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The Culture Desk

  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.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    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.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    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.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Culture desk

  5. The invisible labor of content moderation

    Have you ever taken a look at Facebook’s content policies? Or Twitter’s? Probably not — they’re decently hard to find, and most social media platforms don’t necessarily go out of their way to advertise their moderation policies.

    By Gaby Goldberg , written on

    From the Culture desk

  6. Silicon Valley’s billion-dollar sextech industry is still shrouded in stigma

    Only recently did Ryan and Jenn Cmich, founders of LoveSync, a sexual communication mobile app that also allows couples to sync their moods when having sex, manage to get an ad for their product approved by Facebook.

    By Stav Dimitropoulos , written on

    From the Culture desk

  7. The MySpace culture gap: what happens when platforms die?

    In 2019, the once-great social media giant MySpace announced that due to a server migration and malfunction, they had lost 50 million user-uploaded items, representing 12 years of content uploaded to the platform.

    By Joan Westenberg , written on

    From the Culture desk

  8. The return of the 'slow web' movement

    Those who have been around for a while might remember a time when trawling through ugly headache-inducing personal websites was a fundamental part of the internet experience. Even those who weren't around back then find themselves feeling nostalgic for it.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Culture desk