HATCRL 02.26.21

HATCRL 02.26.21

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WELCOME TO THE CLUBHOUSE
With so many visually-driven social media apps, we can finally inundate our ears instead. Meet Clubhouse, the invite-only audio-based social media app.

…IS IT HOT IN HERE?
Following last month’s Capitol insurrection, Facebook is taking steps to “turn down the temperature” on the platform’s political divisiveness problem.

THE IDIOT BOXES ARE GETTING SMARTER
Binge-watchers rejoice: TV prices predicted to be bigger, better and more affordable than ever in 2021.

BUTTON, BUTTON, WHO’S GOT A BUTTON
The newest proxy battle in the streaming wars: TV remotes. Netflix has had a dedicated button for almost a decade, but now everybody wants in.

2020: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
Oh, goodness. What could possibly have been the most downloaded app last year? So much suspense! (Zoom. It’s Zoom. Of course it’s Zoom.)

ON THE TIPS OF OUR TONGUES
“COVID” was the American Dialect Society’s official Word of the Year. Shocker. Runners up included “doomscrolling,” “Before Times” and “you’re muted.”

WALMART: TIKTOK INFLUENCER
Livestreamed shopping is a fast-growing and lucrative market, as younger users are turning to online influencers for some swagger-tainment.

“WE HAVE NO FORMULA”
Bill Bernbach is the godfather of modern advertising. Read a Twitter thread with some of his most sage wisdom.

ISOLATED CINEMA
This year, the Göteborg Film Festival wants you to binge 60 movies. Alone. In a lighthouse. We may have found the ultimate introvert paradise.

THE BUCK STOPS…AT GAMESTOP
Redditors have created a Meme Bubble on Wall Street—sticking it to hedge fund managers for big $$$ and bigger LOLZ.

 

More from the cheat sheet of all the things you need to know to always be the smartest, trendiest, techies, pop culturiest, most informed know-it-all in the room after the jump.