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The Rolling Stones performing in Hamburg during the ‘No Filter’ European tour: the band’s legacy is entwined with the pioneers of black American music. Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters

Friday essay: the art of the pinch – popular music and appropriation

Pinching musical phrases and stylistic approaches has always been a part of art making and can be a respectful exchange. But shallow, ill-informed appropriation only perpetuates tired stereotypes.
Disney has announced that it will be launching its own streaming service for its central brands, and another one for live sports. Richard Drew/AP Photo

When envisioning the future of TV, think of a shopping mall

Disney recently announced a forthcoming streaming service, leading some to wonder if the company is gearing up for a battle with Netflix. But not all streaming services are locked in a death match.
While the original Blade Runner provides some insight into artificial life, and the book explores power and human relationships, Blade Runner 2049 has none of that. (Handout)

Blade Runner 2049: No hope in this dystopia

Blade Runner 2049 represents a failure of the imagination. The film is a series of events strung together and steeped in narcissism, excessive self-absorption, isolation and regressive politics.
The city of Vancouver is set among a beautiful background, but the scenic wonder masks other problems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver’s urban conundrum: Let’s design better cities

Vancouver may be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but the president of Emily Carr University says the city could benefit from the discipline of design.
Foxconn was nominated for the 2011 Public Eye Award, which produced this image as part of its campaign to end labour exploitation. Greenpeace Switzerland/flickr

A bloody decade of the iPhone

The first ten years of the iPhone has been a bloody decade of labour abuse, especially in Chinese factories such as those run by Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer.
How much is too much screen time for kids? Dragon Images/Shutterstock

‘Screen time’ is about more than setting limits

For decades, parents have fretted over 'screen time,' limiting the hours their children spend looking at a screen. But as times change, so does media... and how parents should (or shouldn't) regulate it.
William Shatner as Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk is depicted on a commemorative stamp issued by Canada Post in 2016. Handout/Canada Post

Energy fuels Star Trek economy

Canada's economy faces a radical shift as abundant energy and resources could propel the country toward a Star Trek future.
Do you know who has the rights to access your digital data? And who might be interested in acquiring that information? West Point-US Military Academy/Flickr

Act now to protect your digital rights, Big Brother and his Little Sisters may be watching

Sooner or later, China will recognise the value of digital assets. This adds to the urgency of citizens ensuring they control the data trails that tell the world what they think and do.
One day after Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris accord on climate, EU and China issued a statement from Brussels that climate change and clean energy ‘will become a main pillar’ of their bilateral partnership. Reuters

Trump’s exit of Paris climate accord strengthens China and Europe

Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement strains international relations further and strengthens the resolve of other countries to move forward on climate without the US.
Seeking to make stories that surround us. 'Screen,' by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Robert Coover, Shawn Greenlee, Andrew McClain, and Ben "Sascha" Shine

The future is in interactive storytelling

People want video games and interactive experiences that help them explore deep and meaningful themes, such as creating family, valuing diversity and living responsibly.

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