How are we feeling this morning, Canada? After a series filled with late (very late!) night games, and a nail biting, nerve wracking Game 6, the Raptors made HISTORY last night by winning the NBA championship title!
The entire country was LIT UP, the celebrations went on into the wee hours, and Canada can proudly stick another feather in its cap. The Raptors are truly Canada’s team now, and what better way to start the weekend!! That, and of course, The Weekly Download!
Here are the headlines you might have missed this week: Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends report is revealed, Old Navy does damage control after an alleged racial profiling incident goes viral, Instagram suffers another outage, Ali Stroker makes history at the 2019 Tony Awards, and more awesome Raptors content from Tim Hortons and Jimmy Kimmel.
Ready for it? Let’s go!
The 2019 Internet Trends Report is Revealed
Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report was presented this week during Vox/Recode’s Code Conference. The annual report was first presented by Meeker (also known as the “Queen of the internet”) in 1995 and underlines the most important statistics and technology trends on the web.
Here are some of the key findings in this year’s report:
- For the first time, Americans spent more time on their mobile devices than they did watching TV
- Multiplayer video games (think Fortnite) are becoming increasingly similar to social media networks thanks to events streamed in-game
- A rising number of people are using images to communicate — over 50 percent of all tweets, for example, now include images
- New platforms are emerging as hubs for internet ad spending: Amazon, Twitter and Pinterest are growing steadily, but Google and Facebook are still top channels for ad spend
- In 2018, American adults spent an unprecedented average of 6.3 hours per day interacting with digital media, and a growing number of adults report being online “almost constantly”
- Although more people are spending time online, digital ad revenue is slowing down
Want to take a deeper dive into the deck? All 333 slides are available here.
An Alleged Racial Profiling Incident at Old Navy Square One Goes Viral
An aggressive local retail worker has been fired after a video showing her accusing a black woman of stealing has gone viral. The videos have been watched over one million times on Facebook alone, and have been shared by high-profile social media accounts like The Shade Room.
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I was racially profiled in Old Navy at Square one shopping centre today, I felt uncomfortable so instead of exchanging my merchandise there or buying the white dress I tried on, I decided to go somewhere else, I even went as far as to voice my concern to staff before leaving the store, (which at this point I would’ve understood if she asked about my shirt). Then when I was at Browns looking for shoes, a staff by the name of Stephanie said she seen that I did not walk into the store with my top on, and they saw it on camera, and that I still had the price tag on it, she then proceeded to put her hands on me in front of security guard Quesada 10830909, after getting very irate they advised her to let go, I went back to the store and had to wait, after she already said she previously seen the video. Her manager Gillian Pike than apologized, took my info after approx 15mins and said they would get back to me with the district store manager. Guys I cried cause I never thought in a million years this would happen to me. I would’ve been more calm and understanding if she didn’t accuse me first, and would’ve been happy to show my receipt, especially because I voiced my racial profile complain to the employee before I left the store. This needs to stop, Stephanie had no Right to aggressively lay her hands on me and accuse me of stealing a $13 dollar top, had she not have done that this situation would’ve ended quietly. #OldNavy #OldNavyCanada #Racism #shoppingwhileblack #RacialProfiling #InShock #Angry
Old Navy staff at the location apologized for the employee’s behaviour and later confirmed that she was no longer with the organization. After much public disappointment and concern was shared in response to the video, Old Navy Canada also issued a statement:
“Old Navy was founded to be a place where everyone belongs. It’s been a part of our culture and values since day one, and that makes it even more upsetting when incidents occur that don’t reflect those values.”
Ali Stroker Makes History at the 73rd annual Tony Awards
This past Sunday, “Oklahoma!” actress Ali Stroker made history at the 73rd annual Tony Awards when she became the first wheelchair user to win a Tony, a huge moment for representation in the disability community.
While the win marked an important milestone, it was also a sad reminder of the lack of accessibility in today’s society. Without a permanent or temporary ramp for stage access, Ali had to wait in the wings backstage in case she won and couldn’t join the rest of the “Oklahoma!” cast and crew onstage when they accepted their “Best Revival of a Musical” award.
Many took to Twitter to voice their disappointment:
So happy Ali Stroker won. Pissed that she had to sit back stage, separated from the audience, because the Tonys wouldn’t build a ramp up to the stage. Accessibility is a non-negotiable human right. #TonyAwards
— amanda! (@sentientfulton) June 10, 2019
Ali Stroker being the first wheelchair user to win a Tony, but there being no ramp for her to get on stage is maybe the best way to explain what it's like to be disabled. Despite being the best in a field, despite everyone loving you, this world will never accommodate you fully.
— Claire Forrest (@claire4est) June 10, 2019
Ali Stroker Accepts Tony in a Wheelchair, Making History https://t.co/lmd2nJKsUo
Congrats to Ali. It's a great achievement. It speaks volumes, though, that there was no ramp to the stage, and she had to sit backstage before accepting her award. This must change NOW.
— Mike Broderick VO ♿ (@MikeBroderickVO) June 10, 2019
Instagram Was Down Yesterday (AGAIN)
Instagram faced yet another major outage yesterday afternoon with users around the world reporting problems. A statement released by the company revealed that “technical issues” were to blame.
Many users took to Twitter to complain about the outage using the hashtag #instagramdown — it didn’t take long for it to become the #1 trending topic worldwide.
While outages can’t always be prevented and happen now and then in the world of tech, it seems like Instagram has had a bit of an unlucky streak as of late. Tell us—does the unpredictability of the app bother you, or does it provide you with a bit of welcome downtime?
Tim Hortons’ New Raptors-Themed Ad Tugs at Heartstrings
As we mentioned at the top, the whole country has been abuzz with Raptors mania! Tim Hortons did a masterful job capitalizing on that NBA Championship excitement and has released a new digital ad featuring Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia.
Let’s just say the ad is making us feel super proud to be Canadian (and a little teary, too!)
— Tim Hortons (@TimHortons) June 10, 2019
Toronto Raptors Fans Betray Their Team
Jimmy Kimmel is at it again with the NBA Championship content! This video is too good not to include in this week’s Friday Fun.