The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial

Premium mediocre is the finest bottle of wine at Olive Garden. Premium mediocre is cupcakes and froyo. Premium mediocre is “truffle” oil on anything (no actual truffles are harmed in the making of “truffle” oil), and extra-leg-room seats in Economy. Premium mediocre is cruise ships, artisan pizza, Game of Thrones, and The Bellagio.

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Merci Malte für dieses Stück Internet-Weltkulturerbe.

After Authenticity

One widely cited study shows that tourists who are concerned with authenticity reject souvenirs that are made for sale to Western consumers. For these tourists, authentic objects must not be “manufactured specifically for the market.” They have to have an “original” use value and purpose as intended by a native craftsperson (Cohen, 1988). This gives us a pretty good idea of what authenticity means, or at least what it meant: something special, something unique, something priceless, not a commodity, not touc

Source: After Authenticity


Fantastic read about authenticity, spanning from streetwear to travel, and of what comes after this “modern superstition”.


Die New York Times ging sogar so weit, die Millennials gleich als „Generation Slasher“ auszurufen. Durch die Entwicklung der digitalisierten Arbeitswelt fühlen sich immer mehr Menschen zu einer multiplen Karriere „eingeladen“. Wer einen Blog betreibt und Bilder sowie Texte erstellt, beschreibt sich gerne mal als “writer / photographer”. Dazu kommt, dass viele Blogger auch als Berater tätig sind – noch ein Attribut für nach dem Slash. Die Realität der Karriere und die sprachlichen Mittel, die wir haben, komm

Source: Multiple Karrieren – der Lebenslauf der Zukunft | Qiio Magazin

Farewell to Halt and Catch Fire, the best show that nobody watched 

In this respect, it’s similar to the Mad Men finale – but where Mad Men is ambivalent, at best, toward the bolt of inspiration that leads Don Draper to create the “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” ad, Halt and Catch Fire maintains a single commitment: ideas are what we have. That’s why the show could never have become a smash hit, why it got , and why it’s highly unlikely it will ever be brought back by an ambitious investor. With so many self-consciously explosive series vying for your attention, Halt and Catch Fire played a different game. It kept itself contained, forcing the audience to match its subdued, mesmerizing rhythm. Eventually, the audience and the characters learned the same lesson: sometimes, it’s worth putting in the work.

Source: Farewell to Halt and Catch Fire, the best show that nobody watched | Television & radio | The Guardian

Handbook of Tyranny 

Handbook of Tyranny portrays the routine cruelties of the twenty-first century through a series of detailed non-fictional graphic illustrations. None of these cruelties represent extraordinary violence – they reflect day-to-day implementation of laws and regulations around the globe.

Every page of the book questions our current world of walls and fences, police tactics and prison cells, crowd control and refugee camps. The dry and factual style of storytelling through technical drawings is the graphic equivalent to bureaucratic rigidity born of laws and regulations. The level of detail depicted in the illustrations of the book mirror the repressive efforts taken by authorities around the globe.

The twenty-first century shows a general striving for an ever more regulated and protective society. Yet the scale of authoritarian intervention and their stealth design adds to the growing difficulty of linking cause and effect. Handbook of Tyranny gives a profound insight into the relationship between political power, territoriality and systematic cruelties.


Source: Handbook of Tyranny | Lars Müller Publishers