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Luxerjacks and Sondheim Stans
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Inflation is killing the first dinner date (though wasn’t it dead long ago, at least among young people…?); kids are pranking their parents on TikTok by telling them celebrities have died; and the hottest place to network is an ice bath.
13 TASTEMAKERS ON WHAT’S COOL (AND WHAT'S NOT) IN 2023, cultured
In: ballgowns. Out: nightgowns.
WHAT’S HOT FOR 2023? THE TRENDS TO KNOW NOW, thetimes
From “pin drop tourism” to “nouveau boho,” the “ruppie” (that is, “retro-yuppie” haircut) to “luxerjack” (yes, luxe lumberjack), this almost reads like satire, but it’s actually a very informed list of trends. I, for one, am ready for Sopranos beige.
WHAT GEN Z KNOWS ABOUT STEPHEN SONDHEIM, atlantic
Out: Harry Styles. In: Sondheim. I had to link to this piece for its inclusion of the phrase “Vintage Stephen Sondheim stans” alone.
LIBRARIANS ARE MEETING YOUNGER READERS WHERE THEY ARE: TIKTOK, nyt
“Looking cool was a big challenge at the beginning,” said Sara Vickers, a 34-year-old children’s librarian. At her colleague’s encouragement, she has since learned to “lean into the cringe.”
Making the effort to show up on TikTok tells young people that “we’re here, we hear you, we feel you,” said Celia Greer, 30, a teen coordinator at the Kankakee Public Library in Kankakee, Ill. The library posted a video that went viral on TikTok earlier this year, earning over one million views — and scoring a comment from Kevin Bacon. The library then posted a second video celebrating Bacon’s comment, which got more than 30,000 views. Now, the account is a local phenomenon, she said. “People know who we are out in public because of the TikToks,” said Greer.
SOCIAL MEDIA TRIGGERS CHILDREN TO DISLIKE THEIR OWN BODIES, guardian
Three out of four children as young as 12 dislike their bodies and are embarrassed by the way they look, according to new research, and nearly half of all young people aged from 12 to 21 say they have become withdrawn, started exercising excessively, stopped socialising completely or self-harmed because they are regularly bullied or trolled online about their physical appearance.
JONATHAN HAIDT ON THE ‘NATIONAL CRISIS’ OF GEN Z, wsj
“If corporations become less effective because everyone’s afraid of Twitter, afraid of what will be said about them,” says the social psychologist, “this could severely damage American capitalism.” I mean, isn’t that kind of the point?
One last thought: