Sam’s Weekend Reads: Beyoncé, Coca-Cola, and Fashion Week

DON’T SHARE IT ALL

“I can tell you what outfit and hairstyle Beyoncé posted on social media last week, but I couldn’t tell you where in the world she was, what the inside of her house looks like or even which continent her primary residence is on.” There’s no denying that social media has caused a culture of oversharing, so maybe we should all be more like Beyoncé?

BOTH FUNNY AND A WOMAN

Ali Wong is making waves with her Netflix comedy special, Baby Cobra, which she performed 7-and-a-half months pregnant. “In addition to shooting a new sitcom, writing for Fresh Off the Boat, and getting up at five-thirty to breastfeed, Wong goes out most nights to perform at local clubs.” The New Yorker highlights one woman making it in comedy.

BRANDING AND NOSTALGIA

“There are WikiHow tutorials on how to breathe, how to pee, how to love, and how to cry, but drinking Coke apparently demands less instruction than functions which are naturally regulated by the brain.” A 24-year-old Coca-Cola virgin has his first Coke.

CEO OF COOL.COM

“Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?” In 1994, McDs didn’t own their mcdonalds.com domain, neither did Burger King. Here are the greatest domain stories of the early Internet.

BEING ORIGINAL

75% of this year’s top pop songs feature clapping, up from 43% in 2009. Is pop music addicted to hand clapping?

+ Please enjoy Paul McCartney playing a song on his guitar using only two-finger chords. No hand clapping here.

WITH YOUR PEOPLE

This article about a writer taking his fashion-forward 13-year-old son to Paris Fashion Week has gone viral. Michael Chabon learned more about his son andthe importance of finding your tribe than anything about fashion.

>> SAM’S THOUGHTS <<

I’ve enjoyed perusing this list of common misconceptions. Did you know there is no evidence that Vikings wore horns on their helmets? I’m considering buying a mini fridge for my cubicle. When you combine Google autocomplete and Family Feud, you get Google Feud, so say goodbye to your next 20 minutes. Consider Wikipedia edits as a musical form of meditation. I didn’t cry at this article titled, “Eight Times I Couldn’t Get Over You,” and it felt like a major achievement. I’ve just started listening to a new podcast on creative living by some Elon students. I’m probably going to print out this short list of what nice Internet users do. This simple cover of K-Ci and JoJo’s “All My Life” really helps me calm down.


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