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Borg Rebrands and Enyacore
washington square park cupid
Lil Nas X and Ice Spice sat front row at Coach’s NYFW show (…collab soon?); FaZe Clan teamed up with A Bathing Ape on merch; “Enyacore” is the moody, medieval side of the next Y2K aesthetic; and Happy Valentine’s Day to those who celebrate.
I’M THE ‘WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK CUPID’ — I’M HELPING SINGLES FIND THEIR VALENTINE, nypost
An unintentionally — I think? — hilarious piece about content creator turned Gen Z matchmaker Sydney Street who is helping young singles avoid a solo Valentine’s Day. (Young singles would be better off going here tonight than circling Washington Square Park, imo.)
HOW ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST BECAME THE NEW VOGUE, guardian
How are videos of celebrity home tours bringing bigger and younger audiences to a publication that was “once a niche interest for the sort of people who can recognize an Eero Saarinen chair at 50 paces”? Hiring Teen Vogue’s Amy Astley is certainly part of the equation.
The cliche of dog-eared magazine pages crammed with antique chandeliers and Louis XV chairs has been replaced by media empires chasing a young, video-oriented audience. The most-watched video from Architectural Digest’s Open Door series, with more than 52m views, shows the rapper Wiz Khalifa welcoming the camera into his modern LA home with a nontraditional take on bonhomie. “Come smoke something with me!” he says.
DOES THIS GEN Z BINGE DRINKING FAD DESERVE ITS HARM-REDUCTION REBRAND?, rollingstone
“Gen Z has evolved,” says millennial TikTok creator Erin Monroe in a video about borgs — or "blackout rage gallons” — that has been viewed more than 3 million times. “We were drinking gin buckets and jungle juice out of plastic containers and trash cans in the basement of frat houses. Gen Z said, ‘No. We want better for ourselves.’”
‘I’LL CALL AN UBER OR 911’: WHY GEN Z DOESN’T WANT TO DRIVE, wapo
Equipped with ride-sharing apps and social media, zoomers are getting their driver’s licenses at lower rates than their predecessors. The big question is whether it’s just a generational delay or a larger shift; I suspect the former, but only time will tell.
CDC SAYS TEEN GIRLS ARE CAUGHT IN AN EXTREME WAVE OF SADNESS AND VIOLENCE, nbcnews
A new report finds an "overwhelming wave of violence and trauma" and never-before-seen levels of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts among high school students in the U.S.
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