Photo-Illustration: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Much of Clubhouse is boring — or, at least, disproportionately filled with the awkward in-between of group interaction. This is far from a novel observation, and it’s an observation that continues to be made even as the attention and discourse around the audio chat app rose to fever pitch over the past few weeks. Pulling data from Apptopia, the New York Times reported that the app had been downloaded over four million times in the past month alone, which broadly corresponds with my own immediate networks. I started out the year with few outside my professional circles knowing what the app was; now, it’s something that gets brought up in my various Whatsapp groups every few days. That I personally find much of the app boring is a subjective contention, of course. I’m certain a substantial portion of the app’s user base would passionately differ from my assessment, and perhaps rightly so. I’ve only … [Read more...] about Does Clubhouse Mean Bad Things for Podcasting?
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Photo: Emaz/VIEW press/Corbis via Getty Images When the theater stopped, it stopped all at once. Live art is all the things the virus loves: close quarters, significant duration, people singing and trumpets going full blast. Broadway closed on March 12, 2020, and by the end of that weekend, every venue in the city was dark. Reopening, on the other hand, will be a wild hodgepodge. The lights will go on at different times theater by theater, even — in some multi-stage venues — room by room. Governor Cuomo announced last month that regardless of health metrics, live indoor performance will be allowed to return to “flexible” venues at 33 percent capacity starting today, April 2. What, exactly, will that look like? The embattled governor’s announcement about April 2 will not actually mean most theaters will start producing on that date. To be clear, there will be shows to see: You could go to the first performance of Blindness at the Daryl Roth (there are no performers, … [Read more...] about What Happens to New York Theater on April 2?
Last modified on Mar 12, 2021 21:08 GMT Megan Bull Give grandparents in lockdown a sentimental present that’ll cheer them up with our pick of the best gifts to treat them to during isolation. From flowers to a hamper, alcohol, magazine subscription and personalised photo books. Isolation is hard for most people, but the older generation are some of the most likely to be suffering from loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic. While you might not be able to hug them, you can still make their day by showing you're thinking about them. A gift is the best way to bring a smile to their face, and we've made shopping easy by selecting some of the very best presents to send to your grandparents. RELATED: 66 gift ideas guaranteed to cheer up loved-ones in isolation The pandemic has brought with it a lot of new challenges and self-care is now more important than ever. This spa gift box is stocked with all the luxury … [Read more...] about Gifts for grandparents to show them you care
Photo: Apple TV+ So, this is interesting. This morning, Apple TV+, the tech giant’s media streaming service, announced an original content production called The Line that’s actually a combination of two different projects spanning two different formats. The first project is a six-part narrative nonfiction podcast series hosted by Dan Taberski ( Missing Richard Simmons , Running From COPS ) that debuts today on Apple Podcasts and via RSS feed, which means it’s accessible by every other podcast platform that’s plugged into the open ecosystem. Meanwhile, the second project is a four-part limited documentary series directed by Jeffrey Zimbalist ( The Two Escobars ) that will be released exclusively on the Apple TV+ platform later in the fall. Both come from Jigsaw Productions, the prolific documentary production company led by Alex Gibney. The press release describes the two projects as being independently reported productions that both attend to the same subject: the … [Read more...] about Is Apple Finally Getting Into Original Podcasts?
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