The first Applewatch reviews are out, and they’re worth reading. In this video, Farhad Manjoo from the New York Times says the watch is “merging digital technology with our body in a way we haven’t really seen before”. His conclusion: “The first Apple Watch may not be for you – but someday soon, it will change your world.”
But Business Insider has this useful round-up of reviews, which it characterises as ‘quietly brutal’. One of the most damning verdicts was from Bloomberg Business’s Joshua Topolsky, who rated the watch as a timepiece in the following way, “I’ve found the experience somewhat inferior to that with a conventional wristwatch, due to one small issue. The Apple Watch activates its screen only when it thinks you’re looking at it.” Wait, what?
In other news on the perils of using new technology, Madonna was supposed to premiere her new video on Meerkat. It failed, showing just a 500 error page. Her fans were not happy. It’s supposed to happen again today, but maybe don’t hold your breath.
On the intersection between gaming and journalism, the BBC has created a Syrian Journey: Choose your own escape route game highlighting the dangers faced by Syrian refugees. It cost just under 30,000 USD to create inhouse, but has been attacked as transforming human suffering into a ‘children’s game’.
Again, on the intersection between entertainment and journalism, here’s Alli Cope’s post on the Six Strangest Ways that Buzzfeed has Covered Iraq and ISIS.
Assignment: 400 word blogpost on debate motion “Facebook is a Force for Good”. Pick a side, either for or against the motion, and argue your corner.
The debate format will be as follows:
We will hold a vote on the motion before the debate begins. The first speaker (the proposer) will speak for 5 mins in favour of the motion, followed by the opposer speaking against the motion. Then the second speaker in each team (proposer’s seconder, opposer’s seconder) will speak for 5 minutes each. Then we will open the floor to questions from the floor, and each member of the class will ask a question. In that period, the debaters can answer questions directed to them, as well as rebutting the views of the other camp.
At the very end, the third member of each team will have a 5 minute period during which they will sum up why the audience should propose or oppose the motion. In that time, they can sum up the arguments as well as introducing new ideas, if they should wish to do so. Then we will hold the final vote.