Tyre Extinguished and Metaverse Certified
"an extreme level of residential stasis"
“Core” is the new “chic”; a first-of-its-kind certification program titled “Business in the Metaverse Economy” is now being offered at Wharton; and is Sydney Sweeney Gen Z’s answer to Tom Brady?
WHY DO WE KEEP GOING BACK TO ANONYMOUS MESSAGING APPS?, theface
Millennials were traumatised by the likes of Formspring, Ask.fm and Yik Yak. Now Gen Z has Ngl.link, the latest anon-user app. (It was a thrill to talk to reporter Jade Wickes for this piece and such an honor to be quoted in a piece alongside High Tea queen Alice Ophelia.)
“I think the possibility that it could all go gloriously wrong – and it always does – is part of the fun,” she says. “Especially among young people, it’s exhilarating to think that someone might disclose a life-changing secret or confess their undying love to you. Social media is so predictable these days, and anonymous apps liven things up.”
‘LIKE A PUBLIC SHAMING’: A NIGHT WITH THE ECO-ACTIVISTS DEFLATING SUV TIRES, guardian
On a searingly hot night in New York City, a group of mask-wearing activists — the Tyre Extinguishers, as they call themselves — set out to stage the biggest blitzkrieg yet upon a new target for climate campaigners in the U.S.: the tires of SUVs.
TIKTOK TO PROVIDE RESEARCHERS WITH MORE TRANSPARENCY AS DAMAGING REPORTS MOUNT, theverge
TikTok will soon (finally) provide access to the “public and anonymized data” on the platform so “selected researchers” can “assess content and trends or conducts tests.” Just hours before TikTok’s announcement, Gizmodo released a report that reveals the great lengths TikTok goes to distance itself from China.
HARRY STYLES HELPS GUCCI RECLAIM TOP SPOT IN LYST HOTTEST BRAND RANKING, wwd
Gucci jumped 286 percent in the 48 hours after the collection with Adidas, unseating Balenciaga in Lyst’s quarterly hottest brand ranking. The announcement of its collaboration with Harry Styles also boosted the brand’s online engagement.
THE GREAT MILLENNIAL MIGRATION THAT WASN’T, vox
At age 26, 30% of Americans live in the census tract they lived in at 16, 58% live less than 10 miles away; 80% (!!!) live less than 100 miles away; 90% live less than 500 miles away. Census tracts are tiny, hyper-local designations, with populations between 1,200 and 8,000 each; staying within your tract is an extreme level of residential stasis.
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SIDE-HUSTLING THEIR WAY OUT OF THE COST-OF-LIVING CRISIS, theface
More than half of Gen Z has a second source of income, with online pursuits like dropshipping, UGC creation, and virtual assisting (and, importantly, virtual assistant influencing — a thing!) booming as options for making a quick buck.
One last thought/another dispatch from rural Missouri:
Oh, and! One of my favorite Gen Z startups, Selleb, is collaborating with one of my other favorite Gen Z startups, Flox, on an event at Edie Parker (not a Gen Z startup, alas, but an extremely cool brand). Go!