frank Finds: Queen Bey, Virtual Reality and the Future of Climate Change

By Aaron Zeiler, frank social media director

Life Will Never be the Same

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Is What Happens When Black Women Control Their Art

Beyoncé’s new visual album “Lemonade” is amazing because it is honest, passionate and incredibly moving. “Lemonade” is special because a black woman had control over how her story was told. Jamilah King points out the contrast between the excellency of Beyoncé’s visual album and the travesty that was “Nina,” a biopic about Nina Simone released a day before “Lemonade.” The key lesson from this contrast is that women and minorities should be the ones telling their own stories because they are the ones who actually live it.



Creating Empathy

Studio 360

Virtual Reality takes film to a new level, where empathy and immersion fuse, resulting in a product that can deeply impact viewers. We VR – pronounced “weaver” – is a VR production company based in Los Angeles that focuses on using 360 degree films and video games to tell stories. Despite its similarities to film, VR poses many challenges for filmmakers, including editing, lighting and blocking. Andrew Marantz explores We VR’s process and problem solving through some of the narratives they are creating.

The New Yorker


The Future of the Good Fight

Yes, There Really is Scientific Consensus on Climate Change 

97 percent of scientists agree that humans the cause climate change. Despite this consensus, many public figures that oppose climate action dismiss the consensus by using fake experts. This misinformation is furthered when the media creates a false-balance of information, equating the 97 percent and 3 percent. Climate communication scholar John Cook suggests that climate communicators should fight misinformation by emphasizing scientific consensus.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Conservation in the Age of Climate Change: Why Scientists Are Banking on Drones for Tracking Coastal Climate Research

Even though the technology has existed for years, drones are becoming more and more popular. Climate scientists are using drones to make data collection easier in coastal regions. While drones are not perfect, the information they provide is helping scientists see the day-to-day effects of climate change.

Pacific Standard


Posted on April 25, 2016

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