Always Be Watching - 3 October 2018

Always Be Watching is by Dan Barrett and is 100% Russian troll free

Was the hostile fan outrage over The Last Jedi all that it seemed? A study has found a significant amount of amplification of criticism caused by Russian trolls. If you know what to look for, this isn’t really news - there has been meddling and amplification of the US culture war on social media platforms for some time now with meddling focused not just on politics, but on anything that seeds division.

I first noticed it when Mark Halperin got busted for his misconduct last year - very quickly the conversation was hostile drawing from political partisan anger rather than anger at his actual misdeeds. There was something really off about the sentiment of the conversation.

They say to ‘never read the comments’ - it’s in the comments that the meddling will get ya.


I don’t always like his shows, but the world is a better place for having Danny McBride making TV. HBO just gave the greenlight to his new show The Righteous Gemstones - a half-hour comedy about a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work — all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sounds hilarious. It will also star John Goodman and Adam Devine.


Respected Reddit user VapeThisBro has uploaded footage of a video game that is claimed to be an open-world Harry Potter. Warner Bros has since yanked the footage. In early 2017 the WB owned Avalanche Software studio was hiring for: “a talented storyteller with a deep understanding of British culture and grammatical presentation.”


A report has found a decrease in the number of people staying with subscription video services like Amazon Prime, HBO Now, and Now TV across the US and UK. I sense that there are deeper insights not reflected here - how does trial subscriptions and the rate of trial subscription manipulation factor into this?


A few days ago I interviewed Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Gates McFadden about her time on the show.


Today Vulture asked ‘Who is The Circus for’, leaning on the idea that all of the things seen on the show are already known to the show’s viewership. While that’s true, is there not also a place for a TV show that can frame a week’s political events in the US and provide some contextual understanding? Media cannot just be an information delivery service - sometimes you need to step back and take it all in.


Finally, Netflix is eating 15% of all Internet traffic.