Too many choices: should Netflix make more interactive stories?

After the success of Black Mirrors Bandersnatch, the streaming platform has revealed ambitions to use the decision-making dynamic for future projects Bandersnatch was many things. It was a Black Mirror episode. It was the first seamless, mainstream choose-your-own-adventure TV show. Its possibly how Benedict Cumberbatch pronounces his own surname after a heavy blow to the head. One thing it was not, however, was a one-off. True, Charlie Brooker might have ruled out making any more branching episodes of Black Mirror, Mumbai Bantams Choose Your Own Adventure books of the 80s and 90s, sci-fi overwhelms the list: theres Space and Beyond, Inside UFO 54-40, Prisoner of the Ant People, War With the Evil Power Master, War With the Mutant Spider Ants. …

I was at the Lorena Bobbitt trial 25 years later it still makes me wince

The 90s case of the woman who cut off her husbands penis has been brought vividly to life by an Amazon series. But what was most shocking was the culture clash between the sexes The chocolate penises lingered in the memory. I didnt need a television show to remind me of those. The zoo outside the Virginia courthouse, packed with satellite trucks, local entrepreneurs hawking what we didnt yet call merch (including that phallic confectionery), protestors, campaigners, sympathisers, rubberneckers and assorted hangers-on I remembered that, too. And the snow on the ground, the winter cold that was still there, somewhere in the recesses of my mind. But the more arcane details of the Lorena Bobbitt case, the personalities of the …

‘Time for the Chinese miracle’: Beijing’s new English language propaganda push

Campaign including confusing rap song and stilted video explainer coincides with the annual Two Sessions political conference Chinese state media Two Sessions, which began this week. Among the more intelligible lines is this: Monkey King to the West, legendary dragon to the sky, yall know its time for Chinese miracle. It goes on: Weve got Two Sessions, weve got Two Sessions for the fragrance were blessing, to the world we show our affection. Play Video 4:32 a Xinhua video, two women uncomfortably answer questions as they are quizzed on fun facts about the Two Sessions. In another video by Xinhua titled, Chinese democracy in the eyes of an American, a reporter for Xinhua says: It is widely acknowledged that a …