Hold on. Wait a minute. People in the arts are waiting on tables while practicing their craft? It's one of those issues that makes you realize how screwed up the world can be. Fusion:
The question sent Ashley into a depressive spiral. Hers just wasn’t the breezy, glamorous life people expected from her. Customers had approached her at work before, starstruck but confused. Why would someone with 90,000 Instagram followers be serving brunch?
I know, I know - it's so unfair it makes you question everything you know about the moral arc of the universe. The author knows what it's like, too - check out this ciriculum vitae: "Nobody knows all this better than me. I’m 27 years old and have been building an online following for 10 years, beginning with a popular Livejournal I wrote in high school." Some examples of the peculiar disconnect between social-media fame and the real world: "The high highs and low lows leave me reeling. One week, I was stopped for photos six times while perusing comic books in downtown LA. The next week, I sat faceless in a room of 40 people vying for a menial courier job." That's right: there's not necessarily any money in social media fame. This requries tough choices:
Every other week, Tonjes, 29, debates getting another job but wonders how she’d have the time to keep up her three channels on top of a 9-to-5. Although she has a degree in digital media, part-time social media gigs are hard to come by because the workforce is overrun by “every 12-year-old with Facebook.” Her vlog and music channels, which have amassed around 300,000 subscribers, take up more than enough hours to be her full-time job.
“This is making me sad,” she said as she took stock of her future job options at a Starbucks in Sherman Oaks. “I have to do YouTube at this point. I have to succeed.” Well, good luck to them all. I'm still chewing over this sentence: "Although she has a degree in digital media, part-time social media gigs are hard to come by."
Don't know which is more illustrative of this weightless era: a degree in digital meda, or the idea of a part-time social media job.
MOVIES Oh, the ursinity: the Leo - Bear story is back, and verified. Key quote from DiCaprio: "You can feel the intimacy of both man and beast, you feel the sweat and the heat coming off the animal. It almost awakens another sense in you as an audience member and you feel like some voyeuristic animal watching something that you shouldn't be watching."
FAKE Bless the debunkers. Matt Novak guides you through 76 pictures passed around this year by credulous people or link-strumpets. Among the list you'll find a link to @PicPedant, a Twitter account described this: "Punctilious internet killjoy at the forefront of the New Debunkonomy. Obsessed with attribution & Photoshop." Particular attention is paid to cute anthropomorphic frogs, which really aren't having fun at all.
ARCHITORTURE This doesn't begin promisingly: "If, as some contend, architecture is really just a priapic parlour game, then Le Corbusier's Plan Voisin is the equivalent of short-man-in-a-sports-car syndrome." It's about Corbu's plan to level Paris and put up some miserable towers. If you're new to the subject, it'll fill you in. But there's this:
In the 1960s, Paris' planners tinkered once more, and the results also recall the Plan Voisin. The sprawling outer city housing estates that went up in banlieues such as Clichy-sous-Bois consisted of clusters of tower blocks that didn't look so different from Le Corbusier's ideas forty years prior. While La Defense has prospered, these estates have fomented extremism and dislocation – not so much because of the architecture per se but the lack of public transport, jobs, social services and cultural amenities out in the 'burbs.
Possibly, but the architecture didn't help. Here's a WaPo piece on "A poetic vision of Paris’s crumbling suburban high-rises." Those are the better ones.