Can Celebrity Activism Campaigns on Social Media Actually Make a Difference? Here’s What an Expert Thinks

Naomi Campbell And Benedikt Taschen Celebrate The Los Angeles Launch Of "Naomi" At Taschen Beverly Hills
Naomi Campbell And Benedikt Taschen Celebrate The Los Angeles Launch Of “Naomi” At Taschen Beverly Hills

TV personality Kim Kardashian and model Naomi Campbell take a selfie in 2016. Credit – Charley Gallay/Getty Images

The world of social media was a little quieter than usual on Wednesday: Celebrities ranging from Kim Kardashian West to Mark Ruffalo “froze” their Instagram accounts for 24 hours, to protest hate speech and misinformation being spread on Facebook, Instagram’s parent company.

“I can’t sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation,” wrote Kardashian West, who has 188 million Instagram followers, in a tweet on Tuesday, before encouraging her fans to join her.

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Semiconductors, Social Distancing & Scientific Stagnation

Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter about business, finance and economics. On the menu today: semiconductors, social distancing & scientific stagnation.

Moore’s Law, according to which computing power doubles roughly every two years, has long been the backbone of technological innovation. Smartphones and lightweight laptops were made possible by the steady downsizing of microchips, and, more recently, computationally intensive artificial intelligence-algorithms have gained widespread use thanks to advances in computing power.

While Gordon Moore was referring to central processing units (CPUs), the growth in computing power over the past decade has been driven by graphics processing units (GPUs). Initially intended for graphics-intensive games, GPUs now have the processing power needed for a wide range of AI applications and have thus displaced older chip technologies.

Naturally, the two GPU producers — Nvidia and AMD — have profited handsomely.

Now, Nvidia has agreed to a $40 billion purchase of

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Online learning provider Everfi makes $100 million commitment for curriculum that pushes for social change

Education has been a hot topic lately. There are questions about the impact remote learning will have on kids, and controversy swirling around President Donald Trump’s recent calls to end racial sensitivity training across federal agencies and clamp down on a New York Times initiative called the 1619 Project, used by some schools to teach the history of slavery and its far-reaching consequences. In short: There’s lots to talk and worry about. 

To be sure, this is also an opportunity to rethink and revamp how and what we teach, for those who seize it. Online learning platforms are seeing a boom, and technology in general is being incorporated in unprecedented ways, which is actually helping to broaden the reach of educators in some regions of the world. What’s more, despite the rhetoric from the White House, the current racial reckoning is leading many in the private sector to up their

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Bolsonaro Scraps Plans for Social Program Amid Budget Woes


Oppenheimer: 3 Stocks That Could Surge Over 100% From Current Levels

So far, September has been a wild ride of ups and downs. Following the recent bout of volatility, stocks have ticked higher again. But as uncertainty regarding another rescue program and the presidential election continues to linger, where does the market go from here? Weighing in for Oppenheimer, Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus argues that any market dips appear “relatively contained and orderly,” and present longer-term investors the chance to find “babies that got thrown out with the bathwater.” He noted, “For nervous investors the recent downdraft has presented opportunity to take some profits without FOMO (fear of missing out).”As for the tech heavyweights that powered the market’s five-month charge forward, the strategist believes “current expectations that technology stocks will remain under pressure for some time seem exaggerated.” Stoltzfus adds that the “core of technology stocks did not

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22 Awkward Social Situations You Might Experience During COVID-19 & How to Deal

After months of stay-at-home orders, many places are reopening now, and more people are venturing outside. Depending on your state, county, and city, you might be able to dine out at restaurants, order drinks at a bar, get your hair cut, and even go to a theme park in a few weeks.

This reopening and loosening of restrictions can cause a lot of conflicting feelings. You could be firmly on the excited side, happy to visit your favorite neighborhood spots and see friends again. Or you could be in the anxious camp, unsure that these reopenings are wise and still worried about health and safety conditions at those favorite neighborhood spots. Or you could waffle between the two sides, depending on the day, what news you’ve read, and your desire to both see your friends and family but also keep them safe.

It’s okay to have those feelings. We are

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Voting ‘super centers’ promise social distancing and efficiency, but prepare for lines

Even as Americans are expected to vote by mail in record numbers this fall, state and local election officials are scrambling to stand up dozens of in-person voting “super centers” in major U.S. cities across at least 14 states.

Many of the biggest centers will be housed in professional sports arenas, stadiums, convention centers and major hotels capable of hosting tens of thousands of voters safely during a pandemic.

Use of the facilities represents an unprecedented expansion of a vote-center model that allows local residents from any precinct to cast a ballot in person at a single location.

“We will be able to accommodate more voters at a quicker pace,” said Alice Miller, executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections. “There will be more machines — and more space.”

PHOTO: Alice Miller, executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections, says voters who plan to cast ballots in person

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Change how you approach social media in the post-COVID-19 world

No one really wins when a pandemic hits, but 2020 has been huge for social media. Entire populations have been encouraged or required to stay at home, concerned about infection risks, and feeling the need for connection even more than usual due to heightened uncertainty and anxiety. As a result, the shift of living our social lives online instead of IRL has sustained an alarming acceleration period.

And I’m not just talking about the massive growth in engaged usership on TikTok and Instagram. LinkedIn, the B2B social network, has also shown a huge spike in both the amount of published content and the volume of engagement with that content, according to data compiled by Transmission.

This opens up opportunities for marketers to enlarge their share of social attention, but only if you pay attention to the changing ways that consumers are using social media.

You can’t just unpause

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How to enjoy movies, games and more with friends online while social distancing

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

As the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, it can be tricky to maintain social ties and have fun with your family and friends. We all want to hang out and do things, but in the interests of everyone remaining healthy, that’s not an option for lots of people.

That said, while it’s still not wise to go to movies, concerts, or game nights with friends, there are still ways you can enjoy movies, music, and games with them. Here are some of the ways to enjoy these activities with friends online while maintaining a safe distance.

Games to play

The great thing about video games as is that almost all games and consoles have a social apparatus — meaning, a built-in way for you to

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Everything you need for a virtual hen-do as social distancing rules are tightened

While you might not be able to meet up, you can still have a hen-do to remember thanks to platforms like zoom, Smule and Paperless Post (iStock)
While you might not be able to meet up, you can still have a hen-do to remember thanks to platforms like zoom, Smule and Paperless Post (iStock)

Throughout the pandemic, chances are you probably know someone – or are someone – who has had to cancel, postpone or re-arrange a wedding.

For many couples, lockdown has been a trying time as a day of celebration and one they may have been looking forward to for a long time have been put on pause.

If you know someone in that predicament, we’ve already got you covered with small gifts you can send as a thoughtful present here. Although on 23 June prime minister Boris Johnson announced small weddings of up to 30 people can now take place in the UK, it still might not be the day some people had originally planned.

But for others, it’s become a time to revaluate

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Social media is a parasite, it bleeds you to live

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  • Social media apps are designed using the same psychology as casino slot machines. They entice you with menial rewards to keep you coming back, even when you know it’s doing you harm. 

  • When I deleted social media apps from my phone, I found myself newly endowed with time, mental bandwidth, and imagination that would have been lost to mindless “doomscrolling.”

  • You don’t need to go cold turkey, just stop giving the parasitic social media sites so much of your lifeblood and get the apps off your phone. 

  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

You don’t need social media, it needs you. 

It’s a parasite, its life force borne of your confessions, photos, memes, and soon-to-be-mortifying opinions. Perversely, it convinces you that feeding the social media beast  is essential to your mental health and career by

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