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All posts by Julia Breakey

Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch).
  • #DeleteUber 2.0: ex-Uber engineer details sexual harassment

    Less than a month after users boycotted Uber due to CEO Travis Kalanick's ties to US President Donald Trump, a former employee has sparked new outrage over a blog post detailing institutionalised sexism at the company. Susan J. Fowler, now an engineer at online payment company Stripe, left Uber last December. She is but one of many female engineers who left the company after human resources (HR) allegedly refused to deal with the inherent sexism in the workplace. In an essay posted Sunday, Fowler listed the many failings of both the HR department and the men she worked with. Fowler says she became aware of...

  • The Great Wall: Twitter mocks blockbuster with #ThankYouMattDamon

    The Great Wall, released in South African cinemas today, is yet another film dealing with the controversy that comes with casting a white actor in an ostensibly Asian role. This time, the story is of an elite force defending China along its famous border. The enemy? Dragons, of course. Annoyed audience members took to Twitter to criticise what was viewed as a narrative with a white saviour complex. With the help of #ThankYouMattDamon, users tweeted about everything Matt Damon has done for Asia. all of you asian kids who get red packets for lunar new year have matt damon to thank... he started the...

  • Help NASA find the ninth planet in our solar system

    Scientists have long believed there to be a ninth planet in our solar system, due to some theories that involve science and numbers and gravitational pulls. I'm not too sure. I like movies. What I do know though, is that they are now enlisting the help of the trusty web to expedite the search for the mysterious planet hiding out there in the dark -- and you can join in whenever you'd like. Backyard Worlds is asking people to look through flipbooks of data to identify moving objects. Mostly what you'll be finding are failed stars, but the creators assert that you may...

  • #HurtBae leaves South Africans deep in their feelings

    Forget #SaltBae and #ThePeoplesBae, South Africa has found a new bae to fawn over. In a YouTube video released by The Scene, two exes sit face-to-face to discuss why they broke up. Kourtney and Leonard dated while they were in college and throughout their relationship he slept with "countless" other women. In the video, they discuss how their romance blossomed and the break up that followed. Kourtney would go through his phone, questioning his conversations with other women. He admitted to his infidelity and promised he'd change. He didn't, and she eventually walked in on him and another woman. She said she still...

  • Tropical Cyclone Dineo in pictures: devastation captured on Twitter, Instagram

    UPDATE: 17 Feb, 1.17pm: The Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is reportedly 102% full. Community members have been alerted. #Dineo Water and sanitation department says the Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is 102% full. An alert has been sent for possible flooding. — EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 17, 2017 UPDATE: 17 Feb, 9.08am: The Mozambique government have confirmed that seven people have died. The storm is currently moving through Limpopo. #dineo is officially in Polokwane right now pic.twitter.com/wKfH0okaoB — Senku Matsepane (@SenkuMatsepane) February 17, 2017 The clouds this morning in Muyexe, Giyani #Dineopic.twitter.com/ylf6WGEEaT — African Child (@ZikhonaTshona) February 17, 2017 UPDATE: 16 Feb, 1.30pm: At least four people, including a child,...

  • American Horror Story: Donald Trump is actually happening

    Gone are the days of mindless escapism. Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story, has revealed that the show's upcoming season seven will be based on last year's US Presidential election. "I don't have a title, but the season that we begin shooting in June will be about the election," Murphy confirmed on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday night. When asked if a Donald Trump-like figure would be a focus, the showrunner would not give a definite answer. "Uh, maybe," was all he would give fans. It was confirmed last month that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters would be returning to the hit...

  • Netflix knows what you did when your partner was away

    Valentine's Day is over and it's time to come clean. You spent the day spoiling your partner, but they deserve to know the truth. You cheated. I know it. You know it. Netflix knows it. You promised them you wouldn't watch that series without them, and then you went and did it anyway. At least you're not alone. Netflix has released a survey that compiles how often people cheat, why they cheat, and with which shows. If you're in Brazil and you haven't Netflix-cheated, then I have some bad news for you: your partner probably has. 58% of Brazilians surveyed reported that they had cheated...

  • Ghost in the Shell official trailer: a shell of its former self?

    Paramount Pictures released the official Ghost in the Shell trailer Monday, dismaying many with apparent plot changes and the casting of Scarlett Johansson. The trailer features stunning visuals with CGI that rivals all major blockbusters, but many fans likened the plot to that of Robocop. "It's a perfect interpretation to the anime on a visual aspect, but spiritually it seems to be going somewhere else," comments YouTube user The Human Robot. Ghost in the Shell might look impressive, but YouTubers aren't best pleased with the plot Doyle Harken comments that the "brainy" aspects of the original anime seem to be diluted for the sake of an easy plot...

  • Facebook videos will now autoplay on your phone with sound

    Facebook announced yesterday that it will roll out a feature that plays sound on videos whenever a phone's sound is on. "People are watching and sharing more video on Facebook than ever, and we’re focused on continuously improving the video experience," the statement read. In the future, when a user is scrolling their feed with sound on, the sound for videos will fade in and out. They do not specify how long the video will be on screen before the sound will play. To keep sound off, users will have to keep their phones on silent, or disable the setting within the...

  • Someone turned Donald Trump’s tweets into a beautiful emo song

    From YouTube channel Super Deluxe comes your new favourite emo song for when you're feeling that presidential teen angst. Picking up on the number of complaints Trump has tweeted post-election despite winning, the team "noticed that @realdonaldtrump's tweets are basically the lyrics to an early 2000s emo song." Super Deluxe posts everything from makeup tutorials to compilations of politicians avoiding questions, but this time they've likened Trump's tweets to the angry teenager who stomps into their room, slams their door and flips their fringe after a long day of no one understanding them. Donald Trump as an angst-filled teenager is the hilarious vision of Super Deluxe YouTube channel The channel...

  • Update: Now YouTube scares PewDiePie by dropping his show

    Hours after Disney announced they would no longer be affiliated with PewDiePie (AKA Felix Kjellberg), YouTube announced that they had cancelled his show and removed him from its premium advertising program. Last month, Kjellberg released a video that was both antisemitic and abusive. Paying for young Indian men to hold a sign reading "Death to All Jews", the millionaire claimed he meant to highlight how far people will go for US$5. Disney's Maker Studios were involved in the production of his YouTube Red show Scare PewDiePie, in which Kjellberg is placed in game-like situations meant to frighten him. The second season had been...

  • Julius Malema criticises South Africa’s Twitter activists

    At an EFF press conference this afternoon, party leader Julius Malema denounced the actions of South Africans who see Twitter as the highest form of protest. Twitter has been one of the biggest platforms for activism in South Africa recently, mainly because of users' ability to get information out quickly. During last year's #FeesMustFall protests, the platform gave protesters a voice to counter what universities were touting as the truth. In the party's first briefing after the State of the Nation address last week, the EFF outlined their version of the chaotic evening. While accusing President Jacob Zuma of not abiding by...

  • Disney ditches YouTube star PewDiePie over antisemitic videos

    Disney announced yesterday that they would no longer be working with Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie -- real name Felix Kjellberg -- after it was revealed that he had paid two men to pose with hateful imagery in the name of a joke. In mid-January, Kjellberg used an app called Fiverr that allows users to pay five dollars for anything to pay two Indian men to hold up a sign reading "Death to All Jews". The men claimed that they did not understand the term "Jews" and so were ignorant as to what they were promoting. Kjellberg was not able to make the same...

  • Kale Salad: the Twitter account honouring meme creators

    Tired of seeing the Dory accounts and Common White Girls of the world get thousands of retweets for stolen content? You're not alone! Plenty of Twitter users have had their relatable content taken and posted on accounts with millions of followers without credit. If you've been on Twitter for a while, you'll understand the dilemma. Accounts like @Dory and @CommonWhiteGirl both have over a million followers. @KardashianReact has over 800 000. But the people they take content from have at most tens of thousands -- though it averages at around 5000. While this may seem inconsequential, many of the original creators...

  • South African box office chart: Fifty Shades Darker likes it on top

    Ignoring the film critics, South Africans embraced their sexy side this weekend and Fifty Shades Darker proved number one in their hearts and other body parts. But how did the other films fare after its debut at the top this weekend? (10 to 12 February 2017) The Lego Batman Movie debuted at number three, unable to pass last week's number one xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. La La Land dropped down two places to fifth, and the musical in which people can actually sing Sing tragically saw itself tumbling down four spots to eighth. Denial and Rings debuted at ninth and tenth respectively, kicking out Why Him? and Ballerina. Failing martian hearts proved too...