Portlandia just released a series of new comedy shorts, some of which focused on the nature of technology and the subsequently mediated lives of Portland comedy duo, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. In the short below, Carrie experiences a social meltdown and decides to declare ‘social bankruptcy’ – a service that’s yet to be available for those suffering from excessively social networks and devices. Watch what happens when Brownstein relinquishes her digital, social ties.
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There was a time when Napster brought music to the connected pirates of the internet. Now, it’s Popcorn Time that’s bringing movies to the masses. The Windows software is seeking to fill in the streaming gap between the demand for the films, and their limited accessibility. Ask anyone outside the continental US whether they can stream their favorite films or shows, and you’ll get an infinite number of answers – all due to the limiting nature of copyright rules.
There are millions of kids online, and as we’ve seen many times before, they can innocently rack up a large mobile bill. To prevent that, use this interactive, animated guide from this collaborative video between Will Samuel and UK’s Internet Advertising Bureau – it’s perfect for parents with young children who love to read eBooks or play mobile games.
Don’t like Indie films? There’s an app parody for that. There’s also celebrity endorsement bonus: Patton Oswald. Think of this app as the smartphone film filter that should never get realized: great for parodies, and commercially unsustainable.
This short originally screened at the 2014 Spirit Awards on IFC, but has been recently shared on You Tube. Thanks 5secondfilms!
According to recent surveys from Pew, cell phones are essential for at least 44% of adults. Surprisingly, 28% surveyed said their landlines would be hard to give up, potentially leaving a small number of users who can live without any type of phone altogether, which sounds pretty crazy to the rest of us.
To help you wind down for the rest of the week, we’re sharing this not so serious video animation about selfies. From artist Andy Martin, it illustrates the dangers of self-absorbed selfies using one of his quirky animated character.
If you like this video, check out Martin’s Tumblr, Character Selfies, where he shares numerous illustrations of silly characters taking selfies.
Perhaps you’re already tired of hearing too much about Valentine’s day? Even if you’ve got a jaded heart, we’ve got a good selection of equally snarky singles-oriented items to share. Let’s start with this great video, The Truth About Being Single.
Today’s time journal is a video from the Computer History Museum, a thirty year old video of 1984 Steve Jobs introducing the Macintosh, in his first fabled ‘Stevenote.’ You may have heard of the infamous ‘Stevenote’ in other places, notably Wikipedia, where you can find a chronological listing of every Apple product introduction from 1984 to the current OS, Mavericks. This video is a nice historical artifact to consume, especially on your iPhone.
Vine has been around for a year, and we think it’s been a great one. The Twitter based app has been an instant success, despite competition from Instagram. Vine has been so popular, it even gained its own category in the Tribeca Film Festival. We agree with Robert De Niro: you can tell a whole story in six seconds! To celebrate the first year of amazing Vine stories, we’re going to share some of our favorites. If you have some, add it below in the comments and we will add it to our list.
Debuting at the Sundance Festival is this beautiful video from Dove, that continues the brand’s exploration of Beauty – a touching story about high school girls whose selfie portraits helps them to discover the self-empowering role of social media.
Directed by award winning filmmaker Cynthia Wade, the short film shows girls and their moms at their most vulnerable moments, discussing their own insecurities about their own beauty. It’s not an emotional tear jerker, but a great way to brighten up any cold, snowy afternoon.
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