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July 16, 2016

Recommended Reading: How reliable are internet movie ratings?

by John_A

‘Ghostbusters’ is a
perfect example of
how internet movie
ratings are broken

Walt Hickey,

The reboot of the 1984 classic hits theaters this weekend, but the criticism of the new Ghostbusters has been flying for months. FiveThirtyEight takes a close look at internet ratings for the film as a way of showing that you shouldn’t always rely on those numbers when making a decision about which movie to see. “People put far too much faith in numbers that are preliminary, decontextualized and, in the end, oversimplified,” Hickey concludes.

“What do you mean, ‘Biblical’?”: Calculating the ‘Ghostbusters’ Twinkie in real life
J. Kenji López-Alt, Serious Eats

Ok, ok. I promise this will be the last Ghostbusters story I include. However, someone took the time to do the math on that mythical Twinkie, and the calculations are super interesting.

Solving all the wrong problems
Allison Arieff, The New York Times

New technology is making a lot of things easier, but it’s not addressing the real issues that need to solved. As Arieff notes, many of the so-called innovations only cater to a small portion of us, and some take care of the things our mothers used to do.

Hold your horses, virtual reality hasn’t come to live sports (not yet)
Kirsten Nelson, Gear Patrol

VR broadcasts of live sports have been around for a few months now, but the overall experience has a long way to go.

Taking photos at shows is messing with your memories
Amanda Wicks, Pitchfork

You’ve probably heard about the measures some acts are taking to curb people using their phones during performances, but does being quick to snap a selfie really affect your memories of the event?

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