There’s little doubt that Cosmopolis comes across as odd. In a New Yorker review, John Updike commented on its lack of empathy, adding that “the trouble with a tale where anything can happen is that somehow nothing happens”. More savagely, Michiko Kakutani wrote in the New York Times that it was hokey and contrived, “a major dud, as lugubrious and heavy-handed as a bad Wim Wenders film, as dated as an old issue of Interview magazine”. (The 2011 film version by David Cronenberg was somewhat better received.) … [Read more...] about Reading Don Delillo’s ‘Cosmopolis’ during social and financial uncertainty
Now Beautify wants to help ease the economic effect of the crisis on artists and on city streets. It is taking its community-minded approach nationwide with a new campaign enlisting corporate brands to sponsor public artworks at $10,000 apiece. Called “Back to the Streets,” the effort goes “live” Friday on Beautify’s website, where artists, wall owners and sponsors can sign up directly. Its creators are aiming for 1,000 murals by 1,000 artists in 100 cities to be painted as neighborhoods begin to open up in the coming weeks and months. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Murals send a message of hope in grim times
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 28, 2020The new features are excellent news, particularly for social media professionals, who may have otherwise needed to log on to Twitter over the weekend to upload tweets. The two new features are already available to global audiences. … [Read more...] about Twitter now allows users to schedule tweets on web app
What if a platform suddenly has to attract and engage users based not on stoking and amplifying controversy, but by offering them something of real value? Rather than just existing as a place to complain, vent, and self-righteously judge others, successful platforms in the post-Section 230 world would have to give users more than a quick emotional jolt. Maybe it’s spiritual connection. Maybe it’s enhanced forms of remote learning. Maybe it’s providing medical care. Maybe it’s something we’ve never even thought of. This is the time to find out. … [Read more...] about Trump vs. Twitter: Is there a silver lining in the Section 230 fight?