22 May 5 Friyays – May 22
Hey folks! I hope wherever you are in the world you are healthy and well. It’s the Friday before a holiday weekend here in the US, so it’s a short workday and long weekend ahead for me. I’ve got an eclectic Friyay list for you – it was easier to find things to chat about this week.
The Last of the Some Good News
Sad news this week, when our resident internet hero John Krasinski announced that this week would be the last episode (for now) of Some Good News. It was a beautiful community episode and John’s point rings true – the good is in us and all around us. It was there all along. He just put a spotlight on it. Here’s hoping the Some Good News community continues long after.
Art from Yelp (It’s a Thing)
One of the funniest things I saw this week was an artist who created posters for US National Parks with the words from their worst review on Yelp. During these times, it can be hard to find things to laugh about, but some of these reviews are priceless. My favorite has to be the person who reviewed the Grand Canyon with “A hole. A very, very large hole.”
Just Wear a Mask
I try not to get too political on here but I feel there is little room for argument on the subject of masks in public. We talk about gender a lot here at AR, and it’s not surprising to me that recent research shows that men are statistically less likely to wear masks because it negatively impacts their perception of masculinity. Recent surveys show that masks can give you 75% protection. They protect you from others, and they protect others from you. Plus there are so many fashionable choices – get an American flag, or your favorite sports team, or video game. Heck, they even have super manly camouflage ones. There is so little we can do to control this virus, but one thing we can do, is wear a mask when we go out.
Lost in Translation – From Book to Screen
Dr. Kristen and I were both very excited about Netflix’s new limited series on business magnate Madame C.J. Walker. She’s a figure often left out of the history of business, women, and Black women in this country. We were thrilled to see her story getting much deserved attention. Until we read this article. It’s an important lesson in how movies/shows get made, and how hard it can be to get it right.
The ‘Essential’ Workers in TV and Film
On the flip side of that Netflix production, I read an article in the Hollywood Reporter about Netflix’s new ad campaign in Los Angeles. In addition to setting up a $150 million hardship fund for crew members, their new billboards highlight all those that do the behind-the-scenes work on making sure our favorite tv and movies get made. Fair play, Netflix!
That’s my Friyays for this week! Enjoy the long weekend if you have one and be well!