I’ve noticed more people comparing social media to smoking lately, which is a compelling but limited analogy. The parallels are obvious: Both feel great…
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Two decades ago, before social media existed, Zygmunt Bauman articulated a perfect description of how it would soon shape our behavior and frame our…
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Although the classical 20th-century music snob still endures vestigially, the species peaked with Gen X before breathing its dying gasps through Elder…
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The last newsletter I sent that wasn’t haunted by COVID-19 went out on February 21, a day I remember vividly. I went to a Knicks game that evening and…
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Last week I linked to this piece by Molly Fischer about the “Millennial aesthetic” (published in March 2020 but new to me). You can probably conjure an…
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Yesterday, the Y2K Aesthetic Institute, which curates “late ‘90s-2003 futurism,” posted a thread of ‘90s rave flyers (scanned from a 1999 book called…
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In Sarah Schulman’s book The Gentrification of the Mind, she laments, “Will everything (books, music, pornography, education, movies, friendship…
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A year ago I tweeted that when Netflix drops a big new show “it feels like a software update is being pushed to everyone's brain.” I’d recently noticed…
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First—RIP Real Life, which announced this week that it no longer has funding and will shut down. As both a reader and a writer, Real Life has been a…
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Here’s the top comment on the YouTube video for “Heaven or Las Vegas” by the Cocteau Twins: “The vibe of this song makes me feel like I’m a high school…
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Whenever supply chains become a topic of mainstream discussion, as they have lately, we all become aware, however briefly, of our own individual…
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When you write about technology—or most subjects, really—there are certain topics that the internet seems to hand down like homework, demanding that…
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