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Spark Summary: Twitter, Fish Sticks, and the Future of Comedy

Sep 12, 2013

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“First of all, let me apologize for any typos. I’m writing this essay from my phone while driving to Trader Joe’s to buy some Soyaki sauce for my homemade artisanal fish sticks. They took a week to make. Only typing at red lights, however. Safety first!

Okay—comedy and technology. In 2013, being a comedian or writer without using the Internet or a mobile device is like being a fish and not using whatever fish-Internet they have under the ocean or freshwater lake. Technology—including Twitter, YouTube, cell phones, etc.—has completely revolutionized comedy. Everything is about phones and the web these days. I’ve even updated a classic comedy-joke to reflect the state of 2013 comedy: “A nun, a priest, and a rabbi walk into a bar. They’re all looking at their smartphones….”

—Megan Amram, comedian and writer on the NBC series Parks and Recreation.

Read her full article here, and check out the other pieces from Spark’s Entertainment Issue:

Killing The Noise: Technology And The Rebirth Of Record Labels
Mobilized fans and the ease of music publishing has spelled doom for the music industry. But there is a way it can mount a comeback tour.
By Nate Lanxon, an editor for Wired UK

Music Discovery Reinvented: 3 Ideas That Will Change Everything
These mobile-centric concepts will shape the search for your new favorite song.
By Stuart Dredge, a freelance journalist and contributor to The Guardian

How Mobile Will Change Movies

My odyssey with the very small screen and the implications of handheld cinema.

ByMike D'Angelo, a longtime film critic currently at the A.V. Club

The Future of Literature

Here is how reading on a connected mobile device can be truly immersive.

By Richard Nash, VP of community & content at Small Demons

Video: Guillermo del Toro's Technology Blockbuster
Technology’s role in crafting a blockbuster.

Infographic: Great Moments In Mobile Video                                              

A look at handheld video innovation and its impact on culture.

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