Instagram Traps Are Making Us Sad – The selfie-friendly experience the Happy Place in Toronto is just one of many pop-up exhibitions jumping on the bandwagon launched by the Museum of Ice Cream in New York. (Boston, beware: #WeAreHappyPlace pops up there in April.) But one critic notes that the act of posing in the bright and wacky settings is actually not that enjoyable at all. “The only thing that matters is that they look good online,” writes Tatum Dooley. (Walrus)
“The label can be used if they cry at a seeming whim, have suicidal ideation, are jealous—or, sometimes, when they do nothing more than stand up for themselves.” On Heart Berries and what we mean when we call women crazy. | The Walrus
Tatum Dooley unpicks how Instagram influencers deploy a minimalist aesthetic: ‘Minimalism, or pseudo-minimalism, turns out to be a handy undercover vehicle for consumer obsession: aesthetically pleasurable, and suggestive of high-minded austerity, it obscures its own extravagance. It signals virtue while suggesting that beauty and the good are one and the same.’
“Word Perfect“, my essay for Real Life on the importance of pronouncing names correctly, was recently discussed by Lakshmi Ramgopal and Britt Julious on the radio station Vocolo 99.1 in Chicago. You can listen here.