Gillette is being praised and condemned for an ad about “toxic masculinity.” Here’s what people are saying

SALT LAKE CITY — A video ad released Monday by razor brand Gillette that takes on “toxic masculinity” is being called “brave and timely” by some and “an assault on men” by others.

The ad — or rather, social messaging statement, since it doesn’t actually include razors — starts with a series of images depicting boys and men bullying, fighting and disrespecting women. A man on a TV set makes lewd gestures towards a woman, and a man in a corporate board room starts “mansplaining” on behalf of a female associate. A line of men standing with their arms crossed behind a row of grills chant, “Boys will be boys.”

Then the tone shifts. The ad shows men breaking up fights, intervening to stop harassment of women and speaking kindly. It ends with a message: “It’s only by challenging ourselves to do more that we can get closer to our best.”

The YouTube video has more than 4 million views. But it has nearly 400,000 dislikes compared with 110,000 likes, and some viewers — including many Gillette customers — are criticizing the ad for depicting men in a negative light and drawing on #MeToo era ideas that masculinity can be “toxic.”

The term “toxic masculinity,” an oft-repeated phrase of the #MeToo era, refers to the idea that some men are socialized to be violent, to demean women and to be ashamed of expressing their feelings — but not necessarily that maleness is inherently bad, according to feminists such as Colleen Clemmens, director of women’s and gender studies at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

Still, some have taken offense at Gillette’s approach, including journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan.

Gillette’s move echoes Nike’s 2018 ad featuring former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, who famously sat down and later took a knee during …read more

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Facebook to invest $300 million in local news initiatives

NEW YORK — Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives.

The money will go toward reporting grants for local newsrooms, expanding Facebook’s program to help local newsrooms with subscription business models and investing in nonprofits aimed at supporting local news.

The move comes at a difficult time for the news industry, which is facing falling profits and print readership. Facebook, like Google, has also been partly blamed for the ongoing decline in newspapers’ share of advertising dollars as people and advertisers have moved online.

Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of global news partnerships, acknowledges the company “can’t uninvent the internet,” but says it wants to work with publishers to help them succeed on and off the social network.

“The industry is going through a massive transition that has been underway for a long time,” she said. “None of us have quite figured out ultimately what the future of journalism is going to look like but we want to be part of helping find a solution.”

Facebook has increased its focus on local news in the past year after starting off 2018 with the announcement that it was generally de-emphasizing news stories and videos in people’s feeds on the social network in favor of posts from their friends.

At the same time, though, the company has been cautiously testing out ways to boost local news stories users are interested in and initiatives to support the broader industry. It launched a feature called “Today In” that shows people local news and information , including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements, expanding it to hundreds of cities around the U.S. and a few in Australia.

The push to support local news comes as Facebook, which is based in Menlo Park, California, tries to shake off …read more

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RIP, IM Flash: Micron buys out Intel in $1.5 billion deal

LEHI — All the way back in the mid-’90s, long before the moniker Silicon Slopes was applied to Utah’s burgeoning tech community in northern Utah County, semiconductor giant Micron Technology was busy making advanced electronics out of — wait for it — silicon.

While big plans for Micron’s $1.3 billion facility, which includes multiple buildings with over 2 million square feet of space a few miles east of I-15 in Lehi, didn’t immediately come to fruition, a deal with Intel in the mid-2000s to produce Flash memory for Apple products turbocharged the project.

On Monday, Micron announced it will exercise an option to buy out its IM Flash partner, Intel, in a deal worth $1.5 billion. And while the buyout brings the long-running, and successful, venture to an end, Micron is soaring on its own and getting set to release a new memory/storage product that company leaders believe will help power the technological advances of the future.

Micron Technology

Boise-based Micron Technology announced Monday its plans to buy out IM Flash partner Intel in a $1.5 billion deal. Micron’s sprawling Lehi facility, which includes multiple buildings and over 2 million square feet of space, will continue to develop and manufacture a new generation of memory/storage products. The company’s 1,700 Utah employees should not be impacted by the deal.

“The IM Flash acquisition will enable Micron to accelerate our R&D and optimize our manufacturing plan for 3D XPoint,” said Micron Technology President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra in a statement. “The Utah-based facility provides us with the manufacturing flexibility and highly skilled talent to drive 3D XPoint development and innovation, and to deliver on our emerging technology roadmap.”

Micron officials said the 1,700 IM Flash employees aren’t likely to be impacted by the change, except that they will “know what company they’re in without …read more

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Sutherland Institute taps 2 new board members

SALT LAKE CITY— The Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based conservative think tank, announced Monday that Greg Miller and John Sperry will join the organization’s board of trustees.

“We welcome the energy and expertise of these two great Utahns,” Sutherland President and CEO Rick Larsen said in a statement.

Miller has served in leadership positions within the Larry H. Miller organization for more than 30 years, including seven years as CEO. He is a member of the board of directors and a trustee for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.

Sperry is the entrepreneurial force behind InMoment, a customer experience feedback company. He founded the company in 2002 and served as CEO until 2017, when he took on the new role of chief scientist and chairman of the board.

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