If you asked any average 17 year old what the name of that online streaming service that they watch their favorite shows on is called, there’s a decent chance some of them would say “Netflix and chill”. That’s how much the meme has soaked into the culture.
Well finally somebody took the viral term to the real life brick and mortar of Netflix in Los Gatos, California according to the Verge.
From the Verge:
“While not the official Netflix headquarters sign, the sign appears to be located near the company’s main building just south of San Jose. Reddit user nicktrvs, who spotted the sign three days ago, reported that it was painted over within a few hours.”
The mothership is hit, I repeat, the mothership is hit pic.twitter.com/aSRfx8e5yZ
— KStreetHipster (@KStreetHipster) November 3, 2015
What do you think? Should Netflix just change its name already to embrace its cuddling side?
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By Courtney Anderson
Like any other socially conscious person who is suffering from racial fatigue, I spent this week becoming addicted to Pokémon Go as a means of escaping my reality.
While this strategy has mostly worked (it’s much more fun looking up poké stops than it is looking up statistics of police brutality), playing Pokémon Go has actually alerted me to real-life issues I was working to disassociate from.
And, as usual, these real-life issues are somehow connected to issues of racial discrimination, economic disparities, and other social ills that have managed to permeate every aspect of my life.
So, without further ado, here is a list of observations I’ve had while playing Pokémon Go in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, that made my racism alarm go off a little bit.
- The layout and transportation problems in the city make playing way too hard for certain folks.
Pokémon Go is a game that is designed to make players walk around.
The best way to catch Pokémon and find poké stops is to walk from place to place.
Because of the fact that Pokémon can pop up at any time while you are playing, it’s best that you’re able to stop moving or move faster at any given moment.
Parts of Memphis make that basic requirement of Pokémon Go very difficult.
First of all, it’s a sprawling city; its layout consists of seemingly endless flat land and forever-long streets. You need a car to get almost everywhere.
If you’re playing Pokémon Go in Memphis, you’ve probably had to hop in your car a few times.
And unless you want to get knocked off of the road, you’re driving at least ten miles above the posted speed limit.
Catching Pokémon becomes much more difficult when you have to use your car (and waste your gas and gas money) to get to the nearest poké stop.
Not to mention that fact that some of the streets of Memphis are filled with so many potholes that driving over them feels like an assault on your car’s tires and alignment.
“But, Courtney, how are bad roads and spaced-out areas a problem based in racial and/or economic discrimination?”
Thanks for asking.
Well, to put it simply, it’s because the raggedy roads and spaced-out areas mostly affect poor and Black people.
It’s no secret that the worst roads and the most spread-out areas of the city are in predominantly Black neighborhoods.
Places like Bartlett and Germantown, which are famously white, are more likely to have smooth roads and closer stores and such.
Meanwhile, driving down certain parts of Elvis Presley feel like you’re jumping on a pogo stick.
And the further into the hood you get, the less likely you are to see groupings of stores, restaurants etc.
It’s mostly empty buildings.
It’s a fact that is so widely accepted that even city officials make jokes about it (and they really have no business joking about that, but that’s another post for another day).
Even more obviously, having spaced-out, sprawling areas sucks for people who can’t afford to waste gas money. Or to buy a car, for that matter. And public transit in Memphis has always left a lot to be desired.
Besides, who is going to try to catch the MATA just to catch a Charmander? The sprawling nature of Memphis is a feature that effectively excludes poor people from playing the game.
2. All the poké stops are in the bourgeoisie parts of town.
Speaking of Bartlett and Germantown, you’re much more likely to find poké stops in those areas than you are in other (mostly Black) areas of town.
For example, today I went poké stop hunting because I’m on Level 6 and I ran out of poké balls (which made me panic more than I care to admit).
I live on Sycamore View, so Bartlett is down the street for me. And while I don’t excitedly drive down Bartlett Road often (because Bartlett police are no joke), I got pretty excited when I saw there was seven poké stops in a two-mile radius.
But my excitement died away when I thought about my experience playing the game this weekend and how different it was.
This weekend, I spent most of my time on Mill Branch Road, which is in Whitehaven.
And for those who don’t live in Memphis, Whitehaven is a misnomer; it is not a haven for white folks, but rather a predominantly Black and poor area of Memphis.
Anyway, when I tried to play the game in Whitehaven this weekend, I was annoyed by the fact that there was nary a poké stop around. Not one.
But Bartlett has seven in a two-mile radius? *side-eyes*
“Okay, but that’s probably just a coincidence, Courtney. You’re probably just reading too much into that.”
Maybe. But it’s hard not to read into things when there’s an established pattern of leaving poor Black people out of the fun and giving all the goods to the well-off, white areas.
3. All the Pokémon seem to be in bourgeoisie parts of town.
Besides there being no poké stops in the hood, there doesn’t seem to be many Pokémon in the hood, either.
I don’t know if this a quirk of the development or just my racial anxiety acting up, but I’ve found that I am much more likely to catch Pokémon in areas like the two I keep having to mention.
I find it odd that I can walk into a McDonald’s in Bartlett and have six Pokémon just show up, but that walking into several buildings and stores in Frayser turns up nothing.
This phenomenon could serve as an example of the racial and economic discrimination Pokémon Go plays into.
All these observations have been disconcerting to say the least.
But the major problem/racism-alarm-triggering-issue I’ve had while playing this game is one that others have previously pointed out.
4. I can’t play Pokémon Go without feeling like I’ll get stopped by a cop.
That may just be a personal problem, but the seemingly never-ending list of black people who were killed by police for doing mundane things make this seem like not a personal problem.
With me being Black and all that, I feel like I already have a “Hey, police officers, come stop me for almost absolutely no reason,” sign hanging on my back.
“Like I said, Courtney, you’re probably just reading too much into this.”
And like I said earlier, coincidences are hard to find in a society that values whiteness and wealth over blackness and not-wealth.
Even something as frivolous as Pokémon Go can reflect racism and other inequalities.
And, as someone who is keenly aware of this inequalities, it’s difficult for me to just let it all go and focus on getting a Pikachu (because I will get a Pikachu, damn it.)
Look, as much as I would like to frolic around and play Pokémon Go like everyone else seems to be able to, I can’t.
I guess I’ll either just have to deal with what I feel while playing or stop playing entirely.
And I’m too far along to stop playing entirely.
Besides, I still have to get my Pikachu.
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By Daniel Mirolli (originally published on Medium)
Before people begin lobbing thermal detonators my way I’ve actually thought long and hard about this and tonight’s trailer release simply confirms my suspicions. Yes, much of this is speculation. Duh! None of us have seen the film and I’m not privy to any information that isn’t available to everyone.
So if you’re reading this before the release and I turn out to be right then, SERIOUS MIDICHLORIAN-SHATTERING SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
If not then the odds you’ve wasted a few minutes listening to a member of your fandom unsuccessfully navigate a trailer release are approximately 3,720 to 1.
So, here’s 10 reasons why Luke is to Kylo as Finkle is to Einhorn.
1. The Poster
You know, this poster. The poster everyone flipped their Force about because Luke isn’t in it.
But he IS in it. I know that’s a “he said, she said” game but let’s do a head count.
Rey, Finn, and Poe? Check.
Han & Leia? Check.
C-3PO & Chewie? Check.
R2 & BB8? *beep* *boop* *whir*
Luke? …Luke? ….Beuler?
Be honest, does it make any sense to not have Mark Hamill in your poster for a movie that will cause box office records to pull an Alderaan (too soon)? Abrams and the rest of the Disney / Lucas Film studio aren’t thinking, well…
I would love it if there is someone at Lucasfilm right now going: “Oh Shi**. We forgot Luke Skywalker.”
— Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) October 19, 2015
There’s more to this but for now let’s move on to —
2. The Cowl
We’re dealing with two ancient and opposing, albeit evidenced, religions in the Star Wars universe; Jedi vs Sith. Mysticism, symbolism, and color are very important. There’s a “reason” Jedi fight in bathrobes instead of a more combat ready, blaster repelling, MJOLNIR Mark VI armour (sweet Cortana, someone please create that side fiction) and it’s, “our Jedi Order says so”. Everything is to align itself with the ideas and mythos of their side of the force.
Taken from the second trailer released for the upcoming film there’s little doubt that this is Luke and his trusty companion R2-D2 — the mechanical right hand is a dead giveaway for that. But look at the cowl the character is wearing.
Remember in Episode VI when Luke faced off against Vader in the final fight? He wore an all black outfit (actually throughout the entire film). Why this shouldn’t give us pause, let’s go back to Episode III.
As Anakin progress in his use of the Force and his eventual awakening to the dark side his outfit begins to incorporate more black. I’m sure another fan will correct me on this but none of the Jedi Counsel, with the exception of Shaak Ti (and sometimes Kit Fisto) who is a certifiable badass, wear black.
The Jedi gravitate towards browns, tans, and whites; unassuming colors to help combat the pride that leads to comparison, anger, hate, suffering, and Yoda-speak. In The Return of The Jedi we see Luke wearing all black, facing off against his father, and being told to give into his hatred. Despite Luke’s dismissal of the Emperor’s offer there is a part of him intrigued by the dark side of the force — at the very least the desire to get shit done on his own (see: leaving the Ewok enclave to confront Vader mano y mano). Which leads us to
3. The Timeline
We know from the trailer that many years have passed between VI and VII. Luke changing sides is not something that would happen over night. Like his father, he needs time to strike out on his own and attempt to establish real change in the galaxy by defeating the Empire and establishing the Alliance (like Anakin initially did in the Clone Wars). But the Alliance is just that, an alliance! It requires the independent choice of a multitude of people, a change that takes much longer to realize than the bending of galactic will to a particular vision.
But that is a more effective route and it provides Luke more control. Remember when Luke was training on Degoba what Yoda says to him?
Luke is Anakin’s son. He has the same rebellious, assertive, Type-A tendencies. Now imagine, you’ve just defeated the Empire. The Rebel Alliance is in shambles but victorious. The Empire still has the more fire power. Coruscant is a distant legend. There is sudden peace and no clear leader. Chaos ensues with the Outer Rim warlords seizing the power vacuum left by the Empire. You have to try to remake the galaxy into the prosperous and functioning system it was before there was war, all without using the Force for attack, or a clone army and armada that you quite literally just inherited.
How long before you’d convince yourself you’d get more good done by using this once evil force to unite every world under a single banner? How long before you then had to rely on the Force for attack? How long before Yoda’s admonition for control became validation for your desire to control whole worlds?
4. Mark’s Age
Back to practicality, Mark Hamill is old. Yes, Harrison Ford is older but that’s like comparing Achilles and Hector. We know from Abrams’ behind the scenes videos that he’s a fan of analog and puppetry over CGI. We also know that the force affords its practitioners sustained mobility in old age. To me, that means that while we know Mark did suffer an injury on set, it would behove Abrams to have a stunt double option for Mark readily available for all action scenes and that’s much easier if your old actor chooses to wear a mask.
5. Kylo Ren
So what do we actually know about this guy? According to the Star Wars Wiki, Kylo Ren was born sometime after the Battle of Endor. And while initial assumptions are that he was physically born after the Battle of Endor we also know one very important thing:
Kylo Ren is a title.
We also know that, while serving under Snoke in the Knights of Ren he was obsessed with Vader and is believed to have modeled his look and behavior after him. It is not a stretch to imagine Luke recognizing the frustration his father saw in establishing a new order and following in his footsteps.
6. Yin and Yang Film Cycle
If you haven’t caught on to this yet, the Star Wars franchise oscillates between a Sith and Jedi dominated story line, influenced by the Yin and Yang culture which the originally story was likely plagiarized from (The Hidden Fortress).
Odd Episodes = Sith Wins
Even Episodes = Jedi Wins
Episode VII will be a win for the Sith. And while there’s no guarantee that the new Disney/Lucas Films mashup will stop printing money at Episode IX the franchise does operate on a trilogy cycle. Which means that either Episode IX has to end with the Sith winning or something really interesting has to happen. But how does this all come together?
Queue Star Wars Magic:
7. The Pledge
Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary but of course… it probably isn’t.
Despite how new the 3rd trailer looked, we’ve been here before. New characters are introduced (Rey, Poe, BB8), someone discovers they can use the force (Finn), a baddie is revealed (Kylo), and we “rediscover” a wise mentor (He-Who-Shoots-First Han). This is identical to Episode I and IV.
From what I can gather, Force Awakens begins with the First Order beginning to fill the power vacuum left by the fighting through a unified assault (using Empire weapons and armada). The Jedi are viewed as a myth as evidenced by Han needing to affirm that all the stories actually took place. It’s true. The Dark Side. The Jedi.
In Force Awakens, Han plays the role of Yoda in Episode V — he knows about the past and a crucial detail to the present (one that he doesn’t reveal). And that’s fine, because we’re still meeting the new characters and learning how the world works. We’re establishing assumptions based on what we can glean from the plot until —
8. The Turn
The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled.
Episode II, V, VIII. Anakin turns, Vader is Luke’s father, Kylo is Luke. This is a far more compelling story line that simply a new bad guy is bad and Luke is absently being a hermit because Obi Wan.
Imagine walking out of the theatre on December 18th. You’ve just witnessed the First Order run train on the free world(s). Poe is a funny pilot. Finn is the most relatable and powerful character you’ve seen in a while. And Rey is a badass testament to Feminism (and ultimately Humanism) everywhere.
And while Han has been able to provide great intel on Kylo Ren and the First Order no one seems to be asking where this guy came from or what really happened to Luke.
But Han remembers. He remembers how he and Luke had initially set off to rebuild the galaxy together. How they had become frustrated after years of seeing little progress, already exhausted from their fight against the Empire. He remembers how Luke would disappear on missions, dressed in all black, saying that because he could use the Force he was better suited for single stealth missions. He remembers the unease Leia felt whenever she was around Luke. He remembers the first time he found the mask, in the floorboards of Luke’s X-Wing, and wondered who it belonged to.
Han knows who Kylo Ren is. He’s the sacrifice of principles for ambition. He’s the abandonment of freedom for control. He’s a friend turned an enemy — born out of the Battle of Endor. He’s Luke Skywalker.
9. The Prestige
But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”
Episode I, III, VI, IX. The birth of a chosen one, the hope of new life, the redemption of a father, the redemption of a son. Luke being Kylo affords the franchise an incredible opportunity; conversion. Remember the pattern of film victors? We’re set up to have the Sith win in XI. While that might make sense to usher in another three films, it’s entirely possible it ends with IX.
Episode IX allows for Luke to look himself in the mirror. Who knows what traumatic event this will be? Perhaps Leia will die? Or another pivotal character? The point here is that we get to see why Luke is like his father and, hopefully, better than Vader. Anakin died as Vader but Luke could still die as Luke. Remember, the battle of Jedi vs Sith is at base a religious conflict over the use of the Force. This is a battle won with ideas more than brute strength. If Luke destroys the idea of Kylo and the Sith, the Jedi (and by extension the Alliance it established and protected) win.
Because let’s be honest, this battle looks like it’s only going to go one way…
10. Abrams — The Easter Egg King
Let’s face it, the guy loves leaving gotcha clues throughout his movies. As a fan I enjoy this. But, remember that poster from the beginning? The masked Kylo Ren ominously looming over everyone makes me wonder if Abrams didn’t purposefully request that poster to be able to point fans back to at the end of Episode VIII. Just a thought.
Alternative Theory — Clones!!!
I have to give my roommate credit for this one as he’s actually read the Timothy Zahn series of VII-IX. He pointed out that the final installment of that series, The Last Command, sees Luke encounter a clone of himself.
“Yes, Jedi Skywalker,” C’baoth said quietly from behind him. “He is you. Luuke Skywalker, created from the hand you left behind in the Cloud City on Bespin. Wielding the lightsaber you lost there.”
And what did we see in the released trailer tonight? Luke’s original lightsaber — lost on Cloud City during his battle with its former master.This story was originally published on Medium.
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Students at Emory University in Atlanta woke up to their campus defaced with pro Donald Trump chalkings and graffiti.
According to multiple students, the chalkings were reported all over the campus and are suspected by some to be racially motivated.
According to Emory student Zoe Lampru, some of the chalkings were found on each step leading up to the office of the newly created Centro Latino, which according to its website seeks to “provide inclusion for the Emory community and support the intellectual, personal, leadership and social development of the Latin@/Hispanic community at Emory.”
Showing how widespread the chalkings were on the campus of the small private university, the Tab reports that the graffiti was located on every title surrounding Asbury Circle, another gathering place.
Trump, the front-runner for the Republican Presidential nomination has come to the political fore in part by inflaming racial divisions in the country and by attacking Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, disabled Americans and women among other groups.
Emory is not new to controversy on matters involving race.
The university’s President James Wagner is still not trusted by many minority students according to Lampru because of the 2013 research paper he authored that included a section lauding the Three-Fifths Compromise in the Constitution that relegated slaves to sub-human status for matter of census counting.
Wagner thought the Compromise was a good example of how to work towards incremental change.
LatinAction, a grassroots student activist organization at Emory issued a statement condemning the university for allowing the chalkings to happen.
“Throughout campus, Black and Brown students, and other affected student populations, have spoken out in outrage and distress,” the statement reads in part. “We NEVER get to have a break. We NEVER get an escape from the daily violence and marginalization that we consistently experience on campus.
“And now we are being attacked by the very real danger we feel of a Nazi reincarnate potentially rising to power in this country,” the statement continues. “We are outraged and distressed with this rhetoric and these attacks on minority students at Emory. Therefore, we at LatinAction stand in solidarity with the NAACP and the Black, Latinx, Muslim, Jewish, and disabled communities who are affected and face consequences with Trump as a presidential candidate.”
Kainath Merchant is a Emory student who came upon the chalkings this morning on her way to class.
“At first I didn’t pay much attention to it because students frequently write messages on the ground in chalk to advertise events or organizations, but when I paid closer attention, there were messages that said “TRUMP” or “TRUMP 2016” or “TRUMP FOR PREZ” every five feet,” Merchant said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “They were on benches, sidewalks, and even on every single step going up the the Dobbs University Center. I was so furious I felt myself trembling.”
Lampru said that she was disappointed that the university didn’t respond to the chalkings and believes that it “has selective ways to react” when dealing with racial issues on campus.
“We are angry and determined to bring to light the violence that we experience,” the statement from LatinAction reads. “We are demanding that Emory University speak out and act on this attack on students and the vandalization of our university. We will not be silent. We are here and we deserve to feel safe in this institution of learning that claims to uphold the values of diversity and inclusion. Emory, your call. #EmoryYourInnerRacistIsShowing #StuckIn1836 #EmoryAgainstTrump #EmoryAgainstRacism”
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