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…
Two decades ago, before social media existed, Zygmunt Bauman articulated a perfect description of how it would soon shape our behavior and frame our…
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…
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…
Yesterday, the Y2K Aesthetic Institute, which curates “late ‘90s-2003 futurism,” posted a thread of ‘90s rave flyers (scanned from a 1999 book called…
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…
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…
Whenever supply chains become a topic of mainstream discussion, as they have lately, we all become aware, however briefly, of our own individual…
A few years ago a friend and I were hanging out and decided we should both try posting something to Instagram that would get zero likes (or as few likes…
First, thanks for a fun year—sending this newsletter is rewarding because you read it (even if you stop reading after this sentence), and in 2021 I…
As this year limps across the finish line, it’s a perfect time to revisit one of my favorite quotes, from cybernetics pioneer Norbert Wiener: “There are…
In an apparent effort to provoke a large swath of my age group, Pitchfork announced earlier this week that it was revising its numeric ratings for 19…