Posts tagged with "The New York Times"

Ocasio-Cortez urges Senate to launch ‘active investigations’ into Alito January 6 flag reports

May 23, 2024

On Wednesday, May 22, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) called on Senate Democrats to launch “active investigations” into two separate reports that flags associated with the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol were on display outside Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s home, reports The Hill.

“What we are seeing here is an extraordinary breach of not just the trust and the stature of the Supreme Court, but we are seeing a fundamental challenge to our democracy,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview on MSNBC’s  All in with Chris Hayes on Wednesday.

Samuel Alito has identified himself with the same people who raided the Capitol on January 6 and is now going to be presiding over court cases that have deep implications over the participants of that rally,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “And while this is the threat to our democracy, Democrats have a responsibility for defending our democracy.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks come after The New York Times that a flag toted by rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, was at one point displayed outside the vacation home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

An “Appeal to Heaven” flag—which has origins dating back to the Revolutionary War but is associated with Christian nationalism and “Stop the Steal” efforts today—was seen flying outside Alito’s New Jersey beach home in July and September 2023, the Times reported, around the same time that a high-profile January 6 case arrived at the Supreme Court.

The report comes just days after the Times reported that an upside-down American flag flew outside Alito’s Virginia home in January 2021—around the time when rioters stormed the Capitol just as Congress was set to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 election win over former President Trump.

The upside-down flag is also associated with the “Stop the Steal” movement that emerged from false election fraud claims in 2020. Alito said his wife hung the flag during a spat with neighbors.

In the Wednesday interview, the New York progressive said that Democrats, who have a slim majority in the Senate but are in the minority in the House, should not wait until the next election to investigate Alito in the hope of winning both chambers.

Ocasio-Cortez said Senate Democrats should launch investigations immediately.

“I don’t even think that we have to wait until we have a Democratic House majority because we have a Democratic Senate majority,” she said, adding, “In the Senate, we have gavels. There should be subpoenas going out. There should be active investigations that are happening.”

While Democrats, she said, are preparing to take the House majority and launch a “broader effort to stand up” for democracy, “I also believe that, when Democrats have power, we have to use it.”

“We cannot be in perpetual campaign mode. We need to be in governance mode. We need to be in accountability mode with every lever that we have,” she continued, “because we cannot take a Senate majority for granted, a House majority for granted, or a White House for granted.”

“And every single minute matters, and we have to use our power when we have it.”

Research contact: @thehill

Scientists calculated the energy needed to carry a baby. Shocker: It’s a lot.

May 20, 2024

It takes a lot of energy to grow a baby. Just ask anyone who has been pregnant. But scientists are only now discovering just how much, reports The New York Times.

In a study published on Thursday, May 16, in the journal, Science, Australian researchers estimated that a human pregnancy demands almost 50,000 dietary calories over the course of nine months. That’s the equivalent of about 50 pints of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream, and significantly more than the researchers expected.

Previous estimates were lower because scientists generally assumed that most of the energy involved in reproduction wound up stored in the fetus, which is relatively small.

But Dustin Marshall, an evolutionary biologist at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and his students have discovered that the energy stored in a human baby’s tissues accounts for only about 4% of the total energy costs of pregnancy. The other 96% is extra fuel required by a woman’s own body.

“The baby itself becomes a rounding error,” Marshall says. “It took us a while to wrap our heads around that.”

This discovery emerged from Marshall’s long-running research on metabolism. Different species have to meet different demands for energy. Warm-blooded mammals, for example, can maintain a steady body temperature and stay active even when the temperature drops.

But being warm-blooded also has drawbacks. Maintaining a high metabolic rate requires mammals to constantly feed the furnace. A coldblooded snake, in contrast, can go weeks between meals.

Marshall set out to compile a complete inventory of the energy consumed by dozens of species over the course of their lives. He recognized that most females must not only fuel their own bodies, but must also put additional energy into their offspring.

When Marshall began looking into the costs of reproduction, he couldn’t find solid numbers. Some researchers had guessed that indirect cost—that is, the energy females use to fuel their own bodies while pregnant—might come to only 20% of the direct energy in the baby’s tissues. But Marshall didn’t trust their speculation.

He and his students set out to estimate the costs for themselves. They scoured the scientific literature for information such as the energy stored in each offspring’s tissues. They also looked for the overall metabolic rate of females while they were reproducing, which scientists can estimate by measuring how much oxygen the mothers consume.

“Folks were just poodling along, collecting their data on their species, but no one was putting it together,” Marshall says. By aggregating such data, the researchers estimated the costs of reproduction for 81 species, from insects to snakes to goats.

They found that the size of an animal has a big influence on how much energy it needs to reproduce. Microscopic animals called rotifers, for example, require less than a millionth of a calorie to make one offspring. By contrast, a white-tailed deer doe needs more than 112,000 calories to produce a fawn.

The metabolism of a species also plays a part. Warm-blooded mammals use three times the energy that reptiles and other coldblooded animals of the same size do.

The biggest surprise came when Dr. Marshall and his students found that in many species, the indirect costs of pregnancy were greater than the direct ones.

The most extreme results came from mammals. On average, only 10% of the energy a female mammal used during pregnancy went into its offspring.

“It shocked me,” Marshall said. “We went back to the sources many times because it seemed astonishingly high based on the expectation from theory.”

David Reznick, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California-Riverside, who was not involved in the study, was also startled at how high the indirect cost could get. “I wouldn’t have guessed that,” he said.

And yet what surprised him even more was that Marshall’s team was the first to pin down these numbers. “It is disarming,” he said. “You think, someone has done this before.”

The study offers clues about why some species have higher indirect costs than others. Snakes that lay eggs use much less indirect energy than snakes that give birth to live young. The live-bearing snakes have to support embryos as they grow inside their bodies, whereas egg-laying mothers can get their offspring out of their bodies faster.

There may be a number of reasons why mammals pay such high indirect costs for being pregnant. Many species build a placenta to transfer nutrients to their embryos, for example. Marshall suspects that humans pay a particularly high cost because women stay pregnant longer than most other mammals do.

Marshall says that the new results may also explain why female mammals put so much effort into caring for their young after they’re born: because they put in so much effort during pregnancy.

“They’ve already got massive sunk costs in the project,” Marshall says.

Research contact: @nytimes

Students show up to graduation, find commencement speaker is an AI robot

May 17, 2024

You’d hope that universities would celebrate their students’ graduation with a memorable ceremony. But for the graduating class at D’Youville University in Buffalo, New York, last weekend, their commencement was arguably one to forget, reports Futurism.

With Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock” blasting the auditorium, the institution brought a humanoid AI-powered robot on stage to address the over 2,000 bright-eyed youths in attendance.

Dressed in a D’Youville hoodie and with its brain exposed, Sophia, as the robot is called, spun-off generic advice in dry, synthetically-inflected tones. It did not give a scripted speech, but answered questions from the emcee. The whole charade drew “mixed reactions” from the crowd, The New York Times reportswith many students feeling downright insulted.

“Congratulations to all the graduating students,” Sophia intoned, at one point brandishing a creepy, full-toothed grin.

The university contends that it had very serious and lofty intentions in its hiring of a robot speaker—and didn’t just cheap out on trying to get someone famous.

“We wanted to showcase how important technology is and the potential for technology to really enrich the human experience,” Lorrie Clemo, president of D’Youville, told the Times.

Many students didn’t feel that way. When the university announced Sophia would be the speaker, more than 2,500 signed a petition saying the decision “disrespected” the students and demanding that a human take the stage.

The impersonal nature of the robot speaker, the petition argues, is an unwanted reminder of the virtual high school graduations they were forced to have during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is shameful to the 2020 graduates receiving their diplomas, as they feel they are having another important ceremony taken away,” the petition reads.

But if showcasing AI technology was the goal, the stunt was inadvertently a sobering success. The robot’s unscripted responses perfectly encapsulate what generative AI largely does (and is very good at): coldly repackaging stuff that humans already have said.

“I offer you the following inspirational advice that is common at all graduation ceremonies: Embrace lifelong learning, be adaptable, pursue your passions, take risks, foster meaningful connections, make a positive impact, and believe in yourself,” Sophia said, after being asked to share tidbits from other commencement speeches.

Feeling inspired yet? The robot, built by Hong Kong-based firm Hanson Robotics, was also given several opportunities to plug the AI industry. If students already felt “disrespected” ahead of the commencement ceremony, we doubt they’ve been won over by Sophia waxing mechanical about the wonders of AI.

Research contact: @futurism

RFK Jr. threatens to eat ‘five more brain worms’

May 9, 2024

After news of his alleged brain worm went viral, third-party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is back with a startling rejoiner: that he could out-debate the election’s frontrunners, even if he ate five more, reports Futurism.

“I offer to eat five more brain worms and still beat President [Donad] Trump and President [Joe] Biden in a debate,” the son of the late Robert “Bobby” Kennedy posted on X-formerly-Twitter. “I feel confident of the result, even with a six-worm handicap.”

Earlier in the week, The New York Times had dropped a bombshell report about Kennedy’s health struggles a decade or so back, in which he claims a doctor believed some cognitive issues he was having at the time were the result of an unknown parasite that had taken up residence in his cranium, eaten part of his brain, and subsequently died.

In a 2012 deposition during his divorce from his second wife, the political scion also alleged that he’d been diagnosed with mercury poisoning after a diet heavy in tuna and perch resulted in him having ten times more mercury in his blood than the Environmental Protection Agency says is safe.

“I have cognitive problems, clearly,” Kennedy said in the 2012 divorce deposition, which involved him arguing that his earning potential had been impacted by his strange brain issues and that he should therefore pay less alimony to his second wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy. “I have short-term memory loss, and I have longer-term memory loss that affects me.”

As the parasite expert who spoke to The New York Times for the piece pointed out, there’s a greater chance that the mercury poisoning—which is known to cause neurological problems—led to the conspiracist candidate‘s cognitive impairment than a brain worm.

According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln parasitologist Scott Gardner, tapeworms or other invasive parasites end up being calcified in the brain—resulting in them turning, essentially, into a tumor.

Given that Kennedy claims the issue went away after he stopped eating so much fish and underwent chelation therapy—which expels heavy metals like arsenic and mercury from the body—Occam’s razor tells us that the most likely answer here is the simplest: that mercury poisoning, and not a brain worm, was what caused his cognitive problems.

Nevertheless, the candidate still seems to believe that he has had a dead parasite hanging out in his brain for at least the past 14 years—and is, jokingly at least, willing to entertain the possibility of ingesting more to prove a point.

Not long after Kennedy was deposed in his second divorce, an Iowa woman bought a tapeworm online and ate it in a disturbed effort to lose weight—prompting not only urgent warnings from doctors but several copycats who wanted to see if the “tapeworm diet” could work for them too.

It should go without saying that purposefully ingesting a parasite is extremely risky, not to mention often illegal. Hopefully, Kennedy is just capitalizing on the viral publicity from the NYT‘s reporting, because, otherwise, this election season’s about to get even more deranged.

Research contact: @futurism

A new Energizer battery warns parents if their child has swallowed it

April 26, 2024

Almost two years after a report warned that children were swallowing batteries at an alarming rate, Energizer is releasing a new battery designed to alert parents if their child has swallowed one, reports The New York Times.

The new coin lithium battery features more secure packaging, a nontoxic bitter coating to discourage swallowing; and “color alert technology” that activates a blue dye when the battery comes into contact with moisture, like saliva, so parents and caregivers know that medical attention could be required.

The new battery was announced in a video last week by Energizer and Trista Hamsmith, whose 18-month-old daughter died after swallowing a button battery from a remote control.

Hamsmith founded a nonprofit organization focused on children’s safety; successfully advocated for legislation, known as Reese’s Law, that requires a secure compartment of the batteries in products that use them as well as stronger warning labels on all packaging; and now is working to make the batteries themselves safer.

Ingested coin or button batteries result in thousands of emergency hospital visits each year; according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which notes that “the consequences of a child swallowing a battery can be immediate, devastating and deadly.”

“A button cell battery can burn through a child’s throat or esophagus in as little as two hours if swallowed,” according to the agency.

Secure packaging and bitter coatings for batteries have long existed, but “the massive breakthrough here is the color alert technology, which helps give caretakers that indicator that something has happened,” Jeff Roth, the global category leader for batteries at Energizer, said in an interview on Wednesday, April 24. “The most significant part about this is getting help early in the process,” he said. “That’s really what the color alert technology allows the family to do.”

The new battery comes almost two years after a report published in the journal, Pediatrics, suggested that there was a growing problem in the United States with children swallowing the small, round, shiny batteries that power many electronic devices commonly found in family homes, including TV remotes, key fobs, thermometers and toys.

Reese Hamsmith underwent “countless surgeries and scopes and was intubated under sedation for 40 days” before she died in December 2020, according to Reese’s Purpose, the nonprofit organization founded by her mother.

The National Capital Poison Center in Washington, D.C., advises against inducing vomiting if it is suspected that a battery has been ingested. Instead, parents of children at least a year old should give them honey, immediately and while on the way to the hospital. Honey will coat the battery, delaying burns in the surrounding tissue. Since honey is not safe for children younger than 12 months of age, parents of younger children are urged to immediately get an X-ray.

Trista Hamsmith said in an interview on Tuesday that the color alert could have changed Reese’s story completely because the family had no idea the baby had swallowed a battery when she fell sick in October 2020. Hamsmith and her family rushed the little girl to the doctor, where they received a misdiagnosis of croup because the symptoms of swallowing a button battery—which include drooling, fevers, and difficulty drinking or swallowing—“mimics croup almost to a T,” she said.

The family took Reese home and noticed the remote’s missing battery. They rushed her to the hospital again, and “that was the start of our nightmare,” Hamsmith said. In all, Reese had the battery in her for a little over 30 hours.

“We were at the doctor within four hours, but we didn’t have a way to know that was in there. We didn’t have a way to let the doctors know,” she said. “So the blue dye, the color alert technology, is a game changer until we come up with a different battery that will be the fix.”

Research contact: @nytimes

The National Enquirer, reeling from Trump, still can’t find a buyer

April 25, 2024

For five years, the owner of The National Enquirer—currently, A360 Media—has been trying to find a buyer to take it off its hands. But repeated attempts at a sale have turned into a tabloid-worthy saga of its own, reports The New York Times.

The embattled publication is back in the spotlight because of the hush-money trial of former President Donald Trump, which centers on the “catch and kill” practices that The National Enquirer deployed in an attempt to bolster Trump’s chances in the 2016 election.

Trump, the first former U.S. president to face a criminal prosecution, is on trial in New York—charged with falsifying business records to cover up a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, a porn actress, to keep her allegations of their affair out of the media.

David Pecker, the former publisher of The Enquirer and a longtime friend of Trump’s, has been the prosecution’s first witness. His testimony so far has detailed just how enmeshed The Enquirer was with the Trump campaign, a relationship that saw Pecker pushed out and that contributed to a tangled web of aborted deals as its owner tried to unload it over the last few years.

Pecker has described in court this week how The Enquirer had worked with the Trump campaign to “catch and kill” potentially damaging stories about Trump by paying off sources in exchange for their silence. He said he had agreed to act as the “eyes and ears” of the campaign and squash unflattering stories while promoting articles that trashed Trump’s opponents.

 The Enquirer’s extreme brand of checkbook journalism came into full view in 2018 when its then-parent company, American Media, struck a deal with Manhattan prosecutors to cooperate with an investigation into the hush-money payments in exchange for immunity in the case. The company admitted to making the payments and said it had known they violated campaign finance laws. (It paid a $187,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission for those violations.)

Founded in 1926 as a Sunday afternoon broadsheet, The National Enquirer had morphed into a tabloid magazine by the 1950s and became known in the decades since for sensational, breathless headlines and sordid tales. It published a photo on its cover of Elvis Presley in an open coffin, and regularly ran stories about gory true crime and the paranormal.

In 1999, Pecker was part of an investment group led by Evercore Partners that bought American Media, the parent company, for $294 million.

A New Jersey-based hedge fund, Chatham Asset Management, snapped up American Media in 2014. Pecker stayed on, continuing in his role as the chairman, president, and CEO of American Media; as well as publisher of The Enquirer. Shortly after that, The Enquirer became enmeshed with the Trump campaign.

When news of the tabloid’s tactics broke, Chatham Asset Management pressured Pecker to offload The Enquirer.

By April 2019, American Media announced it was selling The Enquirer, along with some of its other tabloid brands, to James Cohen, a son of the founder of the Hudson News franchise. The Washington Post reported at the time that the deal was worth $100 million. But months dragged on, and the deal never closed.

Pecker exited the company in August 2020 when American Media combined with Accelerate360, a logistics firm also controlled by Chatham Asset Management. It was renamed A360 Media.

Still looking to get rid of the tabloid, the parent company found another buyer. In February 2023, A360 Media announced that it had agreed to sell The Enquirer in an all-cash deal to VVIP Ventures—a joint venture between Vinco Ventures, a digital media company, and Icon Publishing, a new company set up for the acquisition. The terms were not disclosed.

Within months, that deal fell apart spectacularly. One of the new buyers, Ted Farnsworth, was arrested in August after violating the conditions of his bond in a separate case: He was accused of defrauding investors at the cinema subscription company, MoviePass, and remains in custody pending a trial.

Vinco Ventures, once a publicly traded company, collapsed. A former spokesman for Vinco Ventures said in an email that he no longer represented the company.

And so The National Enquirer remains in the hands of A360Media, though its website avoids any mention of the tabloid. A spokesperson for A360Media did not respond to requests for comment.

Research contact: @nytimes

Business groups sue to stop FTC from banning noncompete clauses

April 24, 2024

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce fulfilled its promise to sue the Federal Trade Commission over a ban on agreements that prevent workers from leaving a company for a rival—arguing in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, April 24, that the agency overstepped its authority, reports The New York Times.

The lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in Texas, argued that the FTC did not have authority to issue rules that define unlawful methods of competition. The Chamber of Commerce was joined by three other business groups: the Business Roundtable, the Texas Association of Business, and the Longview Chamber of Commerce.

The suit came a day after the FTC announced a final rule to ban the noncompete agreements. The rule was approved in a 3-to-2 vote, with both Republican commissioners voting against the measure.

The Chamber of Commerce vowed to challenge the rule shortly after the vote. Its lawsuit called the ban “a vast overhaul of the national economy, and applies to a host of contracts that could not harm competition in any way.” The Chamber said the agency didn’t have the power to issue a ban and, even if it did, a categorical ban on such agreements wasn’t lawful.

The FTC’s rule would void existing noncompete agreements, besides those applying to executives in “policy-making positions” who make at least $151,164 a year. It would also prevent companies from imposing new noncompetes, even on executives.

It is set to become law 120 days after it is published in the Federal Register, probably this week, though it may be tied up in a long legal battle.

Companies generally use noncompetes to protect trade secrets and to avoid spending money to train employees who can hop over to a competitor. The FTC and worker advocates say that noncompete agreements suppress competition for labor, pushing down wages.

In its final rule, the agency said the law empowered it to adopt rules “for the purpose of preventing unfair methods of competition” and “defining certain conduct as an unfair method of competition.”

It leaned on a 1973 appellate court decisionNational Petroleum Refiners Association v. FTC— that allowed the agency to issue substantive rules. That case addressed the agency’s ability to require octane ratings be posted on gas pumps.

William Kovacic, a former FTC chair, said the agency might face an uphill battle in the challenge over its rule.

“The FTC believes that earlier jurisprudence and legislation has created a bridge over which its noncompete rule can travel,” Kovacic said. “The hazard for the commission and its rule is that the bridge is fragile, and the FTC wants to drive a very heavy truck over it.”

Research contact: @nytimes

The dystopian film, ‘Civil War,’ reaches No. 1 at the box office

April 16, 2024

Hollywood executives—not all, but most—have insisted for years that uncomfortable, thought-provoking, original movies can no longer attract big audiences at the box office. However, moviegoers continue to bust that myth, reports The New York Times.

Alex Garland’s dystopian “Civil War”—set in a near-immediate future when the United States is at war with itself—sold an estimated $25.7 million in tickets at North American theaters on its opening weekend starting April 12; enough to make the film a strong number one at the box office, surpassing the monsters sequel “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.”

Ticket sales for “Civil War” exceeded the prerelease expectations of some box office analysts by roughly 30%. IMAX screenings provided nearly 50% of the “Civil War” gross. 

More than 70% of the total audience was male, according to exit-polling services. PostTrak, one of those firms, said that people with “liberal” or “moderate” political views attended most heavily. PostTrak scores for “Civil War” were 76% “positive” and 53% “definite recommend.”

“Civil War,” starring Kirsten Dunst as a journalist on a military embed, became the latest example of ticket buyers breaking with Hollywood’s conventional wisdom about what types of films are likely to pop at the box office. Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” a three-hour period drama about a physicist, took in $968 million, wildly surpassing studio expectations. “Poor Things” collected $117 million, a solid total for a surreal art film.

Garland (“Ex Machina”) wrote and directed “Civil War,” which gave A24 its first No. 1 opening. The movie cost more to make than any A24 movie to date: at least $50 million, not including tens of millions of dollars in marketing.

The R-rated film benefited from a savvy release date—a time when Americans, sharply divided, are paying attention to the coming presidential election but are not yet completely worn out by it — and a marketing campaign that positioned the story as more of an action thriller than a gritty exploration of the frightening but not unthinkable.

“Dystopian thrillers are generally set in futuristic worlds that look very different from contemporary life,” David A. Gross, a film consultant who publishes a  newsletter on box office numbers, said in an email. “They use a lot of special effects and science fiction to tell their stories. ‘Civil War’ is doing the opposite: It looks like right now.”

That storytelling choice, he added, “is bending the genre into something contemporary and relatable. The story is not directly partisan, but it’s provoking partisan feelings. It’s a fine balance to strike. Audiences are emotionally engaged, and that’s impressive.”

Research contact: @nytimes

Are you talking—or are you ‘yapping’?

March 23, 2024

Have you ever been told you have the gift of gab? Did your school report cards suggest you pipe down in class? Perhaps you’ve been called a chatterbox on an occasion or two?

If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, you might be a yapper, reports The New York Times.

Terms like yapper, yap and yapping have become popular on TikTok in recent weeks. To yap, in modern parlance, is simply to talk … a lot, often about something of little importance.

“In the Internet context, I would say somebody that’s a yapper is somebody that talks too much or is an over-sharer,” says Taylor-Nicole Limas, a 27-year-old influencer and self-proclaimed yapper in Chicago. “Somebody that just keeps on talking to fill the air. If it gets quiet, they just don’t stop talking.”

Users might post a video of themselves yapping, talking at length about a given topic—perhaps something they feel moved to rant about, or a subject in which they are an armchair expert. Or someone might be called a yapper in the comments of a video (whether the speaker intended to yap or not).

Being labeled a yapper isn’t necessarily a compliment, but on a platform built on talk, it isn’t an insult either.

Some creators have cheerfully embraced the moniker. Last summer, the TikTokers @bag_and_cj became known for videos in which they react to other TikTok videos with rambling commentary. The duo was named Yip and Yap by their fans. (An occasional third participant is known as Yop.)

On a podcast in February, the ESPN host Tim MacMahon invoked the term in a less flattering context when he floated it as a potential factor in the Dallas Mavericks’ decision to trade Grant Williams: “I would say one of the ways that Grant Williams rubbed people the wrong way—the yap, yap, yapping—obviously, that’s kind of part of it with him,” MacMahon said.

Reesa Teesa—who recently captivated TikTok with a multipart saga detailing the ins and outs of her dramatic marriage—may be a prime example of the form. She captivated millions with a tale that stretched over more than six hours.

Jess Rauchberg, an assistant professor of Communication Technologies at Seton Hall University, says she wasn’t surprised to see so-called yapping becoming more common, given TikTok’s recent emphasis on longer videos. Users can currently upload videos up to ten minutes long, and the platform is testing videos as long as 30 minutes, according to TechCrunch.

Although it wasn’t always referred to as such, yapping has long been a hallmark of social media, where content creators, particularly on YouTube, are known to film longer videos, potentially allowing for more advertising revenue.

The term has cropped up more recently as “a way to poke fun at these long-form ways of sharing ideas,” Dr. Rauchberg says. “I also see it as a way that creators are self-internalizing their biggest fears of content creation—that dark side of content creation: What if I’m not likable? What if I’m saying too much or I say the wrong thing?”

The word “yap” dates to the early 17th century, said Nicole Holliday, an assistant professor of linguistics at Pomona College. It originally was used to describe the sounds made by dogs. (In recent decades, the word has popped up in hip-hop.)

“Particularly like small, high-pitched dog,” Dr. Holliday says. “Which can, maybe, give you an idea of the way in which this word would be gendered.”

Not every yapper is a woman, but much online yapping content is made by or about women. Some female users say they are reclaiming a gender stereotype by identifying with the term.

“I don’t think it’s a negative trait to be yapping all the time,” Limas, the influencer, says. “I think the play on the word ‘yapper’ that is becoming more popular is a way to take that power back, a way of saying that it’s OK to be talkative.”

 Research contact: @nytimes

Sports Illustrated print edition lives on after Authentic Brands awards license to Minute Media

March 19, 2024

Sports Illustrated’s print edition will survive: On Monday, March 18, Authentic Brands Group reportedly agreed to a deal with Minute Media—ending a months-long feud with former publisher Arena Group, which had threatened to stop printing the iconic magazine if it weren’t awarded the license, reports the New York Post.

Minute Media—the New York-based digital sports media brand whose holdings include The Players’ Tribune and Fansided—will sell a stake in the company to Jamie Salter-owned Authentic as part of the ten-year deal, according to The New York Times.

Asaf Peled, the CEO of Minute Media, guaranteed that fans of the magazine, which set the standard for sports journalism since being founded in 1954, will still be able to find it on newsstands.

“In the current era of digital, it’s still not trivial and quite difficult to build your own brand and get people to know and admire it,” Peled told the Times. “So, once you get the opportunity to work with and grow an iconic brand like Sports Illustrated, you take it.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal between Minute Media and Authentic Brands—which bought SI for $110 million from Meredith five years ago—includes an option to extend the agreement for up to 30 years total, the Times reported.

Peled also told the Times that his company plans to expand SI’s coverage globally and to rehire some of the staffers that were slated to be fired by Arena.

Minute Media will begin running SI and its website this week, Peled said.

Research contact: @nypost