Bruce Sterling: *THEY DON’T LOOK countercultural cliche-dramatic, they don’t have beatnik berets or bongos. You wouldn’t look at them twice in New York City, but there’s still something subtly off about them. I think it’s that plethora of pens in Ginsberg’s untucked shirt."
I spent last week teaching the Clarion science fiction workshop at UCSD and a recurring discussion there was how to depict transgressive, bohemian subcultures of the future. The moms and dads on my suburban school run have old stretched piercings, tattoos and rock pink hair. Punk is 40 years old. It has a show at the Victoria and Albert. Its major designer was given a Damehood.
Punk was co-opted in a year. Grunge took months. New subcultures are born as businesses with complete brand identities ready for Hot Topic.
Even the harder-to-co-opt subcultures find their way into a mall -- you can buy a red MAGA hat or a Black Lives Matter tee just about anywhere (but there are still signs and signifiers that don't go mainstream, like call-out culture or racist Pepe memes).
Scott Westerfeld thinks that maybe future subculturals will opt to have acne after it's been cured for everyone else. I wondered about permanent, full-head depilation, on the grounds that it's highly visible, transgressive and permanent, like a facial tattoo.
Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's Capernaum won this year's Cannes Jury Prize; it premiered in Lebanon this week and will be in North American cinemas starting December 14; It's a "neorealist movie" with an all-amateur cast that sheds some light on the life of outcasts: street children, inhabitants of slums, while tackling modern slavery and illegal […]
Even in this era, dominated by vertically and horizontally dominant monopolists, few companies are as chronically dirty and corrupt as Ticketmaster (previously), whose parent company, Livenation, is the world's largest concert promoter. Controlling promotion and ticketing is a one-two punch for a monopolist: Livenation's rival promoters still inevitably end up selling tickets through Ticketmaster, enriching […]
Myrmecophiles are parasitic beetles that use chemical cues to fool ants into bringing them into their nests and regurgitating food into their mouths, diverting the colony's bounty of semi-digested ant-chow from the queen and her babies to their own hungry guts. Ant Lab shows us how a Xenodusa beetle can con Camponotus ants into a […]
As more companies leverage cloud technology to unite and streamline their operations, the need for capable IT pros increases. But, as any IT guru will tell you, demand alone won’t get your foot in the door to this lucrative field. If you want to cash in on the demand and build a thriving IT career, […]
iOS 12 is finally here, which means now is the best time for aspiring developers to throw their hats into the app development game. While app development can be tricky for some, you can take an intuitive, beginner-friendly approach to understanding app creation and Apple’s latest iOS platform with the iOS 12 & Xcode 10 Bootcamp, […]
It might still be September, but the holiday season will be here before you know it, which means now is the time to think about where you want to vacation to—and what to do once you get there. To this end, we’ve scoured the Web and tracked down a number of travel hacking ebooks, gadgets, […]