Posts Tagged ‘technology’
I made a thinkribution to The National Anthem, the first story in the Charlie-Brooker-yielded Channel 4 drama collection Black Mirror, but (a) barely perceptibly and so (b) you should watch it — with a caveat about adult themes.
- date/tx/channel: Sun 04 Dec/2100/C4
I’ve written a feature for the BBC News Magazine about how pub quizzes can survive the smartphone era.
“Text-messaging Is Destroying the Pub Quiz As We Know It, noted the Super Furry Animals in 2001. Little did they know that the pub quiz of 2011 would start with the host insisting: ‘OK, iPhones away, please. Yes, very clever – and Androids. All phones away.’
“Cheating has always been possible in pub quizzes. But while once the dishonest quizzer had to pop out to phone a friend, or wait for a text message reply, phones with fast internet access have taken cheating possibilities to a new level.”
- Related: a piece by me for the BBC about Google getting us to teach it to see.
- Sadly, I was only able to talk to Stuart Jeffries, who sets the King William’s College Quiz, after publication. Perhaps next time.
- The last time I talked quizzes for the BBC was in this report by the excellent Chris Vallance for Broadcasting House on Radio 4.
- Photo taken at Bekenscot Model Village.
- One type of question which there wasn’t room for was the Blurred Cover. Below are four best-sellers. But what are their titles and authors?