Fortnite’s black hole teases the future of entertainment

As audiences have embraced on-demand video services, algorithmic feeds, and an ever-growing number of digital “things to do,” our collective attentions have become hyper-fragmented. Yet we know that audiences actually love shared live experiences. Jeopardy is more fun watched with others. Movies are funnier in a packed theater. It’s hard to enjoy sporting events that happened hours earlier The durability of this appeal spans generations: Boomers watched the moon landing together, Generation X witnessed the end of M*A*S*H, and millennials recently collectively viewed (and complained about) the ending to Game…

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Giant steps for (wo)mankind to secure US space future

Many women working in the United States commercial space industry are leaving, jeopardising future competitiveness. It is not up for debate. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is committed to both sending at least one woman to the moon in 2024, and sustaining a crewed United States presence there. But the commercial space industry that NASA must rely on – now more than ever, to get back to the lunar surface and stay – has a workforce sustainability problem. Bridenstine pulled no punches in July when he told a US congressional hearing…

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