The Theory Generation If you studied the liberal arts in an American college anytime after 1980, you were likely exposed to what is universally called Theory. Perhaps you still possess some recognizable talismans: that copy of The Foucault Reader, with the master’s bald head and piercing eyes emblematic of pure intellection; A Thousand Plateaus with its Escher-lite line-drawing promising the thrills of disorientation; the stark, sickly-gray spine of Adorno’s Negative Dialectics; a stack of little Semiotext(e) volumes bought over time from the now-defunct video rental place. Maybe they still carry a faint whiff of rebellion or awakening, or (at least) late-adolescent disaffection. Maybe they evoke shame (for having lost touch with them, or having never really read them); maybe they evoke disdain (for their preciousness, or their inability to solve tedious adult dilemmas); maybe they’re mute. But chances are that, of those studies, they are what remain. “What on earth have you got in that backpack?”
Mirror Metaphysics Planking (fad) and others meme A planking-like activity – called face dancing by its participants – was initiated in 1984 in Edmonds, Washington by Scott Amy and Joel Marshall. The two high school age boys were walking in a park when they came upon a baseball game. They decided to lay face down in right field to see if anyone would react. No one did, but they had such a good time and laughed so much, they continued to do it for many years to come. It became a fad amongst their friends, and especially in the non-clique clique called the Myth Club, but died out after awhile. In 1994, Tom Green performed a stunt he called "Dead Guy" for a cable TV show, which consisted of Green lying down on an Ottawa sidewalk without moving. Green, who was in an MTV show in the 1990s, is a comedian known for his pranks. The actual planking fad originated in 1997 when two bored school boys in Taunton, England started lying face-down in public places to amuse themselves and baffle onlookers. Main article: Horsemaning
Infinity List The Coronation For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the rope has snapped, do we tie its ends back together, or shall we undo its dangling braids still further, to see what we might weave from them? Covid-19 is showing us that when humanity is united in common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible. None of the world’s problems are technically difficult to solve; they originate in human disagreement. In coherency, humanity’s creative powers are boundless. Covid-19 is like a rehab intervention that breaks the addictive hold of normality. For most of my life, I have had the feeling that humanity was nearing a crossroads. Now, all of a sudden, we go around a bend and here it is. I write these words with the aim of standing here with you – bewildered, scared maybe, yet also with a sense of new possibility – at this point of diverging paths. The Reflex of Control
Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation ‘Sapiosexual’ has to be one of the stupidest sexual ‘identities’ to come along in years. New words with the suffix “-sexual” are like catnip for trendy straight people. In the late ’90s and early aughts, we collectively endured the “metrosexual,” a completely unnecessary term for a man who shaves and dares to have a few pastels in his wardrobe. And in the past year, we have watched the rise and fall of the “lumbersexual,” a completely unnecessary term for a man who doesn’t shave and wears flannel. Enter the “sapiosexual,” which Urban Dictionary defines as “one who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature.” Unfortunately, we might not get that lucky. NPR reports that it has since become one of the site’s “most popular new terms.” The history of “sapiosexuality” is as unclear as its legitimacy. Apparently “bisexual guy who’s into smart people” was too many syllables for him to not invent a bogus sexual orientation instead. Thank You!
Le mème « ok boomer », expliqué aux boomers Le mème « ok, boomer » est la revanche de tous ces jeunes que l'on accuse des maux de la société. Lors d’une allocution sur le changement climatique, la parlementaire néozélandaise Chlöe Swabrick a été interrompue par des confrères. L’écologiste, âgée de 25 ans, a trouvé la bonne formule pour les faire taire. Quiconque fréquente les réseaux sociaux a sans doute vu passer cette expression. La revanche de la génération Z Pour résumer, la formule « ok boomers » est un peu la revanche de tous les jeunes que l’on a accusé, comme les « Millennials », de manger trop d’avocado toasts, d’être des enfants gâtés et irresponsables, ou encore de ruiner l’économie (notamment quand ils n’achètent plus de diamants). Ces personnes nées après 1995 en ont marre de ces clichés. Quand l’utiliser ? L’expression « ok boomer » vient du terme « baby boomer », qui désigne une personne née entre 1946 et le début des années 1960. D’où vient ce mème ? L’origine de cette formule est incertaine. Quand l’utiliser ?
Lovely Package | Curating the very best packaging design Gen Z’s relationship with tech: They don’t want to be always reachable Each generation is more connected than the last, but the latest generation, those born after 1998, wants to buck the trend. Members of so-called Generation Z are less likely than their millennial counterparts (66 percent versus 71 percent for women, and 57 percent versus 74 percent for men) to want to be “always reachable,” according to a new survey of 1,500 US residents by market research firm GfK Consumer Life. That puts them more in line with older US generations. About 60 percent of people of all generations in the US are okay with being reachable all the time. GfK interprets this as a potential sign of tech fatigue, but it could also be a different way of engaging with tech in the first place. Rates of suicide and depression are on the rise among young people, and many blame tech for that shift despite no conclusive evidence drawing a connection. Indeed, men and women of Gen Z are much more likely than the population as a whole to find it difficult to disconnect from tech.