MCU, the two companies agreed Sony’s solo Spider-Man films would be co-produced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige with merchandising rights and five percent…
In the 1930s, the federal government surveyed 239 cities across the United States to create mortgage-lending risk maps, dividing the cities into four categories: green for the best areas, blue for areas that were “still desirable,” yellow for “declining” neighborhoods, and red to signify those that were most risky, which meant getting a mortgage was near impossible.
The racism of the time was built into these rankings, as neighborhoods condemned by their red designation “were predominantly made up of African Americans, as well as Catholics, Jews, and immigrants from Asia and southern Europe” — almost any groups that were not…