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It’s perfect for me as I like nothing more than watching a slideshow of vibrant, gloriously colour balanced images of hot air balloons, animals grazing on the pampas, babies wearing floppy sun hats, monochrome observations of sand timers etc. Half of my collection is in portrait though and I never thought I’d got the full value out of my Kodak demonstration CD-ROM. Prayers: answered.

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On 27/05/2020 at 09:23, DirkCrisis said:

What is The Verge's obsession with this platform? They seem to have a story on it every two weeks. Must be some sort of advert disguised as journalism.


Their story about Quibi’s closure contained this rather revealing nugget of information.

 

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Disclosure: Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, is an investor in Vox Media, The Verge’s parent company. Vox Media also has a deal with Quibi to produce a show, and there were early talks about a Verge show as well.


Le shock.

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On 27/05/2020 at 09:23, DirkCrisis said:

What is The Verge's obsession with this platform? They seem to have a story on it every two weeks. Must be some sort of advert disguised as journalism.


 

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Disclosure: Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, is an investor in Vox Media, The Verge’s parent company. Vox Media also has a deal with Quibi to produce a show, and there were early talks about a Verge show as well.

 

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Kind of hope in the chaos amid Quibi’s collapse no one actually told the impersonators they were no longer being broadcast. They’re still there in the house yarrring around and drinking cheap rum.

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1 hour ago, DirkCrisis said:

We were so obsessed with the golden arm that we didn't ever talk about the Jack Sparrow House

 

 

 

Unfortunately Jack Sparrow House never actually existed

 

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/fake-quibi-show-jack-sparrow-house-became-real-viral-hit-170504857.html?

 

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Actually, you’ll never be able to watch Jack Sparrow House... mainly because it never existed in the first place. Much like the never-made Sinbad-starring genie movie, Shazaam, reports of Jack Sparrow House have been greatly exaggerated by a combination of online pranksters and the Mandela Effect.

Here’s how it went down: Prior to Quibi’s shutdown, Twitter marked its passing by reliving the service’s greatest “hits.” Jack Sparrow House slipped into the names of the shows that were being memorialized, and the legend took shape from there. Reality and fiction continued to collide after someone created a fake Wikipedia page for the non-existent show that circulated on Twitter. And the description of Jack Sparrow House was just crazy enough to make it sound like an actual reality show.

As outlined in the Wikipedia entry, Jack Sparrow House resembled Quibi’s take on Big Brother and The Surreal Life, locking 14 Jack Sparrow impersonators in a house together where they were required to remain in character the entire time. The anonymous author went on to manufacture a quote from actual Quibi executive, Colin Davis, that described the series as “more of an endurance test than a true talent competition.” The entry also alleged that three contestants were shown the door due to three separate “public defecation incidents.” While no host was cited, the only logical choice would have been Michael Bolton.

The Jack Sparrow House hoax proved successful enough that the fact-checking site, Snopes, eventually had to step in and issue a correction. But that hasn’t stopped Twitter from willing the fake show into actual existence.

 

In saying that, a Michael Bolton hosted Jack Sparrow House does sound amazing.

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As soon as cable TV realises Jack Sparrow House isn’t real, it’ll be commissioned along with a load of spin-offs. In a decade we’ll be eagerly awaiting s3 of Hannibal Lecter House.

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