Every time a celebrity’s name pops up in Twitter’s trending timeline, I like to play a little game: are they actually dead, or, did they make a politically controversial statement? Unfortunately, that game is sometimes hard to play, since clicking on the person’s name inevitably brings me to a feed of reaction GIFs that offer no context as to what happened.
So why can’t Twitter explain to me why someone is trending on its platform? Is Twitter’s algorithm hopelessly broken, or is there something more complex at play? To figure out the answer, I spent the past week monitoring Twitter’s…
There is tragedy in the Danish palace: the untimely deaths of the entire royal family, the king’s advisor and both of his children, and the prince’s friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. But for Ophelia, the advisor’s daughter, death is not the end, as she awakens in her bedchamber four days in the past. With the knowledge of what is to come, she attempts to avert this Shakespearean tragedy. Again and again and again.
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