Anonymous Self-Expression and Anti-Ambition
"I f***ing love Gen-Z"
Loops Beauty taps Camila Mendes as creative director (a brilliant move imo!); Netflix lost 970,000 subscribers in the second quarter (which is, amazingly, fewer than they expected); with his new role in Hulu’s Not Okay, Dylan O’Brien is about to be the most important actor in public consciousness; and layoffs have come for TikTok.
A BIGGER PAYCHECK? I’D RATHER WATCH THE SUNSET!’: IS THIS THE END OF AMBITION?, guardian
“Speaking of ambition,” says 19-year-old Maeve, cheerily, when I call her at noon, “I’ve just woken up.”
WHY COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE ‘STOPPING OUT’, nyt
Nicholas Figueroa, 21, has decided to “stop out”: He’s putting his education on hold to continue working — again. He delivered the same message a year ago, deferring enrollment to stay on the job at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant where he keeps the video games pinging and the bucking broncos bucking when children climb on.
HOW REFORMATION IS DESIGNING FOR GEN Z, WITHOUT LOSING ITS DEDICATED MILLENNIAL CUSTOMERS, fortune
Gen Z is more likely to buy prints and chunky shoes, prompting the brand to relaunch a shoe category after a failed debut. Millennials are more likely to prefer the brand's more traditional designs, while denim is a fast-growing category for all shoppers
WHY CAN WE ONLY BE HONEST WHEN WE’RE ANONYMOUS?, nyt
Why is NGL even taking off, since many of us have already learned our lessons about anonymous apps (Formspring, Ask.fm, YikYak, etc.)? Sherry Turkle, an M.I.T. professor who studies people’s relationships with technology, points to a craving for anonymous self-expression. “Anonymity has always been the secret sauce,” she says.
BIDEN ISN'T BURNING UP THE TIKTOK CHARTS. DEMS ARE HAPPY HE'S THERE., politico
Of the DNC’s top 10 most viewed TikTok videos, only one features the president speaking directly to camera or offering comments. The video, which has garnered more than 365,000 views since it was posted in late March, showcased the president discussing a new minimum income tax for billionaires. Is anyone really surprised that Biden isn’t an instant TikTok star? He’s a 79-year-old politician.
P.S. I’m traveling tomorrow, so there will be no letter, but expect an extra, extra long digest this weekend.
One last thought:
(I, unfortunately, am not traveling to Greece)