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5 iconic shows with relatable female characters

From silly to badass!

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Happy Women’s month! It’s that time of year to look at all the progress we’ve made and be empowered by stunning women everywhere in the world. But, not all of us are put-together as every woman we strive to be. Some of us are sassy, silly, clumsy, and even sometimes, nasty. Here are a few iconic women characters I personally relate to:

Jessica Day from New Girl

Alright, she needed to be here because she revolutionized quirky nerdy girls and made them so charming in being themselves.

Jess is the only lady living in her shared apartment where she struggles to get almost absolutely everything done. Sound familiar? Yes, it’s all of us lost and struggling ladies out here trying to just get through every day.

Jess is awkward and charmingly so which is why, as much as we may not all be as charming when we’re silly, she’s undeniably relatable.

Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-nine

This one was a little bit sombre for lovers of the Nine-nine but, I’ll skip any sort of spoiling. Gina is essentially Brooklyn Nine-nine’s civilian administrator. She’s funny, sassy, and sometimes, reasonably self-absorbed but, seeing her character progress and mature, she deserves to gloat.

She’s sensitive to everyone in the Nine-nine and is surprisingly the voice of reason sometimes. Gina can be a hell of a lot smart when she wants or needs herself to be so the girl deserves all the cred she’s wanted.

Connie Maheswaran from the Steven Universe Series

Connie is Steven’s best friend. She’s a strong and smart character who has stereotypical strict Asian parents. Granted stereotypical, I admit, having strict Asian parents myself, I relate to her a lot especially when she often plots her future while reassuring her parents of her safety.

She struggles a lot with trying to maintain a sense of almost usefulness to the Crystal Gems since she wants to protect the planet she calls home. She may seem like a bland character but she’ll surprise you with how she develops in the series.

Maeve Wiley from Sex Education

I’ll preface Maeve’s description with the fact that I studied under a curriculum that allowed me to discover wonderful female writers, authors, and novelists. I was pretty much introduced to literary concepts and so it was nice to find a character that had an interest in female writers.

When I brought this up with my boyfriend, he then talked about how she seemed cool and gave me a joking glance. To which, I replied saying, “The girl has baggage too and I can relate to that.” Getting by isn’t easy and Maeve has her own demons, which is why I think she’s relatable in how she forcibly portrays someone who juggles the gritty parts of life.

Nairobi from Money Heist (La Casa De Papel)

Alright, alright. Nairobi isn’t exactly someone we can all relate to. She’s right smack in the middle of a messy heist! How are we meant to relate to her character at all? Well, I think if you’ve been in a group project you’ll understand that Nairobi is the one that puts everyone in their place.

Tokyo is too erratic compared to the sensible-under-pressure Nairobi. She gets things done, says things as it is, and still manages to sympathize. To me, she’s the character I admired the most in the series.

There’s a lot of female characters across platforms that we strive to be, but sometimes, we just need someone to make us feel like we aren’t alone. I’m sure you’ll find something you find relatable in unlikely female characters like Nairobi from Money Heist.

There are a ton more women in series than there were before but, I don’t think there’s been enough. It’s slow-paced progress to giving women a safe and supportive platform where they can speak. We obviously aren’t there yet but, we’ll keep pursuing it. So, to all the fabulous, stunning, and true-to-oneself women out there, Happy Women’s month. Let’s keep kicking ass.

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Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

People are switching

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The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.

According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.

Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.

Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.

In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content

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Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content

For reality shows and comedy specials

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Netflix is in a bit of a rough patch. After losing subscribers for the first time, the platform is trying other strategies to retain its userbase including more stringent ways to police password sharing. This time, Netflix is trying a more additive approach. According to a report, the company is experimenting with livestreaming content.

First reported by Deadline, the company is currently in the early stages of creating such content. More specifically, Netflix will try the format for its catalog of “unscripted shows and stand-up specials.” There is no timetable for the experiment’s launch, but the company hopes to launch it soon.

A move towards livestreaming does make sense with Netflix’s current catalog of titles. Over the years, the platform has slowly curated an expansive lineup of reality shows and stand-up comedy specials. For example, Netflix’s Drive to Survive quickly became one of its biggest titles in reality television, bringing a lot of eyes to Formula One racing. Likewise, the platform has always been a stronghold for comedy specials since the advent of its popularity.

Besides its strong slate of content, the company has also experimented with user input including shows that mimicked Choose Your Own Adventure books. Under a livestreaming format, the audience might be able to provide input for the title as well, such as voting for (or against) contestants in a game show.

That said, it’s still too early to tell how livestreaming might appear on Netflix. For now, at least.

SEE ALSO: Netflix considers cheaper, ad-supported subscription

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Campaign putting seizure, epilepsy warnings to YouTube gaming content initiated

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Seizure Warning

Whenever on YouTube, people tend to have the urge to skip annoying or uninteresting ads.

But Digitas Philippines is trying to change that with an all-important online campaign that puts the safety of the gaming community first.

With the Seizure Warning Pre-Rolls project, Digitas Philippines turns YouTube’s 6-second pre-rolls before videos play into dedicated spaces, where instead of ads, PSAs get played.

Digitas will focus on showing warnings that effectively alert viewers of possible adverse of conditions such as seizures and photosensitive epilepsy.

To ensure that such warnings draw the attention of YouTube viewers, Digitas’ team included flashy animations, fast and mind-bending gameplay, and vivid, ultra-colorful visuals.

Such components make gaming content extremely visually stimulating, yet can also seriously affect those who have had seizures or epilepsy in the past, as well as those who have not had them before.

Avoiding risk on YouTube 

With more than 40 million active gaming channels, users definitely have a chance of running into possible seizure risks.

This pushed Digitas to jumpstart the campaign, trying to address the lack of warning signs before the start of videos and more.

Through their campaign, notices will be placed before anyone views gaming-related content to boost safety and lower the risk of getting a seizure or epilepsy.

The initiative will already cover all YouTube videos with gaming content tags in its initial phase. It will feature highly-targeted and specific warning messages for viewers’ protection.

The group is also in the process of partnering with more institutions to follow up and go beyond the first phase.

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