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"Everyone thought Michelle Phan had died. After ten years, 385 videos, and over a billion views, YouTube’s biggest beauty star disappeared abruptly in 2015, leaving her Twitter, Instagram, and video channels silent. Phan arguably invented the entire genre of YouTube beauty. If you’ve ever fallen asleep to the calming tones The 9 million people who made up her subscriber base mourned the loss in the digital equivalent of a candlelight vigil. “I’ve been watching you since I was 14,” lamented one commenter, “and I really miss you! Feels like you were my best friend and now I have no idea ...Read More
“If the couple was the primary consumer unit of the past, today this has collapsed, or more accurately been replaced by a new dyad, the individual consumer and her phone. It is hardly news that the goal of the big hookup apps is to keep people single. Tinder has made ...Read More
There's been a lot written about how disturbing this movie is, seemingly right on time. + more on 'Robert De Niro - The King of Comedy' which I highly recommend, if you've never seen it. "Whether one thinks Joker is reckless incel murder-porn or a provocative mirror to the deranged violence in our society, nearly everyone is viewing the movie through the lens of the present."
I wrote an essay for SSENSE about sneakerbots and what they can tell us about the commodification of information and the current state of capitalism. Some quotes from McKenzie Wark's new and brilliant book Capital is Dead help with the heavy lifting
The book that Prince didn’t get a chance to write sounds like it would have been a fun read. Also great to hear him talk shit about Ayn Rand.
"Scandal-hit Oxycontin heiress Joss Sackler tried to pay recovering opioid addict Courtney Love more than $100,000 to attend her controversial Fashion Week show - but the widow of Kurt Cobain shot back, “The Sackler family has no shame - I won't sell out to them.”"
“A shaman had blessed the space in a ritual for employees on Monday, with a cacao ceremony that involved drinking bowls of bitter hot chocolate with special energy-giving properties. When cornered for details, Glimcher said, “Have you ever had ceremonial cacao? I was, like, on—you feel it!””
“Handbags, in particular, are this thing that is supposed to be an economic status indicator. Like – I’m 25 or 30 or 40 and I’m doing OK. We have a status bag that has nothing to do with that.” The status isn’t about money: it’s about identity, about experience, about ...Read More
"Do you think this perverse culture surrounding wealth and the trappings of it is worse in the US than in other places? I think it’s worse in the US, and I think it’s worse in LA."
“ With the decline of industry from 1970 to 1980, young people who came from the bourgeoisie and whose parents were engineers or doctors, began to work within this new domain – in museums, fashion or the luxury sector. This became the core of a new economy. Today, we ...Read More