Luddite Clubs and Rich-Girl Dreamworlds
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Trumpworld scoffs at allegations that Tucker Carlson’s son is a nepotism baby; Obama introduces himself to Gen Z in an extremely how-do-you-do-fellow-kids voting PSA; Sam Smith and Kim Petras become the first publicly non-binary & transgender solo artists to Top Hot 100 as “Unholy” hits #1; and Sydney Sweeney’s Euphoria fashion flub is Halloween’s hottest costume.
SO, WHAT DOES A 10-YEAR-OLD THINK OF MIDNIGHTS?, vogue
Extremely charming and deeply illuminating!
Vivian did spend much of the weekend listening to Midnights, absorbing its 13 tracks, sifting them for her favorites. Number one, she told me over breakfast this morning, is “Lavender Haze” with its synth-y groove, then the sugary “Karma,” then the single “Anti-Hero” (though she thought the video’s comic interlude tedious), then the moody “Maroon.” There are a lot of F-bombs on Midnights, but she has no interest in the clean version. Regarding “Snow on the Beach,” the duet with Lana Del Ray, Vivian had this to say: “It’s like when she says the curse word, she thinks it makes this song sound different from her others, but it doesn’t.”
I WAS A 'SCREENAGER' ADDICTED TO MY SMARTPHONE. SO MY FRIENDS AND I DITCHED THEM AND FOUNDED THE LUDDITE CLUB., insider
The Luddite Club — a group of NYC teens who meet up at Brooklyn Public Library with one rule: “no smartphones, no TikTok, no Instagram” — began at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn and has since expanded to Essex Street Academy on the Lower East Side and Beacon High School in Hell's Kitchen. (Thanks, Chris!)
DID THE PANDEMIC CHANGE YOUR PERSONALITY? POSSIBLY., nyt
A recent study suggests we have become less extroverted, creative, agreeable, and conscientious, and those declines were sharper among young people. Moreover, people under 30 years old exhibited “disrupted maturity” — the opposite of how a young adult’s personality normally develops over time.
TIKTOK CREATORS ARE REINVENTING THE SCATHING RESTAURANT REVIEW, bonappetit
The VIP List, whose reviews fall “somewhere between a disgruntled Yelp rant and 2,000-word pan in a national newspaper,” has cultivated a loyal TikTok fanbase with more than 400,000 followers eager to hear how the pair might tear down a restaurant next.
LOVESHACKFANCY BUILT A PRETTY, SKINNY, RICH-GIRL DREAMWORLD. THE FANTASY WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO LIVE UP TO., insider
Come for the “Laura Ashley girly-girl meets Betsey Johnson party girl, Daphne Bridgerton goes to Coachella” descriptor, stay for some eye-popping details about diversity (or lack of). This report is not just another girlboss takedown! I cringed from start to finish.
One last thought: