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Zuggalos and Funposting
that is so cap, joe
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IS A.I. THE GREATEST TECHNOLOGY EVER FOR MAKING DUMB JOKES?, nyt
”Hearing an uncanny simulacrum of Donald J. Trump’s voice say, ‘That is so cap, Joe’ — Generation Z slang for ‘you’re full of it’ — was the moment I realized A.I. might be the greatest technology ever created for making extremely stupid jokes.” Max Read suggests we imagine A.I. possibilities on a two-dimensional plot, where one axis runs from “machine stupidity” to “machine intelligence” and the other from “human stupidity to human intelligence.” This is also known as the Funposting Zone.
GEN Z HAS MADE THE GATHERING OF THE JUGGALOS COOL AGAIN, dailybeast
Thanks to the recent growing stream of leftist memes and TikTok trends, a new crop of Gen Z Juggalos — Zuggalos, if you will —have joined the party nearly 25 years after the first Gathering of the Juggalos.
BASEBALL TRIES TO BEAT THE CLOCK TO APPEAL TO YOUNGER FANS, ft
Alex, 20, watching last week’s Chicago Cubs-Milwaukee Brewers match, illustrates what the sport is up against with young people. “This is my first baseball game ever, and I’m dying of boredom!” he complained. “I wanted to play games on my phone but there isn’t even any WiFi.”
MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SAY TIKTOK IS A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY, pew
Just 17% of Americans say the platform is not a threat to national security (and that 17% is primarily Gen Zers who use TikTok). Conservative Republicans stand out in how big of a threat they see in TikTok, with half saying TikTok is a major threat to national security in the U.S.
HOW SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ARE ACTIVATING A GENERATION OF YOUNG VOTERS, wapo
Conversations with more than a dozen young voters from around the country who recently visited Washington for the Fourth of July suggest a sense of frustration, even resignation for some, but also a renewed understanding that their votes could impact which justices sit on the federal bench.
Ewing, 24, who is from New York, generally shies from political debates but had much to say about the court’s decision to block Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student-loan debt for borrowers. “They are setting up a generation and future generations for failure, and it’s gonna impact everyone,” Ewing said as she and Satyanarayana stood on a shaded stretch of grass on the National Mall. “What’s gonna happen when none of us can buy houses? What’s gonna happen when none of us can buy anything?”
KPMG GIVES EXTRA TRAINING TO ‘LOCKDOWN-DAMAGED’ GEN Z RECRUITS, telegraph
The Big Four accounting and consulting firm has overhauled its graduate training programme after noticing that its “lockdown generation” recruits were finding it difficult to adapt to working life. They will now provide classes on “soft skills”, such as how to give presentations in person and how to work in a team.
SNAP’S PUSH TO TEMPT CREATORS SEEMS TO BE WORKING, wsj
The platform has started testing a new program called Snap Star that allows participants to earn a portion of revenue from the ads shown between their posts. It’s drawn big names like David Dobrik, who has almost 18 million subscribers on YouTube; while creators in the program aren’t prohibited from posting on other platforms, Dobrik notably has not posted a video to YouTube in more than a year.
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