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Chris Stokel-Walker

Wrote a book on YouTube. Writing a book about TikTok. Journalist for @bbcnews @nytimes @WiredUK

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  1. AI can now produce passable parody song lyrics

    The coronavirus pandemic has caused many outbursts of creativity, but few have the potential to be as meaningful as Mark O. Riedl’s lockdown project. The academic at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s school of interactive computing has spent the last several long months producing an artificial intelligence system that’s able to produce lyrics for parody songs, similar to those produced by Weird Al Yankovic.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Culture desk

  2. YouTube’s science communication channels have a diversity problem

    YouTube is often heralded as the great leveller, lowering barriers to entry and destroying discrimination. But a new academic study suggests that the platform’s science community mirrors the world of science in real life – with all its problems of representation.

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    From the Culture desk

  3. Social media managers are underpaid, understaffed, and overworked

    A recent row over sanitary pads and period products has highlighted one of the key issues with pronouncements on social media – and the disparity between the positions of power those behind our favourite brands’ Facebook and Twitter accounts hold, and the training and pay they receive.

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    From the Culture desk

  4. Media outlets are still struggling to understand what "viral" means

    Every day, thousands of events happen. The job of a journalist is to decide what is – and what isn’t – worthy of bringing to a broader audience.

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    From the Culture desk