Stories From This Week

7th June 2020

From The Atlantic. The new executive order targeting social-media companies isn’t really about Twitter. In reality, Trump’s salvo on social-media companies has primarily an audience of one: Mark Zuckerberg. And it is already working. After the executive order was issued, Facebook’s CEO quickly gave an interview to Fox News, in which he said, “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.”

Prof Galloway’s message to marketeers. ‘A 30-second spot…doesn’t prove you are serious about systemic racism. I believe this is a seminal moment in advertising. Simply put, brand-based social messaging has jumped the shark. After consulting to the CEO/CMO of every major athletic apparel shoe company in the world, my advice is to…Just Stop It.

Thank you @Faris for pointing me in the direction of French anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss. Love this -‘The purpose of a myth is to provide a logical model capable of overcoming a contradiction.’ The human mind tends to organise thought and culture around binary opposites, and seeks to resolve the resulting tension through the creative act of myth-making.

Advertising in a Crisis – Then and Now. …Brands have long played supporting roles during testing times, turning government directives into actions and behaviours.

Snapchat will stop promoting Trump’s account in Discover: ‘We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice’. 

A massive wave crashes in a Seoul aquarium as part of the world’s largest anamorphic illusion

Courtesy of Empire Magazine. 14 Films By Black Filmmakers That Everyone Should Watch In 2020.

This 1957 drawing reveals the brilliant strategy behind Disney’s lasting success.

From Minneapolis to Syria, artists are honouring George Floyd through murals and public artworks.

From (friend of the Filter) Street Wisdom. ‘What can we learn from trees? In this simple exercise, Street Wisdom founder David Pearl shows you how to feel more natural and connected. Lose some of the constraints of laptops and lockdown by connecting with nature.’

In case you didn’t know about this (I didn’t) – The ‘Step Chickens’ is one of the trends that has been going around for a while now. Here is what are the Step Chickens on TikTok and how it started.

Short Film – Other Side Of The Box. Winner of the 2019 SXSW midnight shorts category. Late one night a couple receives a mysterious package from an old friend. 

From Wired. How US police used military tactics to turn peaceful protests violent.

‘Superlative things were done in the past century by marshalling thousands of people in the service of a vision of the future. Where did the grandeur go?

Reddit’s stream, Last Images Ever Taken is a tremendously sad and moving collection of images and memories. HT @neilperkin

The Guardian’s take on the greatest UK No.1’s ever ; and here the list on Spotify. For me, no real surprise about the top pick. ‘ Call the police, there’s a mad man around.’

How space flight controls haver changed – Apollo (1967), Space Shuttle (2002), Crew Dragon (2020).