Five things on Saturday (FtoF #215)
Things of note for the week ending Saturday 25th February, 2017.
Hey gang, good week?
Let’s do this.
1. THE FLEABAG MYSTIQUE
I am a fan.
Here are three things about PWB:
Thing one: I saw Fleabag at Edinburgh Fringe, before it was TV (see no 18. here), and it was ace (in fact, I think the first time I saw PWB was in the 24hr production of Sixty-Six Books at The Bush Theatre – that was something else).
Thing two: the last time I saw PWB, I was stood behind her in the queue at my favourite London food spot – she looked cool, and I very nearly said ‘Hello, you’re great’, but didn’t.
Thing three: er… SHE’S IN THE NEW HAN SOLO MOVIE. WHAT.
2. ZUCK ON FACEBOOK AND ITS FUTURE
Mark Zuckerberg published a long letter to the world explaining how he would push the company toward humanity coming together, as a global community.
You can read it in its entirety on Zuck’s page (it’s worth the time).
Dave Pell, of Next Draft, has a perfect response:
“It is now. And the Internet that was designed to bring us all together may in fact be driving us further apart. As I’ve mentioned before, the open communication network we thought we were building turned into a hunting ground for trolls and spammers; unavoidable because of our ferocious addiction to our mobile screens. Social media evolved into a confirmation bias-riddled cesspool of lies, hate, and totally unrealistic versions of our lives; which would gradually amount to little more than weightless collections of Retweets and Likes. And somehow — with more tools to connect than ever before — we made our lives less diverse; racially, politically, and culturally; each of us left to sink in the quicksand that lines the thickening walls of our silos of homogeneity. So we’re left with a question. Can Zuck fix it?”
3. JEDI MIND TRICK
That is all.
3. SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR PHONE TO THE UNITED STATES?
Rory Cellan-Jones at the BBC takes a closer look at whether or not you should reconsider taking your phone on your next trip.
I decided to seek some advice from the UK Foreign Office and the US embassy in London.Was there a danger that I would be forced by border officials to unlock my phone or hand over my social media passwords? The Foreign Office told me their travel advice did not cover this subject because they had not received any calls about it. But they did suggest that if I happened to be trapped in immigration at JFK airport with a border agent demanding my passcode, I could call the British embassy and arrange a lawyer.
Something to keep in mind.
I’m headed to the US next month and I’m still unsure what to do about this, if anything.
5. KRAFT v UNILEVER
You may’ve read about this during the week. The FT has the best write up. Bar none.
A relatively short edition this week
But dems the breaks.
Until next time,