Thursday, February 11, 2016

That's just cruel, man.

Frontline had an episode the other night on the rise of Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS. I, unfortunately, haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but this being the internet and all, that's not going to stop me from writing about it.

Ok, that's not completely true. I should probably mention what DFS is for those who either don't know or have managed to block out the commercials that were everywhere this fall. DFS is a one day fantasy sports game where you pick players and based on how they perform that day, you get so many points. Whoever has the most points wins. Oh, and you wager on it so there's the potential to win or, more often, lose money.

But like I said, I haven't watched yet, but that didn't stop me from following along on Twitter during the show. And one tweet in particular stuck out to me.

One producer for Frontline watched all the different commercials for DFS. He or she spent 10 hours a day watching. 50 hours a week.

Since September.

I'm not sure which level of hell having to watch DFS commercials all day is in Dante's Inferno, but it's going to be in there. I really hope that person was able to get the help they need. Oddly, I also hope they kept track of ever promo code word listed as I'd like to see that list.

So I'll be watching that sometime soon (hopefully tonight.) If you didn't DVR it, it's on I'm sure.

On to the links:

Bullying was Christ Christie's trump card, before Trump got into the race - On the decline and fall of Christie's campaign for president. 

Step by Step on a Desperate Trek by Migrants Through Mexico - A look at the challenges and difficulties faced by migrants trying to even get to the U.S. border.

Stop Calling the Babylonians Scientists - An article that raises the question of what is science and what is understanding.

Thanks, as always for reading.

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