Day: June 17, 2022

TV is dead, and social media killed it. Or at least it helped dig the grave. TikTok, the wildly successful video app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is upping their game. In an attempt to stand alongside content giants Twitch and OnlyFans, they’ve introduced a paid portion of the platform. If you’re unfamiliar, Twitch and OnlyFans host creators for specialized content – Twitch is primarily for gamers, and OnlyFans allows subscribers to privately follow their favorite…ahem…adult performers. TikTok’s hope is that it will get more eyeballs on screens if they incentivize the growing community to become even more active. After all, who doesn’t want to reach out and touch their favorite creators?
Gen-Z girls have their work cut out for them when it comes to making it in the corporate world in the upcoming decades. It was already tough, but it just now got tougher. Here’s why… Back in 2008, when Facebook was on the rise, the woman responsible for the roaring success was Sheryl Sandberg. She began her career as a Silicon Valley darling, giving hope to women in the tech industry everywhere. Her position with the company is now in flux, as it was announced earlier this month that she would be departing Meta in the fall. Almost immediately, the company launched a probe to investigate the former executive.


This single word, used by children and teenagers everywhere, is incredibly versatile. It can be used ironically, sarcastically, or with raw enthusiasm. It can be shouted, whispered, hissed, and spat. It can be kindly delivered, or caustically hurled.
With the widespread adoption of social media like TikTok and Instagram, Black voices are now easier to hear than ever. We don’t think it's a coincidence that the celebration of Juneteenth was finally acknowledged in mainstream American culture and made a federal holiday as recently as 2020 (and yes…this was long overdue). Kids these days are observing cultural happenings – riots, murders, unrest – and instead of watching helplessly, they’re posting about it. They’re blacking out their pages in solidarity. They’re protesting in any way they can.
“Cheer up, emo kid!” was a common, cheerfully spoken phrase used by many highschoolers in the early 2000s. This was the start of the era of asymmetrical multicolored hair, skinny jeans, studded belts, and eyeliner for all. Band t-shirts were worn as badges of pride, bad poetry and mixed CDs were swapped and pored over. Emo (which stands for Emotion) was a peculiar musical trend for a number of years, evolving from the goth and punk subcultures of the 80s and 90s. Early adopters had the good fortune to be raised alongside Myspace, a platform you might not be familiar with if your kids are younger than 20.
BTS has been busy. This South Korean boyband which you may have heard by now (their streams are in the billions across platforms) has officially broken through in the USA. And break through they did – in the White House, no less. The Biggest Band in the World might seem like a bold claim, but some are even calling BTS bigger than The Beatles. Though they’ve only been around for a decade, they’ve amassed a following of millions of adoring fans that call themselves A.R.M.Y (try not to worry, they’re probably harmless).
When a performer takes ill, there are a few ways the fanbase will typically react. A wave of condolence messages is appropriate, or public demonstrations of solidarity, or even a well-meaning tweet. Throwing dough at a merchandise truck is probably not the most appropriate display of support, but this is the kind of juvenile response apparently warranted by Justin Bieber’s announcement of a rare diagnosis that paralyzed half of his face. While the immaturity of one fan is not indicative of a widespread problem within a group, this churlish behavior goes back a ways in Justin Bieber lore.