Astrology Love and Fugly Hag Stroll
"oh wait, no, i don’t care'"
Live Nation announces ‘next gen’ program to help young people into the music business; chin liposuction soars among Gen Z; and you’ve heard of the Hot Girl Walk, but what about the “Fugly Hag Stroll”?
BUY NOW. PAY (AND PAY, AND PAY, AND PAY) LATER., nymag
If you’ve been following my BNPL rants for the better part of the year and still aren’t sure what they are or why they’re so bad, please read this.
It seems smart, almost responsible. You know credit-card debt is how boomer-economy consumers wrecked their finances. And BNPL isn’t credit — it’s debit with fixed payments taken right from your bank account, and you’re told there’s no interest or late fees.
KLARNA USED A PRERECORDED VIDEO MESSAGE TO LAY OFF 10 PERCENT OF EMPLOYEES, theverge
I suspect we’ll see more of this in the coming months (years?). Hopefully not the prerecorded message part, though.
A NEW DATING APP ASKS: DO OUR STARS ALIGN?, nyt
Ilios — think Co-Star meets Tinder — wants to introduce you to your soul’s twin flame, but do singles really want that? “I think for a week in seventh grade I was like, Whoa, that’s so me. And then I was like, ‘Oh wait, no, I don’t care,’” said Luke Anderson, 21, a Pisces.
NYC’S COOL KIDS ARE ‘HERE FOR THE VIBES’ AT THIS CRYPTO DATING SHOW, input
A fascinating look at Mad Realities, the Gen Z production company that just raised a cool $6 milion seed, and Proof of Love, the crypto reality dating series it’s putting out on YouTube.
High-wattage investors include Paris Hilton’s 11:11 Media, OK Player cofounder Chris Ovitz, and Bumble’s Selby Drummond. They’re all betting on a show that — at least on its face — doesn’t take itself too seriously, but does serve as a “proof of concept” for what entertainment can look like in the Web3 era.
HONEY POT MELTDOWN, EXPLAINED, thecut
An absolute must-read. I’ve seen this bubbling up on Twitter and TikTok for a week or so, and this explainer really gets into the complexities of brand trust and consumer misinformation — not to mention biases against Black-owned businesses.
One last thought (but really though):