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  • Tue, 14 Jul 2020 06:00:43 +0000: I have secret cybersex with strangers. Will it bring my marriage crashing down? - Internet | The Guardian

    I want to stop, but the sexual thrill is intense. I still love and hugely desire my wife and know she would be horrified if she knew what I was doing

    I am a very happily married man in my 40s. In the past few years, I have been drawn into cybersex with women I meet in chatrooms. All of this happens under an assumed identity, with fake email accounts and incognito browsing. These started as random, one-off encounters, but more recently I have had repeated contact, first with a single mum and then, more recently, with a woman in her 20s. Our online encounters involve sex talk, masturbation and exchanging pictures. I often feel dreadful for days after these experiences, but I can’t stop going back.

    My wife and I still have sex, although nowhere near as often as we used to (her libido has dropped since we had children over the past 10 years). She would be horrified if she knew what I was doing. I worry that at some point my family life will come crashing down because of this. The guilt is huge, but it has not been enough for me not to go back. I also feel I would be letting the other women down if I stop. I want to stop, but the sexual thrill is intense. I love and still hugely desire my wife, but I wish we had sex more and were as adventurous as we used to be. I even fantasise about her doing the same thing.

    Pamela Stephenson Connolly is a US-based psychotherapist who specialises in treating sexual disorders.

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  • Mon, 13 Jul 2020 05:00:01 +0000: The 'cancel culture' war is really about old elites losing power in the social media age | Nesrine Malik - Internet | The Guardian

    Those decried as ‘online mobs’ are mostly people who’ve never been able to influence conversations about their own fates

    Whenever I talk to people who are suddenly concerned about “cancel culture” or “online mobs”, my first thought is always: “Where have you been for the last decade?” I’ve been online long enough and, like many others, been receiving criticism and abuse online for long enough, to know that what some see as a new pattern of virtual censure by moral purists is mostly a story about the internet, not ideology or identity.

    If critics of “cancel culture” are worried about opinions, posts and writings being constantly patrolled by a growing group of haters, then I am afraid they are extremely late to the party. I cannot remember a time where I have written or posted anything without thinking: “How many ways can this possibly be misconstrued, and can I defend it if it were?” It’s not even a conscious thought process now, it’s instinct.

    Related: Rowling, Rushdie and Atwood warn against ‘intolerance’ in open letter

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  • Sun, 12 Jul 2020 14:00:16 +0000: Pass the green screen, granny! The comics pushing homemade videos to new heights - Internet | The Guardian

    Comedians’ old YouTube skits are enjoying a revival in lockdown. And now standups are returning to online video – to push its possibilities even further

    At a house party in the north-east of England, teenagers are congregating around a computer, reciting the words to a video made by Picnicface, a group of Canadian comics. It’s an absurd spoof of a tourism advert, with clip art and photos flying across the screen while a hawk screams in our faces. The year is 2008, a time when comedians all over the world began adapting their humour for the internet.

    With easy access to quality cameras and microphones still a few years off, a lot of these videos are lo-fi, but no less funny for it. Picnicface have a honed but homemade style. Their videos, including an extreme advert for a drink called Powerthirst that gives you “menergy”, are now clocking up hundreds of thousands of views. Jon Lajoie’s 2007 rap spoof Everyday Normal Guy is also enjoying a renaissance: “I can’t afford a car, I use public transportation / I don’t mind, I read till I reach my destination.”

    It's a reminder that you don’t need pro quality to make something hilarious

    Everything I shoot has to be head to chest because I can't go any further back in my room

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  • Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:00:15 +0000: Let a jury decide what content should appear on social media - Internet | The Guardian

    As we can’t trust the bosses of the digital giants, why not ask ordinary people to evaluate ads?

    One of the most instructive experiences of my life was serving as a juror in a criminal trial. When the summons to report for jury service arrived, though, I was anything but enthusiastic. I was bringing up two young children on my own at the time and the last thing I needed was to be locked down for an unknown number of days. So I headed into the crown court feeling pretty glum.

    The trial was a serious one: the charge was of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. It went on for two weeks. A number of witnesses gave evidence, much of which seemed (to me) unconvincing, sometimes contradictory, occasionally horrifying. We learned more about what goes on at night in an economically depressed East Anglian town than is good for anyone. And then, when the lawyers and the judge had summed up, we retired to reach a verdict.

    Empanel juries of high-school seniors and their teachers to provide a system that could be scaled up to match the task

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  • Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:15:14 +0000: 'Cute but cruel': the crime drama hailed a Chinese TV milestone - Internet | The Guardian

    Hidden Corner has rapidly become one of the country’s most discussed and watched shows

    In the hit Chinese web series, Hidden Corner, a children’s song presages the show’s most violent moments.

    “Under the blue, blue skies, in the silver river is a small white boat,” three young children sing tremulously, looking into a camera propped up on the mountainside where they have just hiked on a clear summer day. In the background, a man is taking a photo of his elderly in-laws posed against bright green foliage. He adjusts their legs and hands, pauses and then pushes them off the cliff.

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