Could you survive a week without the Internet?
That's the subject of this short documentary from Mother London, which follows the lives of five digital natives as they attempt to get through a week without social networking, web browsing, or even taking the dreaded selfie.
Tellingly, participants, along with their friends and family members, reported a greater overall level of happiness, with one son saying his dad was much friendlier to be around without the digital distractions.
While much attention has focused on Russia's antigay legislation in the leadup to the Winter Olympics, India has also moved in an unfortunate similar direction when it comes to LGBT rights.
On December 11, India's Supreme Court overturned a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexuality. The controversial ruling is a major blow to LGBT rights in the South Asian country.
According to Section 377, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" and is punishable by a 10-year jail term. The law is 153 years old, dating from the country's colonial era.
The 2009 New Delhi High Court ruling stated that the law violated basic human rights. The decision faced backlash from conservative and religious groups.
If you saw an interracial couple being subjected to racist remarks, what would you do?
That's what the program, handily entitled What Would You Do?, asks. The ABC News program, hosted by John Quiñones, takes a look a number of social issues, ranging from parenting to various forms of discrimination, such as homophobia and racism.
The program secretly stages scenarios in public spaces, and captures the reactions of bystanders (who don't realize they're watching actors) to see how they will respond.
In one episode, the program staged a black female hairdresser at a Harlem barbershop in New York City to berate a black male-white female couple (also actors) with racist remarks for their interracial relationship.
While Filipinas are busy challenging workplace sexism in the Philippines with ad campaign, German male celebrities are kissing off homophobia with a sexy new campaign.
Thirteen straight male German celebrities have joined GQ Germany's Gentlemen Against Homophobia campaign in a series of photos called #Mundpropaganda (which is a play on the German terms for "word of mouth" and "kissing propaganda"). It's in response, in part, to Russia's antigay legislation.
The photos will be published in public advertising spaces, such as on transit and billboards, in Germany.
Hand-drawn Doctors and Norwegian synth-pop? Yes, please!
Made for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary (and originally set to some seriously dramatic tunes), Richard Swarbrick and Eva Wagner's animation has now been combined with the strains of Norwegian '80s band a-ha's hit "Take on Me".
I'll include that below because, to be honest, there's never an occasion when I won't watch it.
It's not every day you see a commercial tackle discrimination. But an ad from Pantene Philippines has done just that.
The 60-second TV advertisement, as part of the female empowerment #WhipIt campaign, deftly exposes the double-standards of the gender divide in the workplace. It points out how the same qualities are deemed positive for men but negative for women.
Check out the Pinay power ad below.
The company also teamed up with the Rappler website for a series of essays and discussions on the gender bias.
Holy crap, does Uwe Boll have no shame?
Well, obviously not, since he made Alone in the Dark.
But still—what the fuck does he think he's doing becoming a restaurant reviewer?
The guy's got a YouTube food review channel, and he started up a Twitter account, @WorldBestRest, where he tweets insightful banter like "Who gives a shit how great a restaurant looks if the food is bad" and "The best host on @FoodNetworkCA is @GordonRamsay!"
Get a load of this review of the Gastown restaurant Secret Location that he posted a while back.
News reports regularly state that there is massive opposition to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in First Nations communities across B.C. But those reports rarely feature the voices of First Nations people who aren't chiefs.
In her short film "No Tankers Territory", Ora Cogan shares the views of Heiltsuk women in Bella Bella on the pipeline. The National Energy Board is expected to issue its decision on the pipeline by the end of this month. The final decision rests with the federal cabinet.
Maybe it’s the altitude, but there’s a kind of giddiness to the Whistler Film Festival that you’re not likely to experience elsewhere. And so it is that you might find yourself being amiably heckled in the lobby of the Fairmont hotel by a passing Richard Dreyfuss (this actually happened to me), or you find yourself getting an earful from Melissa Leo.
"The Abs•Tract" is one of the stranger things we’ve been pitched at the Straight recently. When I sent an email to local writer-director-actor Brent Cooper describing the 35-minute film as “nuts,” he promptly replied, “I take that as a great compliment.”
It was a compliment, for the record. I thought "The Abs•Tract" was great; a sharp, wildly imaginative work of satire. That’s assuming I actually grok what Cooper is getting at with his self-financed film, which is largely made to look like an infomercial for the “philosophical fitness program” of the title.