Covino & Rich— Thursday, 5/30/19
- With all the subscriptions we end up paying for, do you think eventually services like Netflix and Hulu will be the only way we consume entertainment? It seems like more and more people (including both Covino and Rich) are cutting the cable cord and opting for a more selective entertainment option. With so many new options though, will some soon to fall short to meet expectations? Covino is already considering dropping his HBO subscription now that Game of Thrones is over, and many more have already done so.
- Ashton Kutcher is in the news because an old serial killer case is finally going to court and one of the victims is an Ex-girlfriend of his. Strangely enough, the night the woman was killed Kutcher had gone over to her house to pick her up for a party. When there was no answer at the door he simply assumed she was mad at him or had gone to the party on her own. In reality, she had already been murdered, and her body was laying inside just out of sight of the window where Ashton was standing. It must’ve been awful to have to deal with something like this so early on in his career. He even went to the police right away to clear his name and any misunderstanding that there may be about his whereabouts that night.
- It must be extremely difficult for celebrities to go from being a huge superstar to a nobody in a matter of years. Think about someone like Chris Kline, he starred in the American Pie franchise in the 1990’s as well as countless other movies and TV shows throughout the decade. Now if you showed a bunch of teens his picture not one would be able to figure out who he was. The guy was a teen heartthrob, and on the cover of countless magazines, yet no one under the age of 18 knows who he is or what he’s done.
- Do certain songs sound out of place in the decade they were released? It seems like a lot of artists who crossed over multiple decades have a certain sound that they stick to. Therefore, when Madonna releases songs in the 80’s and 90’s and then releases songs in the mid-2000s, all of them sound like they were released at the same time. Blink-182 is another great example of this; they were extremely popular in the early 2000s, but if you listen to their most recent release (in 2019) it’ll sound like it could’ve been a hit in 2004.
- What will it take for the MLB to finally start putting nets up around their stadiums to protect the fans from foul balls and line drives? Last night in the Cubs game a young girl was hit in the head by a line drive and had to be rushed to the hospital. The player who hit the drive, Albert Almora, instantly dropped to his knees and started to cry after seeing what had happened. It’s plays like this that clearly reinforce why the league needs better safety precautions for its fans. Sure, they may bother fans a bit at first, but all it’s going to take is one 5 year old being killed by one of these hits for the league to crackdown. Luckily the young girl is in the hospital recovering now, and Almora has said he wants to do anything and everything he can to help her and the family.
- The ‘deep fake’ conversation from yesterday comes up again, mainly because there’s a short documentary out now about how this technology could be used to ruin people’s lives in the near future. The videos are so convincing, it’s easy to see why it would be hard to dispute that it was something you actually did yourself. One of the best examples was of Jordan Peele doing his Obama impression, which the guys also discussed yesterday. When someone can do an impression that is so convincing, and the technology can make it look like they actually said these things, it will surely be an issue in the near future for more than just celebrities.
- More people are dying attempting to climb Mount Everest than ever before. In the past month 11 climbers have died on the mountain, and due to global warming and the rising temps on the mountain, more and more bodies are being uncovered that were previously buried in snow and ice. The climb has become so popular that there are photos of people waiting in lines just to take a selfie at the top of the mountain. Is this ruining the accomplishment of reaching the Earth’s highest peak? Governments are considering restricting access to the mountain to try and cut down on some of the crowds as well.