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The best of The Spinoff this week

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

Why did Facebook go down? Here are our theories

The theories other media outlets are too afraid to touch.

Facebook, Instagram, and Gmail outages: what the hell is up with the internet?

Facebook: out. Instagram: out. Whatsapp: Notsapp. And yesterday it was Google. What the hell is happening to our internet?

A brief history of New Zealanders getting mad as hell about period ads

Alex Casey combs through the most furious complaints made to the ASA about sanitary product advertising. 

The trauma of news journalism is finally being acknowledged

A landmark court ruling in Australia reexamines journalism's weight on its practitioners, writes former AUT professor Lyn Barnes.

The best of The Spinoff this week

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

Everything you need to know about our new webseries On the Rag

Re-introducing On the Rag, The Spinoff’s feminist podcast that is launching as a webseries next Wednesday.

Up all night with Taika Waititi in London

New Zealander Maha Albadrawi went to an all-night Taika movie marathon in London, and managed to stay awake for nearly all of it.

Dear Police et al: Your cutesy social media account is bad and foolish

The flood of fun memes, hot takes and utterly inane dog speak springing from the social media accounts of public organisations and corporates needs to stop

Hey journalism students. Your career prospects are still bright

Last week we published a piece from a journalism student who feared there might not be a worthwhile career for them when they finally graduated. Today, a rebuttal.

The best of The Spinoff this week

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

Love Island NZ is Three betting its house on epic reality TV

Love Island has smashed streaming records all over the world and Three’s purchase of the global rights, along with pricey a local franchise, will complete a radical transformation of the channel.

A tribute to the now redundant workers of Reading Cinema, Wellington

Staff at the Reading Cinema complex in central Wellington have been made redundant. Emily Writes hopes they'll be looked after, because they're all amazing.

Why would anyone train to be a journalist in NZ in 2019?

As New Zealand's media scramble for solutions to a borked business model, tertiary journalism courses are shrinking, too. Just how bleak is it?

So you want more movies and books made by women and non-binary folk?

Alex Casey talks to Brough Johnson, co-founder of Narrative Muse, about a NZ-made platform that puts the spotlight on women and non-binary creators.

The best of The Spinoff this week

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

My YouTube Party of Five: Jihee Junn

My YouTube Party of Five is a new series in which 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 staff writer Jihee Junn.

Machine-generated text is about to break the internet

A project analysing the voices on the Whaleoil blog and a startling announcement about artificial-intelligence prose writing call for a rethink of where tech power resides

How NZ advertisers got unwittingly linked to a child porn racket on YouTube

The sexualisation of children on the platform continues – and NZ companies are inadvertently appearing alongside it.

The best of The Spinoff this week

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

No country for queer men: Where is all the great New Zealand LGBTQI+ theatre?

There's a dearth of queer work in Aotearoa, and very little of it is supported by our mainstages. Homos, or Everyone in America is a gleaming light in the darkness.

Job! The Spinoff seeks account manager to help us do cool stuff

Ever wanted to work for The Spinoff? Now is the hour.

House of Drag star ‘devastated’ after scores of events deleted on Facebook

House of Drag winner Hugo Grrrl says his Wellington events company has had over 100 events removed from Facebook with no explanation.

Martin Devlin in wild on-air attack on ‘chick from the Spinoff’ over cricket banner

The only plausible explanation for the Radio Sport host’s diatribe against my colleague is an elaborate attempt at performance art – the alternative is heroic incoherence