Why TikTok (and Everyone Else) Is Singing Sea Chanteys

Why TikTok (and Everyone Else) Is Singing Sea Chanteys

The unironic embrace of something that feels old and ethereal also fits right in with the spirit of TikTok. But at the same time, collective culture consumption has been one of the hallmarks of the pandemic, from a collective obsession with Tiger King to “WAP.” Not to mention, gamers were singing chanteys while playing Sea of Thieves long before the pandemic hit.

FAO - News Article: One Planet – FAO’s work on biodiversity, One Health and climate

FAO - News Article: One Planet – FAO’s work on biodiversity, One Health and climate

With projects amounting to $796.2 million last year, FAO works around the world, from combatting deforestation in Argentina to rangeland restoration in the Sudan, to support the transition towards low-emission, sustainable food systems through climate-smart approaches, practices and techniques that preserve the environment and biodiversity, and at the same time, help build the resilience of millions of poor family farmers.

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

While it may be true that we all have an instinctive, evolutionary investment in seeing the next generation flourish (regardless of whether it includes any children of our own), I imagine that your more immediate concern is for your long-term viability in an economy that regards cultural capital and technological fluency as assets to one’s personal brand.

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

The Centre offers a range of investment support services helping countries to create long-term investment policies and plans, to design and implement investment projects with financing partners and to generate knowledge and build capacities related to investment.

A Farewell to Adobe Flash—and the Messy, Glorious Web

A Farewell to Adobe Flash—and the Messy, Glorious Web

Flash facilitated the personalization associated with Web 1.0 relics like Geocities, with users encouraged to manually “code, design, and manage” their website, in the words of architecture critic Kate Wagner, a state of affairs replaced by the corporate, professionally designed web that we cannot customize but must experience.

2020: The Year of Cancel(l)ed Culture

2020: The Year of Cancel(l)ed Culture

After a year in which we just wanted everything to go away, we’ve become experts, for good and ill, at mass cancellation—and that’s always spelled, for no good reason, with two Ls. Canceled Culture:.

FAO - News Article: Transforming agri-food systems to feed the world and tackle climate change

FAO - News Article: Transforming agri-food systems to feed the world and tackle climate change

14 December 2020, Rome - Feeding the world's growing population while limiting the impacts of climate change will require urgent and radical transformation of our agri-food systems, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said at a High-Level event commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Why 'Head Empty' Memes Are Dominating 2020

Why 'Head Empty' Memes Are Dominating 2020

“It’s probably no accident this stuff is cropping up at a time when there’s nothing but complications out there,” says Ryan Milner, a professor of internet culture at College of Charleston and author of 2017’s The World Made Meme.

Retro Gaming's Misogyny Is Brought to Light After a Violent Tragedy

Retro Gaming's Misogyny Is Brought to Light After a Violent Tragedy

Longtime members of the retro and arcade gaming scene say they warned community leaders and even police about Ferretti’s threatening behavior for years.For close to a decade, they say, Ferretti had harassed, stalked, and threatened gamers, particularly women, pushing some out of the niche gaming scene entirely.

The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

In the kind of topsy-turvy story that could only happen in 2020, the UX designer turned comedian is leveraging the fame she's garnered online during the Covid-19 pandemic to put together a special for the streaming giant.

From Ellen DeGeneres to Tom Hanks, QAnon Has Infiltrated the Hollywood Rumor Mill

From Ellen DeGeneres to Tom Hanks, QAnon Has Infiltrated the Hollywood Rumor Mill

Meanwhile, Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi, posted a text image on Instagram that said “I Stand With Ellen.” As a caption, she hashtagged: #StopBotAttacks.OK, a few major questions: Does Portia de Rossi believe that the criticism DeGeneres is facing is the result of disinformation-sowing automatons?

Charting a Future for People and Nature in Post-COVID India

Charting a Future for People and Nature in Post-COVID India

The group maintains that science and technology can provide important strategies to address these challenges, but they must be implemented in ways that foster human, social and ecological resilience.

What Would Happen If TikTok Was Banned?

What Would Happen If TikTok Was Banned?

LM : Yes. MC : And if you liked that book, I would recommend The Old Patagonian Express where he rides a train through South America.

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

The paper, written by Dr Stenton-Dozey along with NIWA scientist Jeffrey Ren, Phil Heath, formerly of NIWA, and Leo Zamora from the Cawthron Institute and published in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, had its origins in a four-year NIWA research programme into IMTA around salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Twitter Is at Its Best When Verified Accounts Can’t Tweet

Twitter Is at Its Best When Verified Accounts Can’t Tweet

Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, and a host of other Twitter mega-users had their accounts compromised Wednesday afternoon in what appeared to be an attempt to pull off a bitcoin scam.

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

When a company buys carbon offsets , it funds projects elsewhere to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as planting trees in Indonesia or installing giant machines inside California dairies that suck up the methane produced by burping and farting cows and turn it into a usable biofuel.

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

© Manuel Morales Roman Like many of the places where The Nature Conservancy works, Chiapas, Mexico, is a biodiversity hotspot under threat: as the fertility of existing agricultural lands decreases, the agricultural sector expands into bordering forests.

EBay’s Harassment Campaign Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum

EBay’s Harassment Campaign Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum

And this week, when the United States government filed one of most damning indictments in the history of Silicon Valley against eBay’s now-former officers, the company’s only comment was an unsigned four-paragraph statement distancing itself from the acts of its officials.

How to Make Government Trustworthy Again

How to Make Government Trustworthy Again

The story behind this divergence was obvious: The governments of South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore were prepared to test, to trace, and to isolate, and ours was not.

Hollywood Is About to Reopen. It Could Be Better Than Before

Hollywood Is About to Reopen. It Could Be Better Than Before

Announced this week by filmmaker Ava DuVernay , the Law Enforcement Accountability Project is an effort by DuVernay’s company Array to fund film, theater, literature, and other media focused on police violence.

Remote Work Has Its Perks, Until You Want a Promotion

Remote Work Has Its Perks, Until You Want a Promotion

People who have studied or practiced remote work say leaders like Zuckerberg and their executives will have to tear themselves from their Bay Area roots—in some cases physically—if they are to avoid making their new legions of remote workers second-class employees.

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

22 April 2020, Rome - While considerable resources are invested in seasonal forecasts and early-warning systems for food security, not enough is known about El Niño's impact on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, even though its name was given in the 1600s by fishers off the coast of Peru.

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Back in January, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicted the worst was still to come, and that by June, the size of the swarms could grow by a factor of 500.And now, at the worst time, a second wave of locusts 20 times bigger than the first has descended on the region, thanks to heavy rains late last month, according to the FAO.

GMOs Could be a Key to Sustainable Farming

GMOs Could be a Key to Sustainable Farming

Illustration: Alvaro DominguezBut unfortunately, the packages on my counter and elsewhere in my kitchen, like my fancy organic sauerkraut (“Our passion for healthy, natural living is reflected in all our products”), told me very little that was relevant to climate change .

The Coronavirus Could Put an End to Handshakes

The Coronavirus Could Put an End to Handshakes

In her joint research with anthropologist Neil Gerlach, Hamilton argues that we’re now living in an era of heightened disease awareness she calls ‘pandemic culture,’ and that it’s changing the way we hold ourselves in public and interact with each other in subtle ways.

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

28 February 2020, Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu became today one of the first signatories of a ethical resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) endorsed by Pope Francis, stressing the importance of minimizing this new technology's risks while exploiting its potential benefits.

How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

Plant enthusiasts like Nguyen will pay hundreds of dollars for a single pink princess, and wait lists from growers can form months in advance.The pink congo is not a variegated plant, like the striking pink princess philodendron, but a Cinderella plant—one that would return to an ordinary philodendron in a matter of time.

Dolly Parton's Meme Exposes Social Media's Masquerade

Dolly Parton's Meme Exposes Social Media's Masquerade

Marriage Story Proves Anything on Netflix Can Be a Meme Now. Digital Culture.On January 21, Parton—who is an internet savvy queen at 74— four images of herself on Instagram, each labeled with the name of a different social media platform.

Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs

Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs

That’s the conclusion of a new study by a group of British researchers who analyzed rates of change for popular songs, English literature, scientific papers, and car design.