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-Illustration: by Vulture; Photos by Spotify and Betty Labs Incorporated Given Spotify’s grand ambitions to become the all-consuming audio platform of the universe, it has become a consistent point of curiosity as to what the company will do with the increasing interest around Clubhouse and the social audio category — or “live group audio,” as I prefer to call it — more generally. Frankly, the question was never an if, but a when and a how. This morning, we have an answer: The Swedish audio streaming platform just announced that it has acquired a Los Angeles-based startup called Betty Labs , which is perhaps best known for creating Locker Room , the sports-centric social audio app. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but I imagine it’s fairly modest compared to the flashy sums paid out for the likes of The Ringer, Megaphone, and Anchor. It’s an intriguing move, though I say this in part because I’ve been closely watching that app as a big sports consumer … [Read more...] about Spotify Has Its Own Clubhouse Now
October 14, 2020 - 15:36 BST Megan Bull Queer Eye's Tan France has launched the new 'Clothes love all' campaign alongside Klarna, and he's revealed eight fashion principles to live by. Since appearing on Queer Eye and Next In Fashion , Tan France has fast become a style icon, and now the TV presenter is fronting an exciting new campaign in partnership with Klarna . Championing inclusivity and diversity within the fashion industry, Tan's 'Clothes love all' campaign challenges consumers to reconsider their views on fashion, from the eyes of the clothes themselves. RELATED: 17 best children's books to help teach kids about diversity READ: 15 Sustainable fashion brands that need a place in your wardrobe Tan France wants to create a more inclusive and diverse view of fashion Combatting prejudice and discrimination, Klarna has worked with the celebrity stylist to develop eight principles which champion … [Read more...] about Queer Eye’s Tan France reveals eight fashion principles to live by
Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Godzilla vs. Kong is a gigantic movie, so it stands to reason that even the Easter eggs would be kaiju -size. The fourth (and, for now, final) film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse franchise brings the two most famous giant monsters of all time together for a city-leveling showdown. The movie, out in theaters and streaming on HBO Max today, is Godzilla and King Kong’s second throwdown. Because the pair originally fought in 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla, it makes sense that 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong would feature plenty of homages to these cinematic titans’ original clash. Godzilla vs. Kong also has plenty of Easter eggs and winking references to the MonsterVerse movies that came before it: Godzilla , Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters . Like the monster researchers who work for Monarch in the movies, we’ve hunted down every kaiju Easter egg we could find. There aren’t quite as many as there were in … [Read more...] about Every Single (
Photo: Maximum Fun It was the summer, and John Moe was giving serious consideration to getting out of the game. Last June, American Public Media announced that it was laying off a good chunk of its workforce, citing financial strain due to the global pandemic. Moe was among those who lost their jobs, and as part of that, the company also ended production on his show, The Hilarious World of Depression , which served up frank conversations with various notable people about mental health and drew a passionate following over the years for its work raising awareness around the issue. When Moe learned about the dismissal, he figured the severance pay would offer him some runway to meditate on what comes next. A veteran on-mic personality who’s worked around the public radio system for over two decades, he was getting tired of the constant anxiety that the business brings. “It was always nerve-wracking,” he said. “The idea of constantly wondering what the listener reports would … [Read more...] about Welcome (Back) to