By Sarah Buhr
The “pivot to video” is not the death of words.
It’s not the death of journalism or a sign that people are abandoning everything that is right and good in the world.
What it is, however, isn’t much better.
The “pivot to video” is the product of an internet that is run by Google, Facebook, and an advertising market with little regard for anything that isn’t video. They’re setting the rules, and media companies—especially startups—have to play the game.
News broke on Thursday that …
By Patrick Kulp
Say goodbye to annoying fake Facebook videos.
The social network is tweaking its algorithm so you’ll see static memes disguised as videos and images with fake play buttons way less often.
Spammers have been flooding the site with these trick formats to take advantage of Facebook’s fanatical focus on promoting video above other types of content. Uploading single images as videos can earn the poster advertising money, and photos made to look like videos can lead users to sketchy sites with malicious ads.
By Kellen Beck
If you’ve always wanted to visit the abandoned location of the Chernobyl disaster, you’ll be able to do that from the safety of your home soon with PlayStation VR.
The Chernobyl VR Project is coming to PS VR “in the near future,” according to a PlayStation Blog post, sending people into the abandoned area of land around the site of the Chernobyl disaster.
In 1986, there was a disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, resulting in more than 30 deaths and sending radiation into the air. The area was evacuated and has been largely abandoned by humans ever since. …