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WELCOME TO THE·BY·PRODUCT. A WEEKLY RECAP OF WHAT IS GOING DOWN & WHAT IS COMING UP ON THE INTERNET. WHAT CAN I SAY IT WAS A SLOW MEDIA WEEKEND, SO WE OPTED TO HOLD BACK AND COME UP ON A TUESDAY. THIS WEEK WE ARE LOOKING AT HOW TIKTOK IS BECOMING A VIABLE RECRUITMENT PLATFORM, ANGRY EMAILS, THE CLOSING OF A LEGENDARY DINING EXPERIENCE, AND THE CONTINUED RISE OF THE “NEPOBABY”. ENJOY THE WEEK AHEAD, AND AS ALWAY PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE.
THIS WEEK’S HOT TAKE
BE A TRAVELLER NOT A TOURIST.
I know, I know, it’s Monday (TUESDAY) again, and I am sure just as I do, you have a bunch of emails to get to to kick off the week. Perhaps it would be more enjoyable to look at someone else’s inbox. Read through an email war between Steve Jobs and the boys of Google. / Via TechEmails
What do Triangle of Sadness, White Lotus, Squid Game and Parasite have in common? Aside of their global popularity, they are all social satires, told with a different degree of nuance and bite. They are also all new, released in the past two years.
More than a coincidence, this cultural output is a shift in aspiration. Culture is stories that we tell ourselves to make sense of what’s happening in economy and society. We may not be at the point of a feudal upheaval - pitchforks and all - but aspirationally, we already turned against the wealthy. / Via The Sociology of Business
CATEGORY: BEST FRIENDS
Meet Dee, the concept car that wants to be your friend -- and BMW's vision for the future of the way we'll interact with vehicles in both the physical and digital worlds.
The BMW i Vision Dee (or Digital Emotional Experience) concept is a compact electric sedan with hints of BMW design hallmarks -- the double kidney grille, Hofmeister kink and a very 2002-esque three-box design, for example. The simplified aesthetic leaves a lot of visual white space in the concept's inert state, presenting a sort of blank slate for the digital elements of the design to stand out. When the driver approaches the vehicle, the concept awakens with biometric sensors authenticating the owner's identity. Via / CNET
CATEGORY: CATCH PHRASES
On January 6, Hailey Bieber wore a T-shirt printed with two words: "Nepo Baby." Bieber's shirt is a naked acknowledgement of the current fervor over the phrase, which is currently as inescapable as the people it describes. But the ouroboros effect of a nepo baby wearing a nepo baby T-shirt adds a new wrinkle: like death and taxes, the nepo baby is inevitable. / Via Highsnobiety
CATEGORY: STRANGER THAN FICTION
Ugly legal drama continues to rock Journey as founding band member Neal Schon has sent yet another cease-and-desist letter — this time to keyboardist Jonathan Cain’s wife.
Paula White-Cain — a televangelist who has served as former President Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser and delivered the invocation at his inauguration — is being accused of allegedly giving herself access to the band’s bank accounts without Schon’s knowledge or consent, according to a Dec. 12 letter from Schon’s attorney that was obtained by The Post.
CATEGORY: COASTAL SHIFT
Is New York becoming Los Angeles? Give this click-bait like read five minutes of your time today. / Via New York Times.
CATEGORY: PLATFORM SHIFT
Is TikTok the new Linkedin? Employers are hiring influencers to post content about what a company is like and why someone would want to work there. Dance your way into a new job in the new year. / via CNBC
CATEGORY: THE MENU
Noma, which as we all know is rated the world’s best restaurant has announced it will be closing it’s impossible to get to doors. Why might you ask? Was it the final brutal and almost comical scenes of The Menu, or is it simply not sustainable? Spoiler ahead.
The Copenhagen chef René Redzepi says fine dining at the highest level, with its grueling hours and intense workplace culture, has hit a breaking point: “It’s unsustainable.”. / Via NYTimes
CATEGORY: THE BRAIN
Memories and perceptions seem like entirely distinct experiences, and neuroscientists used to be confident that the brain produced them differently, too. But in the 1990s, neuroimaging studies revealed that parts of the brain that were thought to be active only during sensory perception are also active during the recall of memories. / Via Wired