Today we update several of the big stories that we’ve been following…
Instagram bans #Goddess
On July 30, we reported that Instagram had banned the hashtag term #goddess. The social media site was attempting to curb, as it has done before, the posting of unacceptable content or images. In a statement, Instagram specifically said that “#goddess was consistently being used to share content that violates our guidelines around nudity.” The ban inspired a #bringbackthegoddess protest, including wide-spread criticism and backlash from around the world. After a recent check, it appears that the hashtag is coming back.
Don’t call it a comeback! Morris dancing has been here for years! The Guardian’s music blog talks about how a younger generation interested and influenced by Pagan traditions, folk music, and a viral campaign for the faux-documentary “Morris: A Life With Bells On” are bringing new blood to a venerable tradition. The music plays a major part, and it is through English folk – or the English folk revival scene – that a new generation of more urbane-minded people of both sexes are finding their way to morris dancing. “1960s and 70s British folk was a cool time for music, and bands such as Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull and even Led Zeppelin took a lot of cues, sonically and visually, from British folk arts,” says music journalist and proud morris dancer Jo Kendall.
This Saturday, BBC One viewers will get to see the premier of “Merlin”, a new fantasy series featuring “Buffy” alum Anthony Head as Uther, and a veritable “Scooby Gang” of young actors playing the roles of Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, and Guinevere.”Merlin, which begins on Saturday September 20, is a new take on the tales of King Arthur. Rather than re-visiting the legend of the knights and the round table, this version goes further back to examine those characters’ formative years. The new series is set in the court of King Uther Pendragon … Something of a tyrant, King Uther has outlawed magic in the kingdom of Camelot, and anyone caught using such tricks will be sentenced to death.”While developing the show, the BBC said they wanted a family production that appealed to “three generation TV”.”Three generation TV – that’s TV you can watch with your grandparents and children. There’s not enough of that about,” Mr Fincham said.