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By: Celton Agpoon
The things we read on the Internet last week. And words to go along with them.
Being hyper opinionated with constant reactions of indignation, shock, and outrage is commonplace in our digital culture. Throwing shade occurs in tandem. To throw shade is to insult someone either discreetly or indirectly, sometimes both — from long aggressive looks to back-handed compliments. The best types are where the shade thrower has reasonable cause to deny ever throwing shade in the first place — pretending to not have misbehaved or acted rudely. That trace of lingering doubt on the surface makes this form of insult that much more effective. This particular form of one-upmanship has it’s subversive roots in slave culture, where slaves developed ways to communicate in order to assert themselves while being under constant psychological and physical peril. (via The New York Times)
Belgian born Tim Coppens started his label in 2011 when US menswear designs were focused more on traditional tailoring and classic American sportswear. Instead he drew inspirations from street culture with designs incorporating minimal, yet sleek and edgy, upscale athletic casual aesthetics. Within the past four years, this particular look has garnered a cult following (myself included). New York labels such as Public School and John Elliott + Co have also drawn from similar inspirations, moving away from traditional inspiration of years past. Retailers are also taking notice by having more spaces in stores featuring these particular designs, a move that usually signals the potential for future growth. Of course Tim Coppens is aware that everyone is now doing the same look, so naturally he sees the need to step up and evolve. (via The Wall Street Journal)
Today’s technology makes your life, my life, and everyone else’s a little easier. We can equate advances in technology with advances in humanity’s standard of living, our access to knowledge, and improved systems and applications in medicine; even to entertainment and consumerism where better artificial intelligence leads to better recommendations on Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, etc. But what are the potential dangers to having better and smarter artificial intelligence that enhances our every day lives? Are we missing something potentially bigger in the narrative: instead of killer robots and AI revolts eventually happening, the real danger lies in our focus on technology itself as we lose focus on humanity? (via the Atlantic)
The Earth has been here for while, 4.5 billion years. See how the earth has changed within your lifetime. (via BBC)