It’s the Holiday season, and as Disney has promised us, we will be getting a new Star Wars pretty much every year until the end of time. That’s fine with the people that have already seen the latest installment, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Disney amassed a crew of stars and critics for the premiere of the new movie on Saturday, and unless they’re playing some Jedi mind tricks, the force is strong with this one. While full reviews won’t be out until Tuesday, we’ll just use this jolt of excitement to get us through the next few hours.
So if seeing this movie to boycott the boycott wasn’t enough to convince you, these tweets should push over to the dark side.
Peeple, an app launching this November, will invite you to rate everyone else like there were restaurants on Yelp. 'Personally, professionally and romantically', founders Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough think it's going to provide a whole lot of benefit for letting you know who's in your life.
As their website says:
Peeple will enhance your online reputation for access to better quality networks, top job opportunities, and promote more informed decision making about people.
Authentic and relevant information about you and others you interact with is paramount to our vision for this app. Users will require a Facebook account to access the application, to verify and validate the minimum age requirement. To prevent multiple and fake profiles users will also need to validate that they are a real person with their cell phone number which will then text them a pin to login with.
Not everyone is liking this idea. For the obvious reasons you are thinking.
It began trending on Twitter Oct. 1 and the reactions were expected, but still pretty humorous.
Where to even begin with those harms? There's no way such a rating could ever accurately reflect the person in question: Even putting issues of personality and subjectivity aside, all rating apps, from Yelp to Rate My Professor, have a demonstrated problem with self-selection. (The only people who leave reviews are the ones who love or hate the subject.)
...It's inherently invasive, even when complimentary. And it's objectifying and reductive in the manner of all online reviews. One does not have to stretch far to imagine the distress and anxiety that such a system would cause even a slightly self-conscious person; it's not merely the anxiety of being harassed or maligned on the platform — but of being watched and judged, at all times, by an objectifying gaze to which you did not consent.
The backlash has been felt by the creators (who are still getting publicity out of the bad press) and they wrote up this reply, which doesn't at all come off as smug and self-satisfied.
An Ode to Courage: Innovators are often put down because people are scared and they don't understand. We are bold innovators and sending big waves into motion and we will not apologize for that because we love you enough to give you this gift.
It is very much worth mentioning that the show Community had an episode dedicated to an app exactly like this. It was called Meow Meow Beenz. And it was hilarious.
Yeup, science of seasoning powder has come to this. According to Steve from The Impulsive Buy, the chips give off the aroma of "flat cola" mixed with the scent of cinnamon donuts and overall, they're apparently "a pretty accurate flavor recreation." Hat tip goes to Laughing Squid!
YouTube presents a look back at 2012 with "Rewind YouTube Style," a quintessential mashup parody of "Gangnam Style" and "Call Me Maybe" starring the who's who of this year's viral video fame, including PSY, Walk off the Earth, MysteryGuitarMan, Jenna Marbles and more!
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