Glamour: This Necessary New Site Helps You Avoid TV and Movies Tainted by Creeps. “It’s a new world out there and one that can be tough to navigate, especially if you’re wary of supporting art that’s now tarnished by the horrible behavior of certain men. Now, that’s not to say that you have to avoid any of it. I, for one, will probably still watch ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’ every time I catch them on TV. And those are some of Weinstein’s most marquee projects. But they also involve a lot of people who weren’t awful monsters. That decision is a personal one. You may feel differently, and now there’s a new website to help guide your way: Rotten Apples.” There is one movie that is marked non-problematic when I believe it is by the standards of the site (The Associate) so don’t take this as foolproof.
University of Colorado Boulder: When celebrities die, ‘grief policing’ abounds, social media gets toxic. “After the deaths of David Bowie, Prince and actor Alan Rickman in 2016, grieving fans flocked to public comment threads on social media to pay their respects in what has been likened to a virtual wake. But many also arrived to find a toxic space where so-called ‘grief police’ mocked them for lamenting the loss of a stranger, chastised them for emotional rubber-necking or even dissed the dead. That’s the key finding of a study published this week by CU Boulder researchers who analyzed more than 7,000 Facebook comments to gain insight into how people mourn death in the internet age. Their conclusion: People are surprisingly mean to each other online even in times of tragedy, but some technological fixes could likely make things better.”
Search Engine Land: Have a question about Will Ferrell? Google may show you a video response directly from him. “Curious if Will Ferrell can actually play the drums? Or if Tracee Ellis Ross can sing? Now, when you ask Google a question about a specific celebrity, you may get a self-recorded video from them answering your question.” Um, okay.
SEO Roundtable honored Jill Whalen yesterday. Happily this was not an “in memoriam” type thing. Jill has retired from SEOing, but she was a tremendous influence on white hat SEO. (Now she is a tremendous influence on good health and good choices!)
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: First Paradise Papers data to be added to ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database. “Information on about 25,000 new offshore entities will be added to ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database this Friday, as ICIJ begins to publish the structured data from the Paradise Papers leaks. The Friday release (morning EST / early afternoon GMT) will encompass the structured data from Appleby’s client records, and includes information on offshore companies and trusts registered in more than 30 jurisdictions. The data includes shareholders, officers, addresses, and more.”
Bloomberg: Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News. “The World Wide Web is 28 years old. But these days it often appears to have the growing pains of a teenager. There’s the scourge of fake news, growing pockets of censorship around the world, the fiery debate over net neutrality and more. When teens get into trouble, you typically talk to the parents. As it happens, I had the opportunity last week to interview Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who was working for the European research organization CERN back in 1989 when he proposed the idea of using a tool called a web browser to visit distinct pages on the internet, each with an individual domain name and connected via a network of hyperlinks.”
Musician Neil Young is opening his archive on December 1. (This link is to a Facebook Page post.) “My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free.”