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All posts by Julia Breakey

  • What are world leaders liking on Twitter?

    Twitter likes can be dangerous for prominent figures -- just ask Texas Senator Ted Cruz, whose account found notoriety after liking a porn video last year. But they can also offer some interesting insights into what leaders (or rather their social media managers) find important to acknowledge and endorse. Not only do likes hint at what content world leaders are consuming on social media, but they give direct access to the content they deem noteworthy, and that's a pretty neat feature for civilians. World leaders' Twitter likes give a rare glimpse into the content they consume and deem noteworthy Perhaps Twitter's most notorious user,...

  • South Africa’s box office: Jumanji brings in the big bucks

    Welcome to the first box office roundup of 2018! The year is already off to an interesting start as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle holds on to first place for the second week in a row. More impressive? The sequel has already claimed the title of the chart's highest life-to-date grosser with R32.3-million. To put that into perspective: In two weeks, Jumanji has bested Star Wars: The Last Jedi (on the chart for four), and has already earned more than what Justice League accumulated by its final week on the chart. In just two weeks, Jumanji has bested The Last Jedi and Justice League In fact, if Jumanji were to bow out...

  • Google discriminates against men and underpays women – lawsuits

    Google has been accused, in two separate lawsuits, of discriminating against conservative white men and underpaying female employees. The most recent suit comes from James Damore, the fired author of a sexist memo circulated around the company last year. In the memo, Damore argued that women are biologically ill-equipped for senior engineering positions, and that Google's diversity efforts should be examined in regards to their "costs and benefits". He was fired for advancing harmful gender stereotypes and violating the company's code of conduct. Now, Damore is fighting back. James Damore is suing Google for firing him after releasing a memo deeming women biologically unfit for...

  • The holidays in trailers: sex, drugs, and good ol’ heists

    It's the 8th of January. The roads are filling up. The hangovers are fading. It's time to catch up on all the pop culture you missed. Here are the trailers released between 18 December and 8 January, in order of release. Godspeed. Ocean's 8 This Ocean's sequel stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham-Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, and Rihanna. Do you need any other reason to give it all your money? Catch it in South African cinemas 8 June. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an Alice-in-Wonderland-esque adaptation of the classic ballet. It stars Morgan Freeman, Keira...

  • Here’s what you missed at the 2018 Golden Globes

    Last night's Golden Globe Awards promised activism, hypocrisy, and no acknowledged female directors, and boy did it deliver. But if you missed the 3am wake-time (and aren't keen to watch this evening when the web has thoroughly spoiled you), here's which moments made the biggest waves. #TimesUp and the black clothing Celebs rocked up to the Globes in all black to show support for women around the world who had been sexually harassed, assaulted, or abused in the workplace. In response to the #MeToo movement, actresses joined forces to form the TIME'S UP legal defense fund, which raises money for women who can't afford to...

  • How to keep up with awards season in South Africa

    There are plenty of reasons to keep up with Hollywood's awards season -- whether you're a film buff, a fashion follower, or just someone who wants to be in the loop on Twitter, awards season offers bountiful gifts for all. But it's tough to do in South Africa: not only do we have to deal with sleep-depriving time differences, but we also have to cope with DStv's frustrating online TV guide. Which is why I took it upon myself to trudge the murky waters of The Guide to find out what I can about 2018's awards season. Keeping up with awards...

  • Here are five things to watch on Netflix South Africa this January

    It's that time of year between raging holidays and looming work, so if you're looking to cram in a bit of relaxation before heading back to the office, here's Netflix South Africa's first month of new content in 2018. 1 January: Lovesick New Years Day is the perfect time to hear the word "sick", no? British sitcom Lovesick rings in 2018 as Dylan, Luke, and Evie trudge their way through the world of love, lust, and STIs. In the show's third season, Evie faces her feelings for Dylan, who's in a serious relationship with Abigail, who is unsure of where she stands in the midst of all the drama....

  • Meet Instagram’s most-followed pets

    Beyoncé may have stolen the show this year with her pregnancy announcement on Instagram, but did she dress up as Eleven and take an awkward prom photo with the Stranger Things cast? Of course she didn't -- but Doug the Pug did, and that's why he's one of Instagram's most-followed pets. And you best believe he's in good (boy) company. So without further ado, here are the most-followed pets on Instagram. Brace yourselves. 10. Loki (1.6 million+ followers) Momma nature rolled out the green carpet for me. A post shared by Loki (@loki_the_wolfdog) on Dec 10, 2017 at 11:56am PST Loki's is "husky/arctic wolf/malamute mix", and he loves the outdoors. Hailing from Denver, Colorado,...

  • Pitch Perfect lived long enough to see itself become the villain [review]

    Pitch Perfect may not actually be perfect. It isn't original, it isn't visually stimulating -- its soundtrack is good at best, annoying at worst. But Pitch Perfect has character. It has a clear story, and it tells it. In 2012, the film quickly became woven into our culture -- from the revival of the Cup Song to that GIF of Fat Amy engulfing the internet. Pitch Perfect is not without its flaws -- but it was sweet enough to win the hearts of audiences and stay there. Until the sequel. Pitch Perfect 2 tried desperately to recapture the energy of its...

  • Netflix’s low-budget Christmas movies, ranked

    There's something intoxicating about "bad" films -- unsubtle films, low-budget ones, empty films that sell nothing bar unexplained concepts like love at first sight or Christmas cheer. Is it because they're mindless entertainment? Because sometimes it's nice to think, even for a second, that life will sort itself out in the end? That happy endings with your one true love are possible? This is a science-based* ranking of the Christmassy rom-coms on Netflix South Africa Whatever the reason, there is no better time to be a fan of b-rate rom-coms than Christmas. It's a season in which low-budget films overflow with magic,...

  • 2017 in review: this year’s absolute worst of the worst

    This year has been a whirlwind of racist scandal after sexist scandal after "How have they been running a business? Holy shit" scandal. So if you think you made poor choices in 2017, grab yourself a bottle of red, slap on a face mask, and let's indulge in the unhealthiest form of self care there is: relishing in the relief of not having made that mistake. This is Memeburn's list of the perpetrators of the dumbest public mistakes of 2017. This is part three, involving heinous individuals who intentionally physically hurt other human beings -- and this year finally received their reckoning. Click here for Part 1 and...

  • 2017 in review: the heinous horrors that got you angry this year

    This year has been a whirlwind of racist scandal after sexist scandal after "How have they been running a business? Holy shit" scandal. So if you think you made poor choices in 2017, grab yourself a bottle of red, slap on a face mask, and let's indulge in the unhealthiest form of self care there is: relishing in the relief of not having made that mistake. This is Memeburn's list of the perpetrators of the dumbest public mistakes of 2017. Part two involves heinous mistakes that mostly tarnished institutions' names rather than individuals. Part 1 can be found here. Travis Kalanick Uber founder Travis Kalanick's terrible, horrible,...

  • #ANC54 is a reminder that Twitter is still crawling with Guptabots

    When Twitter was outed for housing hundreds of thousands of propagandist Russian bots during the 2016 US election, it vowed to do better. The company became committed to "transparency", donated the ad revenue the propaganda pulled in, and made a bunch of promises as to how they would avoid this manipulation in the future. As Twitter was making promises, though, South Africa was discovering the extent of its own misinformation campaigns. Twitter has promised the US more "transparency", but has kept mum on SA's Guptabots In November 2016, The Daily Maverick first identified 100 Twitter accounts that all touted similar messages with "white monopoly capital" as...

  • 2017 in review: the public mistakes you smashed on social this year

    This year has been a whirlwind of racist scandal after sexist scandal after "How have they been running a business? Holy shit" scandal. So if you think you made poor choices in 2017, grab yourself a bottle of red, slap on a face mask, and let's indulge in the unhealthiest form of self care there is: relishing in the relief of not having made that mistake. This is Memeburn's list of the perpetrators of the dumbest public mistakes in 2017, starting with the people who may have made a dumb mistake, but at least they didn't directly hurt anyone. Two additional lists covering the heinous and downright disgusting are...

  • Facebook says social media is only bad if you do it wrong

    Facebook has admitted that social media can be bad, but only when you're not doing it right. As part of the company's "Hard Questions" blog series, director of research David Ginsberg and research scientist Moira Burke attempted to answer whether or not spending time on social media is bad for us. The duo examined a couple of academic studies that pointed towards social media's detriment: psychologist Jean Twenge's analysis of the correlation between depression and smartphone usage; psychologist Sherry Turkle's assertion that mobile phones make us "alone together". Facebook knows social media can be bad, but it's placed the blame on users But, Facebook...