Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media. If you are interested in supporting the project or would like to find out more, check out Keiichi Matsuda website or Hyper-Reality project.
In case you weren’t aware, deaf people swear just as much as the rest of us – they’re just able to do it a little more discreetly. YouTube channel Cut has helped us all join in on the fun by posting a video in which 7 deaf people show how to say all of your favorite curse words in American Sign Language, and it’s so much more fun than just flipping the bird.
Via Bored Panda
Sometimes when it comes to pure horror, it’s often your own imagination that can be the most terrifying. Whilst tales of blood soaked gore, mutating alien hybrids and torturous serial killers will always have the ability to make you squeamish, it’s the realm of the supernatural that is often the most unnerving.
In fact, many of the popular horror franchises in recent times haven’t actually been the most gruesome, rather they’ve been the most cerebral.
There’s few things more frightening than a mind riddled with fear, worry and paranoia.
We’ve all experienced those moments during a movie when you expect to see something but don’t, or where that feeling of dread suddenly starts to feel overwhelming. When the tension on screen becomes unbearable. It’s why so many of us enjoy the genre itself. The likes of The Conjuring, Annabelle, the Insidious series, It Follows and Lights Out are all testament to that.
Now you can add indie short film Polaroid by Joey Greene to the list of expertly crafted and fine tuned supernatural horror. It might only run 3 minutes, but it’s more than enough time to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and set your nerves jangling.
Via So Bad So Good
In the very near future you may try to come to our website and find a loading symbol like the one above. Today the FCC officially voted to kill net neutrality which protected our open internet, giving all the power to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast. This allows them to do what they want when it comes to censorship and throttling speeds of not just users but the sites themselves. These companies will decide who runs fast and who runs slow, what sites are accessible and what sites are not. Despite millions of American people causing a ruckus, continuously sending emails and letters, and calling their local party members, three of the five board members on the FCC voted to kill the net neutrality protections.
Things to consider:
• ISPs spent more than $26.3 million on lobbying — powerful people are only supporting this because they were paid!
• Past and present members of the FCC itself have been adamantly opposed to this repeal — FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said of the vote, “What saddens me the most today is that the agency that is supposed to protect you is actually abandoning you.” (video)
• Prior to the vote former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called it a “shameful sham and sellout” (video)
• FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn voted against the repeal and made a full statement.
• FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the one who has led the charge to destroy net neutrality, just posted this infuriating video mocking the general public. In the video he demonstrates things you’ll still be able to do without an open internet, thing like use Instagram or watch Game of Thrones. As if anyone was suggesting we wouldn’t be able to do these things? He also fails to mention how much more we’ll have to pay to do these things or how fast we’ll be able to do them.
So what does it mean now that it’s gone?
Americans will have to pay to access parts of the Internet separately, similar to cable television “packages”. Here’s what one telecom looks like in Portugal, with the Internet split up into packages (link).
Regardless where you live if you access US-based websites or platforms it will affect you. ISPs will be “gatekeepers” with the ability to promote their own content first and silence anything else (and the largest ones own their own networks, channels, tv shows, and products), so you can see how this arrangement is not at all in the best interest of the general public. This will be the biggest change to the Internet since it was created. Smaller independent sites and platforms will become less accessible and many will eventually disappear completely.
What can be done?
Luckily, the fight is far from over. The FCC has voted but it seems likely that the decision will be brought to court since there are even Republican senators who understand this repeal is a terrible decision.
Here are a few things we can do:
• Visit BattleForTheNet.com to send a pre-written message to Congress (takes 30 seconds)
• Text “BATTLE” to +1 424-363-4877
• Donate to Free Press to support their/our fight — they are in the midst of trying to sue the FCC
• Send real, physical letters about Net Neutrality to your government reps with MailMyGov (they will also help you find all your federal, state, county, and city representatives)
If you have other ways to support, please let us, and other readers know in the comments below.
If you have no idea what net neutrality is or why you should care about it, please skip whatever else and just watch the video, realized by Louis Wesolowsky, embedded here, It’s short and sweet. Net neutrality is the way the Internet has operated since the beginning—a democratic system without gatekeepers dictating what sites you can visit.
Next month the United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is voting on a proposal to destroy net neutrality which will give companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T the ability to censor and throttle access to the Internet in ways that only benefit them. These internet service providers will be able to decide what sites people visit; which sites run fast, which sites run slow, and which sites to block altogether. Americans will be forced into a tiered system and many websites will be inaccessible from the lower/cheaper tiers.
As most of our readership is based in the United States, a large portion of our audience not being able to access our site will make it a lot harder for us to survive. The death of net neutrality will undoubtedly mean the death of many independent websites and platforms! I could go off on a whole rant here, but watch the video below if you haven’t already and if you want to prevent any of this stuff from happening, please visit BattleForTheNet.com – you can send a pre-written electronic letter to congress (literally takes 20 seconds).