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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 LOOK INTO THE MASS MIGRATION FROM TWITTER, HOW THE INTERNET AS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT SEX, GOBLINS ON THE BLOCKCHAIN, AND A THREE STRIPE DANKSGIVING. ENJOY THE LINKS AND SHARE WITH FRIENDS.
THIS WEEK’S HOT TAKE
Not one mention of Kanye.
Though some celebs revealed plans to drop Twitter in the wake of Elon Musk's tenure, a digital strategist explains why she advises clients to proceed with caution while Trent Reznor confirms he's ready to bail: "It has become such a toxic environment." But not everyone in HollYwood is bailing from the platform. / Via Hollywood Reporter
In her new book, How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex, tech journalist Samantha Cole traces the origins of our modern internet back not to the Silicon Valley bros—but the communities of sex workers, adult-content creators, and horny normies forced to continuously reinvent their place online. Also “(.)(.)” / Via Vanity Fair
Goblins became a fitting identity for NFT enthusiasts, who are uncertain about their future, yet are still darkly proud of their fast-paced, albeit often conniving, subculture. Welcome to goblintown.wtf. / Via Hyperallergic
Adidas Originals have unveiled its debut collection of blockchain-based virtual wearables, as it looks to strengthen its “community-based, member-first,” open metaverse strategy.
Housed under a new ‘Virtual Gear’ product category, the 16-piece limited collection of virtual wearables will be released as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on adidas.com/metaverse. / Via Fashion United
CATEGORY: FAKE DATES
The AI image-generating craze has entered its next phase of absurdity: creating fake profile pics that make you look good on dating apps and social media.
For $19, a service called PhotoAI will use 12-20 of your mediocre, poorly-lit selfies to generate a batch of fake photos specially tailored to the style or platform of your choosing. The results speak to an AI trend that seems to regularly jump the shark: A “LinkedIn” package will generate photos of you wearing a suit or business attire, while the “Tinder” setting promises to make you “the best you’ve ever looked”—which apparently means making you into an algorithmically beefed-up dude bro with sunglasses. / Via Wired
With the fast-paced turnaround of social media, the fashion-inclined have been churning out microtrends like the champagne at Fashion Week in recent years. The Cottagecore movement saw its disciples yearn for a rural appeal; Mermaidcore had ethereal hippies dying their hair pastel blue and taking to conch jewellery; and, most egregiously, ‘Gorpcore’ (an acronym of Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts) saw the streetwear clan opt for puffa jackets, fleeces and outdoorswear in an ode to hiking.
Luckily, the latest outport of niche style manifestos is exponentially more glamorous, and entwined with the very essence of Tatler. Allow us to introduce ‘Plazacore’. Via Tatler
Of all the companies in al of the world. Steak-Umms has stepped up to fight misinformation online, more specifically in the Meataverse. Led by agency CTO Juan Tubert, the agency team worked with Dr. Eric Haley, a professor at the University of Tennessee's Tombras School of ADPR, to design the experience. It resides in the 3D virtual realm known as Decentraland, with a goal of "teaching people to critically think and navigate the complexities of the metaverse with healthy skepticism." Via / Muse
CATEGORY: HOLIDAY CHEER
We all know this is one of those shortened holiday weeks that every employee loves. Not because you get to see family for hours and eat foods you would really not have chosen to but more so as it a nice chunk of time away from the people you zoom with for hours on a daily basis. So happy Danksgiving to all of you this year. It is going to be lit. / Via NYTimes
CATEGORY: WORD SEARCH
Leg Booty? Panoramic? Seggs? How TikTok Is Changing Language A new vocabulary, a little fun, a little dystopian, has emerged on the social video platform, as creators try to get around algorithms and strict content moderation. This leet speak approach has been around for decades online, but now they call it “algospeak”. Once again from our friends at the Times. Read here. / Via NYTimes.
CATEGORY: NOT JUST YOU
Although non-monogamy is not a new concept by any means, it’s certainly becoming more understood and accepted in the dating world. Millennials, especially, have come to embrace the idea of open relationships and ethical non-monogamy in recent years, with a poll by YouGov reporting that 43% of millennials consider some level of non-monogamy to be their relationship ideal. Online daters have become no stranger to this trend, as well — including Gen Zers who use dating apps. / Via Bustle