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WELCOME TO THE·BY·PRODUCT. A WEEKLY RECAP OF WHAT IS GOING DOWN & WHAT IS COMING UP ON THE INTERNET. THIS WEEK WE INVESTIGATE CULTS, THE LOSS OF WEST WORLD, AND QUIETLY QUITTING ELON MUSK’S TWITTER. THIS IS DOING TO BE A QUICK ONE, BUT QUALITY PACKED. ON TO THE LINKS.
THIS WEEK’S HOT TAKE
Cults are coming back.
TikTok quietly entered the U.S. e-com market late last week — just ahead of the holiday season — where it will compete with retail giants Amazon / Via Semafor
CATEGORY: THE VOTE
According to data, young people were the only age group in which a strong majority supported Democrats. An estimated 27% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 cast a ballot in the midterm elections, the second-highest youth turnout rate for a midterm in the last 30 years / Via Buzzfeed
CATEGORY: THE JOB
It’s no secret that American culture prizes productivity. Take a minute to think about your time during the height of the COVID pandemic, when the country was locked down: You likely either worked your standard hours (or more if you were considered “essential”) or felt compelled to spend your newfound free time making sourdough bread, learning a new language, or reorganizing every nook and cranny of your home—despite the fact that a new virus was swiftly sickening and killing hundreds of thousands of people. / Via Self
CATEGORY: FASHION POLICE
Vogue’s publisher is suing Drake and collaborator 21 Savage for trademark infringement for making fake copies of the magazine to promote their new album, ‘Her Loss’ / Via WSJ
CATEGORY: WILD WEST
Fans of Westworld won't get to see the show again — at least for the foreseeable future. HBO decided Friday to cancel the hit sci-fi series after its recent fourth season, which ended on Aug. 14. / Via NPR
CATEGORY: QUIET QUIT
The chaos engulfing the platform provides an opportunity to reclaim control of your online life, without logging off for good. / Via Wired
More than a dozen staffers describe Kanye's company as both a creative haven and cult-like place where you could get intimidated and humiliated — and fired for liking Drake. / Via Rolling Stone
CATEGORY: MAKE AN ART
This is Jayson Musson’s His History of Art, the result of a two-year residency at the FWM. Across three episodes, Musson rips the facade of neutrality from PBS-style art history TV programs. You might recognize him from a viral YouTube series dating back more than a decade, ART THOUGHTZ. Playing a character he named “Hennessy Youngman,” Musson gave satirical “advice” to young artists that exposed the art world’s inequities. Fast forward to today, and Musson has swiveled his attention from how art is sold to how art history is taught. / Via Hyperallergic