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My YouTube Party of Five: Alex Casey

We invite people to share their five favourite YouTube videos – the ones hold closest in their heart, the ones they’ll play at 2am while drunk at a party. This week: Spinoff senior writer Alex Casey.

10 New Zealand cartoonists you can read instead of Alex or Tremain

With the Herald ditching its daily strip, there's a glimmer of hope that our moribund newspaper cartooning scene might be set for some new blood. Toby Morris has 10 suggestions for cartoonists to consider.

Sky TV has a wild new strategy: stop doing things its customers hate

New Sky CEO Martin Stewart has had a huge first month in the job, burning down the house of his famed predecessor John Fellet.

Everything wrong with Burger King’s ‘Vietnamese’ burger ad

Burger King’s ad for its Vietnamese-inspired burger shows customers trying to eat with a pair of giant novelty chopsticks, to which Asian-New Zealanders ask 'why'?

The best of The Spinoff this week

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website. 

My YouTube Party of Five: Laura Vincent

Obscure Tony awards performances, Twin Peaks and choreography videos – Laura Vincent's YouTube Party of Five runs the full weird YouTube gamut.

Across the Pacific: Vai and the beauty in a chorus of voices

In cinemas now, Vai tells the story of one woman's life through eight ten-minute shorts, directed by nine Pacific women.

Facebook’s three seismic weeks grappling with Christchurch

CEO Mark Zuckerberg was silent for weeks following the attacks, yet the world has refused to let this story go. Here is a summary of three extraordinary weeks for Facebook.

‘I have to delete my channel because of perverts’: the YouTube hypnotists targeting children

David Farrier explores the troubling subculture of videos targeting children created by adult hypnotists.

The best of Vice New Zealand

With Vice NZ sadly closing its doors last week, here's a round-up of some of the excellent work produced by the editorial staff over the last few years.

The worst April Fools ‘jokes’ of 2019

Is it time April Fools was abandoned as a public holiday?

Facebook ban: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

If Facebook's announcement that it'll ban praise and support for white nationalism and separatism sounds familiar, that's because it is, Paul Brislen writes for RNZ.

The best of The Spinoff this week

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website. 

Stop outsourcing the regulation of hate speech to social media

Decisions about what speech gets regulated should made by the people affected by these rules. That’s the whole point of democracy, write two Canadian professors.

Is it OK for journalists to cry on camera?

Was it a surprise that reporters and presenters forgot to be dispassionate while reporting? Journalist turned academic Dr Rukhsana Aslam says no. 

Media, Māori and me

A journalist reflects on a career in which the media has felt like a hostile environment for Māori and other minorities.

Dunedin’s Knox College sexual assault scandal: what you need to know

The editor of Critic Te Arohi backgrounds the magazine's major investigation into sexual harassment and troubling culture at Knox, one of the University of Otago's oldest residential colleges.

‘The answer lies in our humanity’: Jacinda Ardern at the National Remembrance Service

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's speech at the National Remembrance Service in full.

How the swarm of white extremism spreads itself online

A synthetic white victimhood is generated by a swarm of social media users that centre on a core belief and consistent narratives

Inside our new webseries Two Sketches, from The Side Eye’s Toby Morris

We're overjoyed to launch our new webseries about drawing and stuff, Two Sketches. Here's what it's all about – plus watch the first episode.

Free speech under ATTACK! Why Stuff is reining in its comment section

With questions for media swirling about what their platforms get used for, New Zealand's biggest news site has closed a huge swathe of their notorious comments section.

What does Islamophobia look like? Allow UK and Australian media to demonstrate

It's all relative, sure, but New Zealand's media has clearly done a far better job at holding the line against Islamophobia than their UK and Australian counterparts, writes Elle Hunt from London.

What it was like to be a NZ moderator on Reddit during the Christchurch shootings

The Christchurch Mosque Shootings saw journalists scrambling the country over to cover the unfolding horror. At the same time, so too were the moderators of r/newzealand.