So Comcast (the largest mass communication company in the world) wants to merge with TimeWarner (the second largest media and entertainment conglomerate after Disney), and the current chairman of the FCC who is to approve or disprove of the merger, Tom Wheeler, was formerly the head of both the largest cable lobbying organization, as well as the largest wireless lobbying firm. Nothing to see here, just corporate fascism and neo-fedualism ruining everything forever. 

Off to work! Today is officially our nesting day which means I’ll be taking my first call as tech support for Timewarner Cable. I was trained for this and went through a lot of shit. I’m ready… but at the same time, I’m not?? I heard most people at North Carolina are nice because of their values but still, I might chance upon an angry customer and I can’t handle it when people yell at me. ( Q n Q ) 

Please wish me luck! I’m gonna need it!

The Tumblr To TV Transition

U.S. channel truTv will mine user-generated content on Tumblr for its new show, Hack My Life, hoping to pull second-screeners away from their devices and back into the living room.

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The station, which broadcasts to 92 million American households, will draw on suggested “life hacks” from Tumblr users and prove which of their shortcuts save time and money and which fall flat.

Time Warner’s truTv says this is the first time Tumblr has been used as a “major component” in the creative process for a television series and the broadcaster also plans to set up an online hub where viewers can share their favourite hacks.

Hack My Life will start in January 2015 and we can expect the punchy, humorous style of other shows in their stable like Hardcore Pawn and Impractical Jokers.

Whether the social to TV transition will be seamless remains to be seen. CBS’ Shit My Dad Said, based on a twenty-something’s Twitter feed documenting his experience living at home with his father, was cancelled after one season. Justin Halpern, the Tweeter himself, admitted the show starring William Shatner “sucked”.

Hack My Life is exactly the kind of content people love to watch online. truTV will now test whether the down-to-earth style of YouTube tutorials works on traditional television.

More information from Mashable: http://on.mash.to/1v1ZkIf

And from truTV: http://bit.ly/1v7Ytb1

FoST Prize Finalist: Possibilia

ABOUT THE PRIZE

Technology is changing the ways that we tell stories, allowing for greater interactivity, participation, and emotional engagement. To celebrate this renaissance of creativity, we’re excited to announce the inaugural FoST Prize (presented by Time Warner), a global competition designed to recognize the boundless ingenuity of the storytelling community at large! We’re in search of the world’s most innovative and adventurous story creators, working across platforms to mastermind boldly interactive narratives.

One grand-prize winner will be named at FoST during the main stage awards ceremony and awarded a cash prize of $10,000.

FINALIST: Possibilia

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Directed by The Daniels

“Possibilia” is multilayered narrative experience directed by acclaimed director duo The Daniels. Created by the digital media company Interlude, this story allows viewers to choose how a messy breakup plays out on-screen. The short film, starring Girls’s Alex Karpovsky and The Mindy Project’s Zoe Jarman, is about a couple in the middle of a messy breakup. As the conversation unfolds, viewers can pick from thumbnails at the bottom of the screen to affect how the scene plays out. The script is the same throughout, but in each scenario the lines are delivered differently to make for several choices of tone and action.

Click HERE to find out more about the FoST Prize and other incredible finalists.

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2014 FoST PRIZE (presented by Time Warner)

Technology is changing the ways that we tell stories, allowing for greater interactivity, participation, and emotional engagement. To celebrate this renaissance of creativity, we’re excited to announce the inaugural FoST Prize, a global competition designed to recognize the boundless ingenuity of the storytelling community at large! We’re in search of the world’s most innovative and adventurous story creators, working across platforms to mastermind boldly interactive narratives.

Click here to find out more about the criteria, finalists, and cash award that will be presented to the Grand Prize Winner at the upcoming 2014 FoST Summit on October 1st and 2nd at Snug Harbor!

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