Culture Gabfest on Jackie, Netflix series 3%, and video games.

Are Video Games Killing Our Empathy?

Are Video Games Killing Our Empathy?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Dec. 14 2016 12:21 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Mensch Warfare“ Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the new film Jackie, the Netflix series 3%, and violence in video games.


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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are joined by Brow Beat editor Sam Adams to discuss Jackie, the new film starring Natalie Portman and directed by Pablo Larraín. Is it a successful portrayal of iconic first lady Jackie Kennedy, or is Portman’s acting overblown? Next, the critics discuss the new Netflix series 3%, a Brazilian-made Netflix original series set in a post-apocalyptic world, and dissect how the show succeeds in telling a dystopian narrative without a massive Hollywood budget. Last, the critics talk about Laura Miller’s piece in Slate, “How Video Games Change Us,” an exploration of Battlefield 1, its World War I setting, and whether violence in video games actually makes us crueler people.


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