The 11th Hour Dispatch – Friday, March 16, 2018

| March 16, 2018

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Netflix earned a new title today, and it’s not a great one. It’s officially the worst offender among streaming services of depicting characters smoking in shows popular with younger viewers. Antismoking group Truth Initiative counted 319 “tobacco incidents” during the 2015-2016 season, which is more than double the 139 found on cable and broadcast networks. Fan favorite Stranger Things is a large part of the issue here, namely chainsmoking cop, Hopper, with 57% of the overall total of issues. Since younger viewers dominate demographics of streaming services and are choosing them over traditional media, the watchdog group, and probably helicopter parents, are alarmed, and rightfully so. However, New York parents just shrugged and continued to walk their child through the tobacco fumes of the roughly 4,598.5 smokers on the same block.


In case you missed it, Snap tanked yesterday after Rihanna, a survivor of a 2009 domestic violence incident with Chris Brown, encouraged her fans to delete the app after Snapchat posted an extremely tasteless advertisement poll prompting viewers to vote whether they would rather “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown.” The company ended the day down 3.6% at $17.20 with an intraday low of $16.91. The fall wiped out about $600 million in market cap, and it has continued to slide today. Snap is learning the hard way that celebrities will make or break a public company that is this engrained in everyday culture, as it also saw stocks fall earlier this month after Kylie Jenner tweeted issue with the recent redesign. 


The mobile game Subway Surfers is the first game to hit 1 billion downloads on Google Play. The game, which launched in May 2012, has steadily boomed over the last few years. In 2015, it was downloaded 350 million times, 330 million in 2016, and a record-breaking 400 million last year. If you know a child with iPad access and dreams of becoming a graffiti vandal named Jake that runs through subway tunnels to get away from the cops, this should come as no surprise to you.


America’s Sweetheart Jimmy Buffett says people repeatedly confuse him for Warren Buffett’s son.

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