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Herzog grins as he takes a seat in a conference room at UCLA, which has been set up for an event later this evening. His eyes droop, but his skin is remarkably smooth, like the surface of a slightly underinflated balloon. And then there’s that voice—silky, portentous—you can imagine it coming out of a GPS system giving driving directions to Valhalla. “I like to look back at the evolution of modern human beings,” he says of his interest in the Internet. “Using fire or electricity was an enormous step for civilization, and this is one of those. And I think the poet must not avert his eyes.”

Lo and Behold is a strange film, and the strangest detail may be the fact that it is, at heart, sponsored content. Its origin goes back to late 2014 when Jim McNiel, newly installed as chief marketing officer of an Internet security and assurance firm called NetScout, was seeking a high-profile way to promote his company’s new brand positioning: Guardians of the Connected World. McNiel hired an ad agency, which pointed him to a public safety campaign Herzog had recently shot for ATT called “From One Second to the Next.” It illustrated the dangers of texting and driving in a series of almost unbearable interviews with victims and perpetrators of car crashes. The 35-minute film became a huge success, racking up more than 3 million views on ATT’s YouTube page. So McNiel got in touch, and the two started talking: Perhaps Herzog could shoot a series of online shorts for NetScout, demonstrating how much we depend on the Internet and the catastrophes its destruction—or even its interruption—might unleash?

This, it turns out, was an apt pitch for Herzog, who has described civilization as a thin layer of ice atop a roiling, chaotic ocean. When McNiel told Herzog about a February 2015 service interruption in Arizona that crippled everything from gas pumps to ATM machines, the director saw the cinematic possibilities. “I’ve seen it in New York with Hurricane Sandy,” Herzog says. “My wife was there, and she says within two days people became like zombies that cannot connect with their cell phones because the towers are down. And they cannot even use a toilet. Tens of thousands of people roaming the streets in a daze in search of a toilet.” (Presumably this is that non-“accountant’s truth” Herzog talks about.)

Almost immediately, the project began taking on grander proportions and treading into murky philosophical waters. One of Herzog’s first interviews was with Ted Nelson, a technology pioneer who coined the term hypertext in the 1960s, about his unrealized, vaguely spiritual vision for what the Internet should have become. Speaking with him on his houseboat, Herzog realized that the interview could only be understood as part of a larger, organic story—about the birth of the Internet and the ways it threatens to transform humanity. A few weeks later, he went back to NetScout and told McNiel that, for a modest budget increase, he wanted to make a feature film.

McNiel, a Herzog fan since Fitzcarraldo, says that he was personally delighted by the idea. But NetScout’s overall response was … wary. The company’s executives had thought they were making a series of shareable videos celebrating the Internet and, at least implicitly, the company’s efforts to protect it. Now Herzog wanted to make a 90-minute film that would have to be shopped around to distributors, festivals, and streaming services and would only flash NetScout’s name briefly, twice. Where was the ROI on that? How was it going to help the company sell application and network performance-management products?

“It was a big ask,” says McNiel, who says he can’t think of another corporation that has sponsored a feature documentary that wasn’t a commercial. “But I am confident that the film stands on its own and will make people think, and if they can associate that with our company, that will be positive.” The company gave Herzog a green light.

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Earlier this year, MTV unearthed a prescient 1992 interview with Tupac Shakur in which the late rap icon speaks passionately about some of the biggest issues America is still facing today. Among them: wealth inequality, systematic institutionalized racism, and the critical lack of empathy for people most profoundly affected by these injustices. He even, prophetically, name checks Donald Trump nearly 25 years before the orange oligarch’s rise to political power. Though Pac was born to New York-based Black Panther Party members, his legacy is steeped in both the sonic and sociopolitical traditions of West Coast gangsta rap. The genre’s modern torchbearer, YG, has made it his mission to pick up where that interview left off. He’s leading a new generation’s charge against Trump.

Last month, YG released his sophomore album Still Brazy. Its biggest banger is titled simply “Fuck Donald Trump” — a rallying cry for Americans of all walks of life. Its music video shoot was shut down by LAPD, and the song ignited a Secret Service investigation into every lyric on Still Brazy (a few of which were actually censored). None of that stopped YG from releasing the anthem’s follow up — “FDT Part 2″ — during last week’s Republican National Convention. And in an unexpected twist, he recruited G-Eazy and Macklemore to share their political perspectives on the sequel as well.

YG is engaging with these issues outside the studio, too. On Twitter, he’s inspiring conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement and boosting local politicians like Compton Mayor Aja Brown and State Senator Isaac Galvan. He’s also established a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Compton’s disadvantaged youth. We sat down to tackle all things Trump.

No Republican presidential candidate has won California since 1988; a lot of them don’t even try to anymore. You’re someone who speaks powerfully to the issues impacting your community, so I think it’s great that you’re committed to rallying people against him regardless of California’s like-minded population. Why is important for you to keep having these conversations?
Because it’s serious. It’s so much bigger than California. I was working on music when we first started talking about all of this shit. We were having convos, I know the next motherfuckers were having convos, hop on Twitter and everyone’s talking about this shit. So I was like, “I’m gonna say something and use my platform for something real.” That was my first time making a meaningful record; I usually do the turn ups. But that shit had a real impact.

It really did. I think we’re really starting to see more people in the game engage with these issues.
Yeah, it’s like, wake up, America. Motherfuckers are talking about drugs and parties and guns and shit. But they gotta know there’s more shit going on. We gotta say something, cause if not, it’s like we’re out here standing for nothing, like we ain’t got no morals. That ain’t what it is. That ain’t me. So I decided to speak up.

Why did you want to get G-Eazy and Macklemore on “FDT Part 2″?
They’re the two biggest white rappers in the game! I’m like, if I get two of the biggest white rap dudes in the game on this “Fuck Donald Trump” record, that shit is gonna mean something. Before Macklemore was on “Part 2″ he said like, “Good shit bro, that shit was needed,” about the first song. So I was like, “Bro, you support Trump?” and he was like “Fuck no!” I’m like, “Well look, I’m doing this remix and I want you to hop on it. It’s actually with G-Eazy.” And he was like, “I got you, send that shit.” That’s just the rap community. Everybody know that’s where this rap shit started from: talking about problems and what’s going on in inner city communities.

There’s five more months until the election. Should we expect “Part 3″?
Man, I labeled it “Part 2″ because a “Part 3″ or “Part 4″ could happen. I just gotta get off this tour and start putting some shit together!

I heard that you had made some Trump t-shirts, so I went on the 4Hunnid Instagram to have a look. I saw that a girl with a hijab is modeling them, and people in the comments section have been stoked. I think that’s so important. A lot of fashion brands aren’t at that place yet; diverse representation is a huge issue in our industry.
Other designers pull from the street all the time; they pull from the culture and put it into their shit. So I know the 4Hunnid brand is going to be successful because we ain’t going by none of these fashion rules. We’re doing what we do and speaking to where we come from.

Let’s talk about your 4Hundred Waze non-profit and the projects you’re working on.
We just do a lot of events to help give back to the kids and keep them off the streets — events around Christmas. We’re doing a lot of small stuff right now because we’re building it up, but we’ve got plans to put kids through colleges and help with cancer diagnoses.

What’s been the most rewarding part of it so far?
Just seeing the smile on these people’s faces. It really ain’t nobody going back to Bompton like that. But my mama quarterbacked it all; she’s from Bompton and that’s the type of person she is. She had a daycare for probably ten years; that’s always been a part of her life, helping parents and kids.

What can young people do to take action against Trump or the injustice in their own communities?
Man, it’s hard. We for sure have to come together, but we have got to find the real people that’s going to make a difference. A lot of certain people that just run this shit — it’s a crazy system behind the scenes. As people, we can come together and we can protest, but honestly, that shit probably ain’t going to change. We’ve gotta figure out who’s behind the scenes, who will lead the people, and how we’re going to get to them. Black people are painted as beefing with each other and killing each other, and that’s why I think [police and politicians] think they can get away with so much shit — cause we do fucked up shit to our own kind. So when we come together in protest, that really means something. It’s powerful. But, is that really going to make a difference with what’s going on? I don’t know, and that’s the truth. But it’s a start. 


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Unless you’ve been living under a Geodude for the past fortnight, you know all about Pokémon Go. The largest mobile game in US history; forty million downloads worldwide; an estimated $1.6 million in revenue per day. It is, in no uncertain terms, a phenomenon, surpassing Twitter and Tinder in active users and flying like a Zubat to the top of App Store revenue charts.

I was away on holiday when Pokémon Go hit the UK. Before I left, spending the entirety of one’s time following evasive and difficult to pin down cartoon characters was largely resigned to news of Foreign Secretary appointments or Republican Party primaries. Fast forward a week and Hillary Clinton has name-checked the game in a speech, while Donald Trump has continued the Pokébattle with a new campaign video. Even Jeremy Corbyn has been seen receiving a tutorial on the BBC, the embattled Labour leader distracting himself by hunting for a Krabby, while the rest of his party distracted themselves by hunting for a new leader.

Perhaps distraction is the key here. Launching at the end of an especially violent run of events in theUnited States, Pokémon Go presents us with a simpler world: a well-timed respite from a landscape in which our problems seem to have become so big,and so very complex, it’s increasingly difficult to figure out our own experiences within them. Where we lack a sort of”cognitive map” for dealing with, say, the impact of globalisation, the rise of authoritarianism in the U.S., or the economic fallout from Brexit, we gain a literal one for discovering the nearest Rattata. And, within those discoveries, there’s nostalgia at play too.

Coming just after the game’s 20th anniversary, Pokémon Go falls neatly into pop culture’s two-decade nostalgia cycle (see also last Saturday’s Grease Night on Channel 4 – the original movie tapping into the mid-1970s appetite for all things 50s). Taking us back to the more innocent – and notably pre-9/11 – time of the franchise’s original release, it presents users with a break from the doom and gloom of reality and a retreat into, well, an augmented one. Restoring the element of imagination so sorely missed within the realism heavy framework of today’s politics, Pokémon Go acts as pure pop escapism; the kind of utopian space central to notions of liberation since forever.

As Marx and Engels once wrote: “it is possible to achieve real liberation only in the real world and by real means”. That may still be true; they just didn’t bank on that real world being augmented. 

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Elle est celle qui a donné l’alerte, mardi matin, après la prise d’otages qui a fait un mort et trois blessés dans une église de Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime). Soeur Danielle s’est exprimée ce soir sur RMC.

Les meurtriers du prêtre égorgé mardi matin dans une église de Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime) se sont “enregistrés” au moment du crime, a témoigné sur RMC Sœur Danielle, une religieuse parvenue à s’enfuir de l’église lors de la prise d’otages et qui avait donné l’alerte.

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“C’était enregistré, ils se sont enregistrés”, a déclaré la religieuse à la radio, précisant qu’un des deux assaillants avait fait “un peu comme un sermon autour de l’autel en arabe” juste avant l’assassinat du père Jacques Hamel.

Il est grand, le père Jacques

Sœur Danielle n’a pas précisé comment les meurtriers, dont l’attentat a été revendiqué par le groupe État islamique, avaient procédé à l’enregistrement. “Dans l’église ce (mardi) matin, tout le monde criait mais arrêtez, arrêtez, vous ne vous rendez pas compte de ce que vous faites, puis (…) ils ont forcé (le prêtre) à se mettre à genoux et lui a voulu se défendre et c’est là que le drame a commencé”, a témoigné la religieuse qui assistait à la messe matinale.

“Moi, j’ai réagi au moment où il s’est attaqué à Jacques et il était à genoux et il a failli le faire tomber. Je suis sortie vite, il était occupé à lui envoyer le couteau, il ne m’a pas vue sortir”, a raconté Sœur Danielle. Évoquant la victime, Sœur Danielle l’a qualifiée de “prêtre extraordinaire”. “C’est tout ce que je peux dire (…) Il est grand, le Père Jacques”, a-t-elle témoigné.

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Dans un communiqué, le pape François “condamne de la manière la plus radicale” l’attaque dans une église à Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, en France, qui a fait un mort et un blessé grave.

Le pape François s’associe “à la douleur et à l’horreur” et “condamne de la manière la plus radicale” l’attaque dans une église en France, selon un communiqué du Vatican qui évoque “un meurtre barbare”. “Nous sommes particulièrement frappés parce que cette violence horrible est intervenue dans une église, un lieu sacré où s’annonce l’amour de Dieu, avec le meurtre barbare d’un prêtre et des fidèles touchés”, a expliqué le Vatican.

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En Pologne dès demain pour les Journées mondiales de la jeunesse

Le pape, qui doit s’envoler mercredi pour un voyage en Pologne à l’occasion des Journées mondiales de la jeunesse, “a été informé et s’associe à la douleur et à l’horreur, condamne de la manière la plus radicale toute forme de haine et prie pour les personnes touchées”, a ajouté le Saint-Siège. “Cette nouvelle information terrible s’ajoute malheureusement à une série de violences ces derniers jours qui nous ont déjà bouleversés, suscitant une immense douleur et inquiétude”, a précisé le Vatican en se disant proche de la paroisse frappée et de l’ensemble du peuple français.

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Un prêtre a été tué mardi et une personne grièvement blessée lors d’une prise d’otages dans une église à Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, dans le nord-ouest de la France, une attaque qui accroît encore la tension dans un pays récemment ciblé par une série d’attentats jihadistes.

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