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1. Facebook Harakiri It's been interesting to see how much Facebook has been in the news over the last few months, from the Ray-Ban tie-up to setting out the roadmap to the Metaverse. Many would argue that all PR is good PR, but the latest report from Facebook itself states that Instagram is toxic for teen girls. Its own in-depth research shows a significant teen mental-health issue that Facebook plays down in public. Social media, for me, has its place but needs to be limited. From the WSJ: "For the past three years, Facebook has been conducting studies into how its photo-sharing app affects its millions of young users. Repeatedly, the company’s researchers found that Instagram is harmful for a sizable percentage of them, most notably teenage girls. “We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls,” said one slide from 2019, summarizing research about teen girls who experience the issues. “Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression,” said another slide. “This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups.” Among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users traced the desire to kill themselves to Instagram, one presentation showed."  The Facebook Files, as they are being referred to won't go away anytime soon. The very fact that they had the knowledge on these issues for three years and hid it show there is a real need for the juggernaut to evolve to a new ethos. For us, use social media as a tool, turn off your notifications and don't let it own you.  Vox WSJ


2. Virtual Concerting  -  I remember quite vividly watching the video of the Tupac hologram supposedly risen from the dead performing as a hologram with Dr Dre and Snoop at Coachella in 2012. There have been similar follow up including Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley and if you play forward hologram technology, it might be easy to envision on-demand bespoke concerts delivered in your front room. We're not quite there yet but there are other routes to enjoying music in the future that doesn't involve just watching a concert to Zoom. From Fast Company: "A new startup aims to help musicians with a problem that’s familiar to anyone who works in a creative field: finding collaborators. Roar Studios is building a virtual metaverse focused around music, where people will be able to form bands from across the planet, compete in challenges, and perform in front of virtual audiences. Users will be able to play or practice solo or connect with other musicians from their existing networks or around the world. Like in other metaverse environments, which are the heirs to older, clunkier virtual worlds like Second Life, musicians will show up as digital avatars, which might seem hokey compared to playing together in a real-world garage or basement. But founder and CEO Eric Reid says he hopes that might reduce some of the self-consciousness that comes with playing with new collaborators for the first time and help some people who’ve otherwise been unable to find bandmates, whether for geographical or other reasons, start to play together." I feel that could evolve to a relationship with artists as the Metaverse take shape. Fast Company 
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