How do you do, fellow kids? Trading dank memes on the blockchain for profit, I see. May we interest you in a Saturday Night Live parody rap about Non-Fungible Tokens based on the music video for Eminem’s “Without Me” (circa 2002)? What if we told you it features Pete Davidson rapping about twerking Thanos? Or that musical guest Jack Harlow has a featured verse? Do the words “Kate McKinnon as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen” do it for you? The best thing about this pretaped sketch is Chris Redd , dressed as Morpheus spitting rapid-fire nonsensical tongue-twister bars about the exact sort of pop-culture mishmosh you see being sold for millions in Ethereum, like “GIFs of Ron Funches eating Lunchables,” “digital images of Digimon doin’ scrimmages,” and “Bam Margera in a Mini Coop with Master Splinter and Amy Klobuchar and Adam Driver having dinner.” He’s the MVP of this NFT MV. … [Read more...] about Explains NFTs in the Timeliest Way Possible: a ‘Without Me’ Parody
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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?
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