After X years of internetting (too dumb to remember) I really don’t need to demonstrate what I know, because now we all know, and it got boring, and we have one pre-ordained conversation about music/movies/books/fashion/art/outer space/tevs every time.
Source: Vice Magazine
“There is an entirely different order of product being developed here, far beyond the outer reaches of irony. I first started seeing them in Google Image searches; the most random queries were returning pictures of t-shirts, trucker hats, and especially ties that were truly uncanny. One could not, by looking at them, decipher how they had come about, what possible thought process lay behind them, who they were for, or why anyone would want them. They had something akin to the lost-in-translation weirdness of Chinese Shanzhai culture, but what was being lost was in a language far more distant than Chinese; one got the impression the “designers” of these pieces were speaking strictly in ones and zeros. I had visions of design-bots, data mining for user patterns, instantaneously designing products based on trending search queries, generating t-shirts like predictive text and graphics through some kind of visual auto-tune. Amazingly, it turns out I am not totally wrong.” Babak Radboy, Spam-erican Apparel: Do Androids dream of ironic tees? DIS, n.d.
Zugzwang (German for “compulsion to move”, pronounced [ˈtsuːktsvaŋ]) is a term usually used in chess which also applies to various other games. The term finds its formal definition in combinatorial game theory, and it describes a situation where one player is put at a disadvantage because he has to make a move when he would prefer to pass and make no move. The fact that the player must make a move means that his position will be significantly weaker than the hypothetical one in which it was his opponent’s turn to move.
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Hipsters can logically be compared to marketers: they take whatever they can from creative communities, but instead of being inspired to do creative work of their own, they simply turn other people’s original ideas into trends and passively follow along with whatever’s in style.
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…’The Perfect Kiss’ makes no attempt to hide what a limited vocalist Sumner was and is, but it’s that fragile non-voice that keeps New Order on the side of the angels, and away from candied perfection, where pop music so often dies.
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So little depends on stuff lying around.