If modern American popular culture was built on a central pillar of mainstream entertainment flanked by smaller subcultures, what stands to replace it is a very different infrastructure, one comprising islands of fandom.
Smaller communities of fans, forged from shared perspectives, offer a more genuine sense of belonging than a national identity born of geographical happenstance.
This article takes awhile to get to the point, but the point is a good one. I know some smart folks working on this, and glad to see increasingly widespread understanding.
Also blogging it for later reference, because I have a whole lotta blog in me about unwinding the culture of the 20th century.
On Black Friday, Cards Against Humanity raised their price $5, and changed the “buy” button to “consume”. It resulted in basically no lost sales, and a huge spike in sales the next day. I love this - and them - so much.
If we are going to talk about prestige, I think we need to break down the China Mobile subscribers by the first three digits of their cellphone numbers. Some of the more common CM numbers start with 139, 138, 137, and 158. Curiously, they have quite different associations in people’s mind.
For instance, 139 is among the earliest cell numbers, back in the 1990s when only a small number of well-off people in China could afford a cellphone. It is for this reason that 139 numbers are considered to be prestigious by certain (but not all) people, especially in the business realm. I have a friend who explicitly says that he wouldn’t let go of his 139 despite its shitty GPRS/EDGE data network, because it often creates a positive first impression.
The newer generation scorns this mentality, of course. And to be sure, owning a 186 number (owned by China Unicom) several years ago is considered cool and hip among the tech section, because it shows that you are an early adopter: 186 is among the earliest 3G numbers popularized in China.
Some super-interesting details on how mobile works in China in this follow-up by Ben Thompson. My favorite is this one about phone number prefixes, and how they mean different things to different groups. This is very similar to how area codes used to work in major cities the US, at least until number portability made them almost meaningless. (I’ve had my original 310 number since 1998, but haven’t lived in a 310 area since 2003. It’s more laziness about communicating a change than anything else that keeps it with me at this point.)
Ever since doing some in-depth research on China for Molson Coors last year, I’ve been in a cycle of “the more you think you know, the more you realize you don’t understand.” I’m looking for an excuse to do some on-the-ground research in the next year or so.
The annual holiday, known as Thanksgiving, celebrates a mythologized moment of peace between America’s early foreign settlers and its native groups—a day that by Americans’ own admission preceded a near genocide of those groups. Despite its murky origins, the holiday remains a rare institution celebrated almost universally in this ethnically diverse society.
I am leaving New York City because of all of these goddamned wizards.
The first logical argument for leaving New York I’ve read.
Can we crowdfund a buyout of Time Warner Cable? All of the other options on the table seem bad and/or boring.
(I’m joking only so much as I’ve thought about this for all of 30 seconds. Would it be actually possible?)
In a broad push to offer new content to the website’s millions of customers, executives from online retailer Overstock.com officially announced plans Tuesday to develop a slate of original online programming.
Remember that Onion is always right, if you just wait long enough.
i like sucking dick because of the control i have over boys. i got their dick and balls in my mouth. i could just bite down right now...