Balenciaga Crypto and Corporate Emo
"head banging to My Chemical Romance"
TikTok subscriptions are going live tomorrow (on a few accounts, at least); Balenciaga will now accept crypto; Hoda and Jenna attempt to explain “feral girl summer”; and poor Gen X.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR GLOSSIER AS FOUNDER EMILY WEISS STEPS DOWN AFTER EIGHT YEARS, voguebusiness
Where will Glossier go next — and how can they maintain relevance with young consumers, assuming they even still have it? It’s going to take more work than slapping some Boy Brow on Olivia Rodrigo and calling it a day.
HOW THE INTERNET GETS PEOPLE TO PLAGIARIZE EACH OTHER, vox
TikTokers are absolutely shameless about pilfering other people’s ideas, whether we’re talking about dances or memes or deeply-reported journalistic investigations. And in “a climate like this, people have understandably grown quite protective over their ideas, sometimes to the point of being obnoxious (a fellow journalist recalls a time when a TikToker was angry that she had offhandedly linked to one of their videos without mentioning them by name).”
BUMBLE IS PLANNING TO EXPAND FURTHER INTO SOCIAL NETWORKING WITH A NEW COMMUNITIES FEATURE, techcrunch
The dating app is “looking to enhance its non-dating social features with a further investment” into Bumble BFF. Rather than using the same swiped-based mechanics as the dating component, they’re expanding to include social networking groups where users can connect with one another based on topics and interests. (If you haven’t listened to or read my chat with Jamie Lee, founder of Flox, now would be a great time to do it!)
GEN Z VOTERS SUPPORT MEASURES TO REIN IN TECH GIANTS, thehill
The majority of Generation Z voters, both Democrat and Republican, between 18 and 25 supported efforts to regulate the market power of tech giants.
THE RISE OF THE CORPORATE EMO, theface
By day, they’re balancing spreadsheets and cooking up sales strategies. By night, they’re head banging to My Chemical Romance.
One last thought: There’s no delicate way to transition here, but I just can’t write about youth culture without touching on the absolutely devastating tragedy in Texas yesterday. I would ask, “How is this still happening?” but unfortunately we all know the answer.