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Road warriors, predications, and limited runs.
WELCOME TO THE·BY·PRODUCT. A WEEKLY RECAP OF WHAT IS GOING DOWN & WHAT IS COMING UP ON THE INTERNET. THIS WEEK, JUST SHY OF THE HOLIDAYS WE DIP INTO THE CONTINUED DEPARTURES FOR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS, THE BLURRING OF WORK LIFE, AND A FEW PREDICTIONS FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. ALSO A SPECIAL HOLIDAY PRODUCT DROP IS EMBEDDED IN THE LINKS BELOW. STAY WARM, STAY FRESH, AND ENJOYT THE READ.
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TIS THE SEASON
Books were then the best technology since even radio programming was very limited in India at that time. One key concept resonates decades later from The Lessons of Civilization. Every advance in technology places a premium on superior ability. Rishad breaks this down perfectly here. / Via Rishad Tobaccowala
A new group is rivaling corporate road warriors as airlines’ favorite customers. They travel on strange days, buy extra perks on top of already expensive tickets and are changing the economics of the business.
Some airline executives say hybrid work and other post-pandemic changes have cracked open demand from travelers willing to spend more for extra legroom and other perks, helping offset revenue from once-crucial corporate bookings that still haven’t fully returned. Via / WSJ
Platformer released their yearly predictions for the year ahead as well as a look back at the accuracy of the previous year’s predictions. / Via Platformer
Had enough of it, have you? The likes, the comments, the weird neurotic impulse to tell everyone your opinion? Perhaps you’re also sick of reading other people’s half-baked thoughts. Or maybe you’re looking back at 2022, regretting all the hours you’ve lost to scrolling through mind-numbingly dumb videos. And since Elon Musk is effectively digging Twitter into an early grave anyway, now could be the time to get rid of social media altogether. / Via The Face
Just ahead of the holidays and just following the continued collapse of the crypto market we here at PRODUCT™ recently dropped, well a product. A limited run of t-shirts questioning the existence of Web3, crypto, and the related blockchain societies. “STOP THE BLOCKCHAIN I WANT TO GET OFF”. A comfortable fit, with impeccable wit. / Via PRODUCT™
Instagram just isn’t what it used to be. With Gen Z users flocking to TikTok, social media as we know it is changing—and we’re leaving our friends and family behind. See why social media is for strangers now / Via The Atlantic
Gifted hater, Mark Duffy drops the bottom of the barrel in ads. There are of course thousands and thousands of “bad” ads produced every year that are bad simply because they’re stultifyingly boring and not worth a word of comment. These bad boys, though, aren’t just boring. They all have a little extra something—god-awful writing, blatant sexism, devastatingly unfunny “jokes”—that set them apart from the annual shit-mountain of crappy advertising. / Via Copyranter
As you know we are quite keen on sustainable things. Rebalance Vintage is a Sustainable Clothing Brand + Vintage Showroom based in Toronto, ON. Created by partners Maddie + Izzy in 2020. After graduating from university in the middle of an international pandemic they were determined to make their impact. / Via Rebalance