The Black Mirror series didn't get much of a look-in in New Zealand but it had a big impact in the UK. The episode in question is called "The National Anthem" (it should be easy enough to find on-line) but note that the Black Mirror series is "not for those of nervous disposition".
Sky channel Soho was quick off the mark, arranging an encore screening of "The National Anthem" last night.
BTW, I am loving all the Silver Scrolls goodies that Audioculture has been unveiling. The awards have always seemed a bit mysterious - probably just because they're an industry event, closed to the public - but all this history is like getting a look inside and seeing what's been going on.
The Hall of fame is not (yet) a physical place, but it offers yet another set piece to look forward to each year.
My big complaint about the Hall of Fame: it's becoming very male dominated - three acts including women verses 14 without women. Or to look at individuals, that's four women and 65 men.
The New Zealand music industry is male dominated but it's not that male dominated.
This bit from the Guardian article really surprised me:
“If I said: ‘Right, we’re going to have a game at lunchtime, we need 30 boys,’ we’d get it done in 30 seconds,” Port says. “There would be volunteers coming from everywhere.”
Up to this point in my life, I genuinely had no idea that people played rugby for pleasure. I always thought that there had to be some sort of ulterior motive because (I guess) who would otherwise willingly play rugby?
That article is brilliant and has done a lot towards unravelling (what is for me) the enigma of the appeal of rugby. Though I literally have no idea how the game works other than it involves running with, throwing and kicking a ball and scoring points by getting the ball over lines.
There’s a problem not owning ALL the media. Competitors will run stories that don’t fit yr framing :)
Actual lolz that Stuff's story is basically 400 words based on celeb tweets.
Though it promises a slight external focus by concluding "Mediaworks has been approached for comment.".
Also, how is it worse or different to sports news (or many other kinds of “news” that are coded masculine)?
I've always thought that a lot of sports news is really no different to showbiz news. Footage of a rugby team training the day before a big game? Footage of an actor at the premiere of their big movie? Same difference.
Plus a bit of help from mummy and daddy, you’d think? Who are mummy and daddy in this case?
Seriously? You're mocking someone for potentially having their parents help them buy a house? Do you have any idea how hard it is for young adults to buy a house these days without having parents help out? Of all my 30-something friends who own houses, I don't think any have done it without "mummy and daddy" (or "mum and dad" as most adults call their parents) helping out.
There will be the usual pillaging of the social media production of local sportspeople and their significant others.
Serious question: is this a skill that journalism schools should be teaching now - how to turn a tweet by Lorde or Jemaine Clement into a 300-word article?
I'm all for a fun local gossip/showbiz news site, but it had better have some fresh local content, otherwise what's the point?
I heartily recommend How Bizarre. As well as being a great pop biz story, it's extra special because it's our story - it's a New Zealand story. No one deliberately sets out to make a one-hit wonder, and because of that, the stories behind those blips of genius pop are often more interesting than tales of long-term success.
It's also a good account of how the music biz functioned 20 years ago. It seemed like such a major physical effort to break "How Bizarre" in every country, and it feels like much of the book takes place on long-haul flights.
Here's the video for "Team, Ball, Player, Thing", the delightfully good NZ RWC supporter's song (and it's in aid of Cure Kids). The song is written by Joel Little (and little kids), the video is by Taika Waititi and it features a really decent selection of NZ musos as well as some All Blacks. And unicorns with lasers.
In the UK, the media seem to have been sent a press release touting the song as starring "Lorde and Daniel Bedingfield". Well, you take what you can get.
There were arguments that Baise-moi was so injurious to the public that allowing anyone to see it would be harmful.
I'd forgotten about all that fuss around Baise-moi. When the ban was lifted, I ended up seeing it (on my birthday!) in 2002. I literally cannot remember anything about it and my diary doesn't record any emotional damage from seeing it.
The webs tell me it was about a two women (both sex workers) who go on a killing spree. Killing men. I'm sure if it was about a couple of dudes who were killing women, there wouldn't have been such a fuss.