Tag Archives: Idea Channel

Can You Speak Emoji? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios Video

Can You Speak Emoji? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios Video

Smiley face, thumbs up? “Is emoji a form of speech?” Video from PBS Idea Channel

Why Do Stormtroopers Have Bad Aim? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios Video

Why Do Stormtroopers Have Bad Aim? Question  answered by PBS Idea Channel

Do We Live In The Future? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios Video

We spend a lot of time thinking about THE FUTURE. But spoilers, maybe the future is now! Forget hoverboards, flying cars, jetpacks, and structures made of bubbles — the future is here, and your notion of the one you were “promised” was probably a lie. Look around you! Computers the size of pennies, instant communication

Is A Thor By Any Other Name Still Thor? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

  Female THOR made a lot of people go kind of…crazy. But gender issues aside, people seemed most perturbed with labeling someone other than the male THOR as THOR. Chris Hemsworth even somewhat cemented his THOR character in The Avengers as the modern incantation of THOR, so why could the new comic book THOR not

Does Reality TV Affect Our View On Surveillance? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios Video

  Food for thought. We always look forward to Mike Rugnetta hosting these segments. What have you been watching lately? There’s a good chance (whether you admit to it or not) that you’ve been watching some reality TV. The “Reality TV” genre is mega popular, a massive cultural force, even though it’s not really “reality”. Contrived

Is Pop Music Holding You Hostage? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

  Food for thought. “Love or hate pop music, it’s pretty hard to escape. From Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, pop songs are recorded, packaged, and sold down a well worn pipeline, designed to make you, the listener, LOVE THIS SONG! But do you really? Does the song have real meaning, or is it just

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Is Google Knowledge? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios Video

  Food for thought. “Google it” seems to be the quick and easy answer for every question we could possibly ask, but is finding facts the same thing as KNOWING? Having billions of facts at the tips of your typing fingertips may not necessarily be making us any smarter. Some people even think it’s making

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How Does Glitchy Art Show Us Broken Is Beautiful? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios Video

Smart = hot! “We all love broken things. WAIT WHAT?! Yes, you read that correctly. You may have noticed this thing called “glitch”, where people purposely push machines to malfunction, creating fascinating “mistakes”. But instead of being frustrated and disdainful of these errors (like we usually do when our technology fails mid-workflow, grrr) we find

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Why Do We Love Zombies? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios Video

For the love of zombies. PBS answers the question, “Why do we love Zombies?” with our favorite cute little smarty-pants otter, host  Mike Rugnetta. Someone totally needs to make a fan page for him so I can √ like. “Zombies are EVERYWHERE!! Wait, don’t panic- we mean in pop culture, not outside your window. But why

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Is The Universe A Computer? | Idea Channel | PBS Video

  Food for thought! Nerds are hot. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is about everything. Life, the Universe, everything. If you’ve read these amazing books, you know the answer is 42, but what’s the question? To find out what the question was, they built a giant computer we call Earth. And though it seems

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Is Developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethical? | Idea Channel | PBS Video

Food for thought. “If you’re even the slightest bit familiar with pop culture from the past 50 years, you know that we’ve been anxiously awaiting robots to become a part of our daily lives. From R2-D2 to the Jetsons, our future robot companions promise to be helpful and handy! But many people have their concerns:

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Is Sad Music Actually Sad? | Idea Channel | PBS Video

“Be it Elliott Smith or Queen, classical or dub step, there’s usually a clear understanding that some songs are sad, and some songs are happy. But what is it about the music that makes us feel these feelings we’re feeling? You might think it has something to do with the notes or how our brain’s

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Is Community A Postmodern Masterpiece? | Idea Channel | PBS

Food for thought. “Though the TV show Community has never achieved huge ratings, it has a passionate cult following, including us here at Idea Channel. The show plays with genre and narrative in such a creative way that it brings to mind the cultural and artistic theory of Postmodernism. Previous TV series have been self-referential

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There’s No Such Thing As Offline?!? | Idea Channel | PBS Video

Meet the newest video from my number 1 nerd crush. Smart guys are sexy! “What an outdated question this has become! Of course you’re online, unless you’re an off-the-grid survivalist or a remote tribesmen!! From Facebook to bank accounts, you always have some sort of online presence, whether you’re actively engaging in front of a

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Is YouTube Making Us Smarter? Asks The Idea Channel: Video

This is what the PBS’ Idea Channel has on their mind: Did you know there’s a place where you can learn just about anything you’d like? It’s true! It’s called YOU TUBE!!! Sure, YouTube has hundreds of thousands of hours of deliciously time-wasting content, but it’s a whole lot more than just a black hole

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Are Mashups the End of Music Genres As We Know Them? Video

Fascinating! And also enjoyable on mute thanks to the beard that you imagining running your fingers through, chewing on and  eventually some man and man, beard on beard rubbing on a blue gingham blanket in a grassy field on a hot summer day. “Some of the best things to be found on the internet are