Indonesia’s 2021 economic recovery will not be at ‘full power’: Sri Mulyani

first_imgBringing COVID-19 under control, as well as the recovery of the global economy and structural reforms to attract investment and fiscal support, are among the important factors that will impact the economy next year, Sri Mulyani said Tuesday.Given these challenges, the government expects the economy to grow by 4.5 to 5.5 percent next year.“Taking into account these factors and the lower baseline economic growth in 2020, the government is convinced the economic growth [target] remains realistic,” the minister said.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion this year to rescue the economy, but bureaucratic red tape and a lack of citizen data has held up the much-needed disbursement of assistance and stimulus funds. Indonesia’s economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year as domestic consumption, business investment and government spending fell significantly. Meanwhile, the country has continued to record thousands of new COVID-19 cases this week, with the overall tally reaching 180,000 on Wednesday, according to official records.Sri Mulyani said many expected the country to enter a recession in the third quarter this year, while negative growth also anticipated to continue into the fourth quarter. The government has forecast the economy to contract 1.1 percent to 0.2 percent this year.Meanwhile, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Minister Suharso Monoarfa stated on the same occasion that the pandemic would also cause mass layoffs and see millions fall into poverty, increasing the country’s level of inequality.The government estimates that the open unemployment rate will increase to around 8.1 to 9.2 percent due to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, from 4.8 to 5 percent previously, while the poverty rate could surge to around 9.7 to 10.2 percent from 8.5 to 9 percent before the pandemic, according to Suharso.Indonesia’s gini ratio is also expected to increase to 0.379 to 0.381 from 0.375 to 0.380, signaling growing inequality, he added.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak would likely peak this month, adding that he was “very confident” a safe and effective vaccine would be developed by the end of this year.“From what I gathered this morning, the peak will still be in September,” Jokowi said as reported by Reuters. “After that, it will fall.”However, efforts to revive the economy continue to be haunted by the rising number of COVID-19 cases.Indonesia’s manufacturing activity has shown signs of improvement for the first time since February, with IHS Markit’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for Indonesia, a gauge of the country’s manufacturing activity, rising to 50.8 points in August from 46.9 a month before, with a value above 50 indicating expansion against the previous month.However, risks remain as new COVID-19 clusters emerge in factories and industrial areas and as household spending remains weak.Retail sales in Indonesia also continued to contract on a year-on-year basis in July, but the contractions have been improving since the lows recorded in May, said analysts at Fitch Solutions.“Similar to household goods and electronics, the sale of these discretionary items have yet to record a meaningful recovery, suggesting that Indonesian consumers have been severely impacted by the economic realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant restrictions,” the analysts wrote in a note made available to The Jakarta Post. “This does not bode well for the remainder of 2020, as more job losses or wage cuts are likely to exacerbate this.”Topics : Indonesia’s economic recovery in 2021 may not be at “full power”, with the COVID-19 pandemic expected to continue to dampen domestic consumption and investment, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.While the government anticipates a vaccine will be available for the public in the second half of next year, the economy may remain sluggish until then, Sri Mulyani stated on Wednesday.“We cannot assume there will be a full-power recovery because the COVID-19 pandemic will remain an important factor that will hold up the recovery of domestic consumption, investment and the global economy,” she told lawmakers during a hearing at the House of Representatives. “Our economy will depend on the recovery in the second half of 2021.”last_img read more

Luxury riverfront development hits market

first_img… which includes six, top floor, north-facing, riverfront penthouses (from $2.25 million), 18 north-facing riverfront apartments (from $1.675 million) and six street facing townhomes (from $1.325 million) …More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“All apartments and penthouses have three bedrooms and three bathrooms with a media or multipurpose room,” Mr Ansell said. “They feature ridiculous amounts of storage and have a wide, open flow from the interior and kitchen through to the living and dining rooms and to the generous balconies beyond.“The ground floor apartments are especially exciting as they have been designed with spacious terraces and yards that remain on the same high level as the apartments. “The grassed area of each apartment only drops down to the same lower level as the river outside of the secured, private entry gates, where public access will be introduced to this stretch of the river for the first time when ONE Bulimba Riverfront is built.” ONE Bulimba Riverfront by Velocity Property GroupVelocity Property Group managing director Brendon Ansell has lived in Bulimba for 18 years.It is a suburb he knows well, and loves.So when the opportunity to purchase a block of land on Byron St came up in 2017, he jumped at the chance.“I love living in Bulimba and I truly believe that what we have created at ONE Bulimba Riverfront delivers Bulimba’s best luxury riverfront lifestyle,” the Brisbane developer said. “From the size of the residences to the relationship of each apartment and penthouse with the river, to the beautiful finishes and fixtures that are timeless in their design, ONE Bulimba Riverfront delivers exceptional value for anyone wanting to live on the Brisbane River.”Velocity will officially launch ONE Bulimba Riverfront today, with construction expected to start next month. … breathtaking views of the Brisbane River …In addition to the penthouses and apartments, six townhomes will be constructed facing Byron St.Mr Ansell said the three level townhomes will each include a lift, and feature three bedrooms and a separate bedroom or office on the ground floor with private access from the street.“It (the spare room) can be used as a business location or a guest area. Combined with two private car parks in each townhome and stunning bathrooms, finishes and a luxury kitchen, the town homes are bigger than many houses in Bulimba,” he said. … that you can even drive under.Velocity has also applied for an eight-berth marina. If approved, some berths will be sold to buyers while a few will be kept to ensure river access for all ONE Bulimba Riverfront residents.Bulimba, and in particular Byron St, has been undergoing a revitalisation, with the boatyards making way for The Boatyard Bulimba, a 27 apartment complex, and surplus land at the Bulimba Barracks recently hitting the market. That land is expected to be snapped up by developers and transformed into a residential, retail and recreation precinct. … luxury kitchens with high-end finishes and appliances …Residences within ONE Bulimba Riverside will also have a green edge, with solar panels, inverters and Tesla power walls included in the penthouses, solar panels and inverters included in the townhomes and the option to upgrade to solar panels and inverters in the apartments.Energy-saving technology will also be included in all common areas to drive down body corporate costs. … and a luxury residents pool … Velocity Property Group have launched ONE Bulimba Riverfront …The riverfront complex will include six, top floor, north-facing, riverfront penthouses (from $2.25 million), 18 north-facing riverfront apartments (from $1.675 million) and six street facing townhomes (from $1.325 million).last_img read more

Renovated stunner hits the market in Margate

first_imgThe sun room receives sea breezes. Picture: Supplied.“We love the sun room — it has bay views and when you sit in there in the afternoon you have soft sea breezes coming through,” Mrs Hill said. “We rarely have airconditioning on in summer because you get lovely cross winds when you open the back door and front windows.“We also like to spend evenings on the deck by the pool, it’s so quiet and peaceful out there.”Mrs Hill said the property would suit most buyers with plenty of room for cars, boats and trailers. Timber floors feature throughout the living areas upstairs. Picture: Supplied.“My husband and I are on our own now and it doesn’t feel like the house is too big, but when family come, we’ve got all that space,” she said.“The liveability is amazing, you’re no more than a 1km walk from shops, cafes and bars and only about 400m from the ocean. And the neighbours are beautiful.” The home is being marketed by Loren Mulholland and Ben Smith of Ray White Redcliffe. The home at 25 Langdon Ave, Margate. Picture: Supplied.THIS much-loved seaside home has been given a complete makeover to suit modern living. Deborah and Gordon Hill purchased the property at 25 Langdon Ave, Margate in 2017 from the original owners.“The people who we bought it off built the house in about 1958,” Mrs Hill said. “You could tell it had been really loved. It had a beautiful feeling the moment we walked in.”Mrs Hill said they renovated the entire house while trying to keep that feeling of a loved family home. center_img The kitchen has been completely updated. Picture: Supplied.“It’s now got a loose Hamptons style, a beachy look,” she said. “It’s a magnificent house with new kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, and master with ensuite.” More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Upstairs, the home has timber floorboards throughout the living spaces and bedrooms and stone benchtops to the kitchen and bathrooms.Downstairs, there is a foyer, living area, bathroom, laundry, double garage and storage area. Outside, there is a covered deck overlooking the inground pool.last_img read more

RRS Sir David Attenborough Gets Its Engines

first_imgAnother milestone has been reached on the journey towards the completion of Britain’s new polar research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough, designed by Rolls-Royce and being built by Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird.The last of the vessel’s Bergen B33:45 engines /gensets have been craned into the ship’s hull at Cammell Laird ready to be connected to the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s Rolls-Royce propulsion system.The nine cylinder engines are installed in three separate pieces. The first part of the nine cylinder engine to be craned into place was its double resilient foundation. This huge specialised rigid welded skid, which sits on rubber noise dampers, is an integral part of the vessel’s low underwater radiated noise design. The foundation is followed by the engine itself and then the alternators.Professor Dame Jane Francis, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Director, said: “All of our scientists, engineers and support teams are watching the build progress of our new ship with excitement. This latest milestone takes us a step closer towards using this state-of-the-art research facility. Our engineers and scientists need the ship’s engines to be quiet during underwater scientific experiments and we are very pleased that the engines are designed for fuel efficiency to help us minimise our impact on the environment.”John Syvret CBE, CEO, Cammell Laird, said: “This is a major milestone in the journey towards the completion of this state-of-the-art vessel. It shows what Cammell Laird, one of Europe’s most innovative, best equipped and highest skilled marine engineering service providers can do. With our world-class facilities and workforce, we are well on the way to completing the highly complex advanced engineering project which is the RSS Sir David Attenborough.”Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, president – Marine, said: “The Rolls-Royce designed RRS Sir David Attenborough is the most advanced scientific maritime vessel ever constructed. We had to meet a very demanding list of design requirements from Cammell Laird and its customer, the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) on behalf of the British Antarctic Survey, and work hand in hand with them to make our vision a reality. I’m proud to think that Rolls-Royce equipment, including the B33:45, will play a role in helping future climate scientists understand how changes in the Arctic and Antarctic will impact the wider global climate.”The Bergen B33:45 (two nine and two six cylinder) engines provide both mechanical propulsion and electric power generation in a power range from 3,600 to 5,400kW. The engines, together with the Rolls-Royce hull shape design, will allow the RSS Sir David Attenborough to cut through the ice, pushing it away and under the ice sheet being crossed. This enables the vessel to break ice to a thickness of 1.5 metres at a minimum speed of 3 knots.The engines run on low sulphur fuel, have good fuel efficiency down to very low loads and are fitted with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and an electronic engine management system with an integrated control unit. This monitors and controls all key engine functions and exhaust after treatment. The vessel complies with both IMO Tier II and Tier III rules.One of the most stringent design requirements for the vessel was very low levels of underwater radiated noise to allow the undertaking of underwater survey work.The gensets provide power to the electrical system and 5 MW peak effect battery capacity. Batteries reduce the vessel’s fuel consumption, emissions, noise and vibration as well as increasing redundancy and consequently safety. Using electrical winches instead of hydraulic ones where possible also reduces the risk of pollution.The RSS Sir David Attenborough has been commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for operation by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). When it enters service in 2019, the ship will carry out oceanographic and other scientific work in both the Antarctic and Arctic as well as transporting supplies to Antarctic research stations.Rolls Royce’s most recent polar research vessel design project, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research’s FF Kronprins Haakon, has successfully passed sea trials and will soon be delivered by the shipyard Fincantieri in Italy.last_img read more

Poll: Most men aspire to be dads

first_img3 News 16 June 2013A recent Associated Press-WE TV poll found more than 8 in 10  men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they’d like to be one  someday.Debates about the different ways women approach motherhood  dominate news coverage about parenthood these days, with fathers’ experiences  often left unexamined.A look at what the poll found on how men view fatherhood,  and the changes it has brought for those who have become dads:BECOMING A DADAbout 8 in 10 fathers surveyed said they always knew they  wanted to have children, compared with about 7 in 10 mothers, and 69 percent of  dads called that long-standing desire to have children an important factor in  their decision to have kids.Dads were more likely than mums in the poll to say they saw  positive effects from fatherhood on their love life and career, and they are  just as likely as mums to say it improved their overall happiness, sense of  accomplishment and sense of purpose.When weighing whether to become a parent, mothers and  fathers placed similar levels of importance on where they stood in their career  and the impact having kids might have on their social life, and like mothers,  saw having found the right person to have a child with and the joy of having  children as the most important considerations.MARRIED, WITH KIDSThree-quarters of dads said they were married when their  first child was born. Among those men who aren’t married and who would like to  have children, about one-quarter say they would consider having or adopting a  child without a partner, though 88 percent within this group say they do want to  get married someday.http://www.3news.co.nz/Poll-Most-men-aspire-to-be-dads/tabid/420/articleID/301651/Default.aspxlast_img read more

Ethiopian Jews accuse Israeli government of discrimination

first_imgEthiopian rebels declare ceasefire amid government reforms Hundreds of Israeli Ethiopians protest against racismHundreds of people from Israel’s Jewish Ethiopian minority and police clashed in Tel Aviv during an anti-racism protest on Monday. Police said 19 people have been arrested following violence.The protesters, Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin, were demonstrating against the closing of a case that they say is police brutality after a video was found last month showing policemen shoving and punching a black soldier in April.Tensions have been simmering since Israel’s attorney general decided not to prosecute the police officer caught on tape. Thousands of Jews of Ethiopian origin live in Israel, many of them secretly airlifted into the country in 1984 and 1990, but their absorption into Israeli society has been difficult.Although they are Jewish, Ethiopian community members complain of racism, a lack of opportunity in Israeli society, endemic poverty and routine police harassment. Ethiopian immigration on hold after Israeli budget passes Related Israeli minister vows to help Ethiopian Jews move to Israellast_img read more

Burnham Court hosts basketball action

first_imgTHE Burnham Court was the place to be Sunday night as three matches were played. The games featured one Berbice/Georgetown match-up, one West Side/Georgetown match-up and one U-23 match-up. The matches were each played in four quarters of 10 minutes each and running time. In the first game of the night, TGH Pacesetters cut the wings of the Eagles,winning 50-40 on the back of a 23-point performance by Pacesetter’s prolific guard Nathan Saul.The game was played up-tempo with Pacesetters jumping out to an early lead and finishing the first half 23-21. Saul was kept at bay with 6 points. The second half started with Pacesetters outscoring their opponents 15-8 in the third quarter and at this point Pacesetters simply held on while scoring 12 points in the last quarter to win the game.For Eagles,Lyndon Johnson led the way with 10 points.The second game of the night featured Colts U-23 and West Side Warriors Seniors,with the former winning 40-32. For Colts, it was balanced-scoring combined with a constant rotation of players that led to their win over the West Side team.The game was won in the first quarter with Colts leading 17-2 at the quarter’s close,due to their transition game. The second quarter saw low scoring with Colts scoring 8 points to the West Side’s 5 points to finish the half 25-7.From there,Colts maintained the lead despite scrappy moments,for a comfortable win. Devon Murray had 13 points in his team’s losing effort with Oneil Heywood finishing with 9 points. For Colts, Jafar Gibbons top scored with 10 while Jonathan Mangra added 8 points.The last game of the night saw the Colts senior side manhandling a Rose Hall Jammers side 73-57. Colts had their team boosted with new signees, Jermaine Slater and Dennis Niles,and saw good output from the new players.The first half finished 34-28 in favour of Colts who battled in the post against the physically stronger Berbice team. The game at that point was very even with neither team relenting and Berbice’s main players, Michael Bowen and Jamal Felix,keeping their side in the game. Felix and Bowen would finish with 18 and 12 respectively in the losing effort.It was equal scoring from the Georgetown-based side with Shelroy Thomas, Jermaine Slater, Kurt Elias, Shane Webster and Stanton Rose scoring 10, 10, 12,11 and 10 respectively to secure the second half 39-27.Colts won the game due to the low post offense from Webster, Elias and Slater combined with hot midrange and three-point scoring from their guards Thomas and Rose.last_img read more

Corona pulls out of GFF Super 16 tournament

first_imgTHE Top Brandz partnership under Corona Beer brand will no longer be associated with the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) ‘Super 16’ Year-end tournament.At the press conference to announce their alliance, Marvin Wray, the company’s Corona Beer Brand Manager, had announced that Jamaican Dancehall sensation ‘Popcaan’ would be the headline act for the final and after-concert on January 1, but yesterday, at a simple press conference, it was stated that there will be no such event on New Year’s Day.“Everything did not fall into place, some matters came up that could not have validated our presence in the organisation of the event anymore,” said Wray at a gathering of reporters.He added, “We (Top Brandz) had promised you the people of the country to bring Popcaan for the final of the event; we have done everything we possibly could to have that in place; we’ve tried to do as much as we could, but the partnership that we had, it has not materialise on some ends. We are forced now to remove ourselves from this event.”According to Wray, despite Top Brandz pulling their sponsorship, their partnership with GFF, the company remains committed to the development of sport, especially football, with their launching of a new brand of beer – Hairoun out of St Vincent – set to coincide with their mandate.“We will consider football as our main source of spreading this beer; we will work closely with smaller organisations and the GFF in the future but immediately at the moment, as it is, we will not be taking further part in the tournament,” Wray added.According to the Corona Beer Brand Manager, “We (Top Brandz) deeply regret any issues or problems that may have arisen. It is with a sad and heavy heart because Popcaan is also a personal favourite of mine. We want to give you the Guyanese public the best that you can get. We want to give you value for your dollar and if we believe at some time or the other things will not generate in a certain direction, we have to take a step back and give you what you deserve.”“I implore of anybody out there; if you have an idea or concept that you think can benefit football or the sport fraternity, come visit us at Top Brandz and we can work something out because at the end of the day we believe that the future depends on you,” Wray highlighted.Top Brandz had initially agreed to pay 50% of Popcaan’s fee and the GFF would fulfil the other 50% of the expenses to bring the artiste to Guyana. However, up to press time, Top Brandz maintained that they were ready to fulfil their obligation.last_img read more

The Latest: NBA coach says some players will need ample time

first_img___The Berlin Marathon says the race cannot be held as planned in September because of new restrictions in the city related to the coronavirus pandemic.City authorities have extended a ban on major events with more than 5,000 people until October 24. More than 62,000 people took part in the marathon last year.Organizers say they will take time to “engage with the consequences of the authorities blocking our events, agree on further steps and then inform you.”There was no mention of any plan to restrict the race to elite runners only. That was the solution used by the Tokyo Marathon on March 1. Schools have been shut down since March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prep coaches and athletes held out hope that if schools were opened, they could continue playing. Instead, all competitions, including spring football workouts, were called off.___Canada has rescheduled its Olympic swimming trials for April 7-11, 2021, in Toronto.It will be shortened to five days instead of seven, which was the original plan for this year. Selection and nomination policies for the team chosen from the trials will be developed with the Canadian Olympic Committee.The date change is a result of the Tokyo Games being rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, because of the coronavirus. The Dutch soccer association has canceled the remainder of the women’s league season and cup tournament following a discussion with the clubs.The KNVB says the consequences of the cancellation will be clarified on Friday when soccer authorities talk with the clubs.PSV Eindhoven currently leads the women’s league.The cancellation follows Tuesday’s announcement by the government that its ban on all large-scale events was being extended until Sept. 1.The KNVB says it also plans to cancel the rest of the men’s season but will discuss the issue with UEFA before making the final decision. April 22, 2020 Associated Press The offer was made to Moore, a cricket fan, by England captain Joe Root – a fellow Yorkshireman.“I’d love you to give us a team talk at some point as well,” Root said in a video conversation with Moore, “and get all the lads in the right frame of mind.”The Twitter account of Lord’s posted a message to Moore, saying he is “an inspiration to us all.”With the aid of a walking frame, Moore walked 100 laps of his garden in eastern England to support workers in Britain’s National Health Service. He wanted to complete the mission before his 100th birthday on April 30, and his family initially set a target of raising 1,000 pounds.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego says he thinks some players could need “multiple weeks” to get back into true basketball shape if the NBA decides to return to action this season. The league hasn’t played games in nearly six weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The Latest: NBA coach says some players will need ample time Swimming Canada will hold its open water trials April 17-18, 2021, in the Cayman Islands. Swimming Canada high performance director John Atkinson says that while swimmers are unable to train now, he’s hoping they will resume in this fall.___A 99-year-old World War II veteran who has raised more than 28 million pounds ($34.5 million) for Britain’s health service during the coronavirus pandemic has been invited to perform one of British sport’s quaintest traditions once the crisis is over.Tom Moore will get the chance to ring the famous bell at Lord’s cricket ground, signalling the start of a day’s play, as a reward for his fundraising efforts that have become a national rallying point. The job is typically given to former cricketers or figures in the sport. ___The French rugby league has canceled the semifinals of its Top 14 league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The LNR’s executive committee abandoned hosting the semifinals on June 19 and 20 and the final in mid-July in the southern city of Nice but says they could potentially be played before the end of summer if health conditions allow.The LNR says it is waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible.France is under lockdown until May 11. Borrego says unlike when there was a lockout — and players gathered routinely for five-on-five pickup games in gyms — he knows some players who don’t have access to a court to work on basketball-specific drills. The Hornets staff is monitoring players and helping them with their conditioning remotely during the lockdown, but Borrego cautions the league needs to be “very careful” not to rush back too soon because “nobody wants to get hurt or injured in this time.”Borrego says when players return to practice, they’ll be monitored individually by the training staff to determine their physical condition.___The spring prep sports season is officially over in South Carolina.Gov. Henry McMaster and state education superintendent Molly Spearman announced Wednesday that schools across the state would remain closed through the end of the academic year in early June. That means any chance of high school athletes continuing to play spring sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse ended with the decision. The Berlin Marathon is typically one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Waiting for the Punchline: Twitter memes and jokes breed comedic unoriginality

first_imgI probably sound like an old man yelling at a cloud right now, and that’s fair. It’s just exhausting when the clever and not-so-clever jokes you used to naturally create with your friends have become increasingly derivative of social media content. The jokes pander to Twitter users, and they don’t pack the same punch or satisfaction of original material. This is not a slight at meme culture or memes in general. Again, the creation of unique, entertaining content requires a certain baseline of creativity. But if we’re being truthful here, our bar for what we reward as unique or clever has been lowered as Twitter has become most Internet users’ public forum of choice. Now, Twitter has bigger problems than its comedic unoriginality. In fact, one could easily argue that humor is the best that the platform has to offer or that Twitter is the go-to forum for free entertainment nowadays.  When I criticize Twitter, I don’t mean the site can’t be funny or entertaining or useful in any sort of way. Many of us compulsively check Twitter multiple times a day because it’s entertaining. Still, there is a distinct difference between being entertaining and being creative. It’s nearly impossible to say what I’m about to say without sounding like a dramatic Luddite but so be it. Twitter is making us less creative and less original as a collective.  But joke theft and comic hackery certainly aren’t new phenomena, and they will continue to exist as long as we keep on laughing. It’s just the way it is — it’s a hell of a lot easier to use other people’s good ideas than work to come up with your own. I’m just praying we don’t start pulling from TikTok when we try to be funny. Too late. I notice it when I hang out with friends. They can be really fun people; they like to laugh, and they make a lot of jokes. It’s just that most of these jokes — usually the vast majority of them — contain the same exact premises, subject matters, setups and, at times, even the same punchlines. It’s a kind of fill-in-the-blank, Mad Libs-style humor where taking the easy layup is rewarded more than thinking outside the box. Think of the commonly used “when you *blank* but *blank*” or “mood: *blank*” or “we stan a *blank* king/queen” setups. How many times do you hear these on a daily basis? (Katie Zhao | Daily Trojan) It’s also worth noting how so many of these popular joke structures and themes originated on Black Twitter and LGBTQ Twitter before they became the dominant Twitter humor and, in turn, became played out. But let’s not kid ourselves, the mainstream will continue to co-opt Black and queer culture until they are the mainstream. Grass is green. Water is wet. Death, taxes and idea theft of minority populations are givens.  There’s a term in stand-up comedy called “hack” that is used to refer to comedians, writers and jokes which use unoriginal or obvious devices to generate cheap laughs. It’s using tropes that you know will guarantee laughs from a general audience because they’re widely understood, even if they’re not new, original or clever. In stand-up, topics that are considered “hack” range from airline travel to the differences between men and women to impressions of celebrities. With Twitter, the culture encourages a similar kind of “hack” that values mass appeal over originality. But because hack culture on Twitter has become so normalized, it makes it hard to criticize and even harder to change.  Yes, creating something entertaining requires a certain level of creativity. But in our current age of mass media consumption, anything that tickles the funny bone’s even most surface-level demands is enough to get the job done. Matthew Philips is a senior writing about comedy. His column, “Waiting for the Punchline,” runs every other Thursday. When I say Twitter is draining our collective creativity, I’m referring to a specific phenomenon that’s existed as long as the Internet has been around but has become the norm since the explosion of social media. It’s a kind of inside joke-led Internet humor that lends itself to rewarding quips that use and lightly repurpose popular formats or slang seen on platforms like Twitter, Reddit or Instagram. It’s a type of funny predicated more on shared experience and gatekeeping than comic creativity. My mind flashes to the Vine of the guy going “haha, I do that.” And just like that, I’ve fallen victim to it, too.last_img read more