Making It Up

021: China starts rating its citizens to increase trust and AI becomes increasingly common

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102: Posthumous collections and unionizing
Charis and Eugene discuss Frances Bean Cobain launching the “Kurt Was Here” clothing collection and what the purpose is of releasing posthumous products. They also talk about the union drive occurring at Kickstarter and how unions can function within companies.  00:03:04 Posthumous work 00:19:00 Unions Links https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/kurt-cobain-clothing-collection-881429/ https://slate.com/technology/2019/09/kickstarter-turmoil-union-drive-historic-tech-industry.html www.maekan.com
45:13
September 18, 2019
101: Special edition ft. personal questions
Eugene and Charis celebrate making it to 100 episodes by taking one week off to ask each other hard-hitting big picture questions about creativity plus some lightning round either or questions. 00:03:20 Big questions 00:34:55 Lightning round Links https://wepresent.wetransfer.com/story/career-myths-making-good-money-means-selling-out-creatively/ https://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/carly-ayres-the-end-of-hawraf-graphic-design-180319
46:31
September 10, 2019
100: Products for older people and disability access
Charis and Eugene talk about why products for older people are poorly designed and how to include older people in the design process. They also discuss Johanna Hedva’s disability access rider and why constructing society around what we often see to be niche groups is actually the best course of action. 00:03:10 Older people 00:28:11 Disability access Links https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614167/why-are-products-for-older-people-so-ugly https://sickwomantheory.tumblr.com/post/187188672521/hedvas-disability-access-rider www.maekan.com
46:40
September 5, 2019
099: The future of Diet Prada and the purpose of gender-neutral pronouns
Eugene and Charis discuss the future of Diet Prada, the media company run by Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler that aims to hold the fashion industry accountable. They also talk about the use of gender-neutral pronouns and the possible effects shifting language can have on shifting culture. 00:01:30 Diet Prada 00:28:51 Pronouns Links https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/professional/the-future-of-diet-prada https://www.wired.com/story/actually-gender-neutral-pronouns-can-change-a-culture/ www.maekan.com
43:49
August 27, 2019
098: The memes and brands relationship and virtual influencers
Charis and Eugene talk about the possible relationship between memes and brands as being top-down or bottom-up, giving the New York Times and Wendy’s as examples of each. They also discuss the new virtual influencer Liam Nikuro and what virtual influencer companies get right and what they could do better. 00:01:41 Memes and brands 00:22:39 Virtual influencers Links https://breakingsmart.substack.com/p/memes-brands-and-missions https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/07/e2037ca6e34d-feature-japanese-pop-culture-takes-world-stage-through-virtual-influencer.html www.maekan.com
47:00
August 20, 2019
097: The history and effect of the hipster
Eugene and Charis discuss only one topic this week, but go all in on it. Greg Jackson’s essay“HipsterElegies” provides the starting point for a conversation on the history of the hipster and the importance of the hipster on the evolution of culture.  00:02:27 Effect of the hipster Links https://hedgehogreview.com/issues/reality-and-its-alternatives/articles/hipster-elegies www.maekan.com
40:39
August 1, 2019
096: Peak podcast and the Bob Ross paintings mystery
Charis and Eugene talk about whether we have reached peak podcast and, if not, what peak podcast would look like. They also discuss where the thousands of Bob Ross paintings are, what his appeal has been in the last five years, and how people are seeking hope wherever they can. 00:02:27 Peak podcast 00:31:46 Bob Ross Links https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/style/why-are-there-so-many-podcasts.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/arts/bob-ross-paintings-mystery.html www.maekan.com
51:44
July 23, 2019
095: Instagram combats bullying and the millennial art market
Eugene and Charis discuss measures Instagram as a platform is taking to combat bullying and more generally what bullying looks like. They also talk about how the art market is changing to attract younger collectors, as well as the company Otis which is about investing in“alternativeassets”. Timestamps 00:03:49 Instagram combats bullying 00:24:26 Millennial art market Links https://withotis.com/about https://news.artnet.com/market/how-to-sell-to-millennials-1581577 https://time.com/5619999/instagram-mosseri-bullying-artificial-intelligence/ www.maekan.com
48:42
July 17, 2019
094: What photographers owe subjects and smartphones are either killing or saving the planet
Charis and Eugene talk about what the relationship between a photographer and their subjects looks like, according to four different photographers. They also discuss two articles that seem to take a different stance on the smartphone—it’s either a planet killer or a global savior. 00:06:07 Photographers and subjects 00:28:07 Killer/savior smartphones Links: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-photographers-owe-subjects-four-photographers-weigh https://www.fastcompany.com/90165365/smartphones-are-wrecking-the-planet-faster-than-anyone-expected https://www.wired.com/story/iphone-environment-consumption/ www.maekan.com
47:39
July 9, 2019
093: Gaming subscriptions and changing women’s football
Eugene and Charis discuss whether gaming subscriptions can possibly lead to more innovative and experimental video games. They also talk about what changing the rules and regulations of women’s football might do for the development of the game.  00:02:33 Gaming subscriptions 00:27:30 Women’s football Links: https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/18/18682700/gaming-subscriptions-ea-microsoft-ubisoft-netflix-streaming https://the18.com/soccer-entertainment/size-of-womens-soccer-fields-debate-hope-solo www.maekan.com
57:42
July 2, 2019
092: Creative capital and teens on climate crisis
Charis and Eugene talk about Aaron Rodgers coming on as partner in a new venture and growth capital fund. This piece of news links to a trend towards a broader consideration of creative capital and the possibilities for how creatives conduct business. They also discuss Greta Thunberg, a teenager in Sweden striking in order to call for something to be done about the climate crisis.  00:02:53 Creative capital 00:26:36 Teens on climate crisis Links: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2019/06/05/aaron-rodgers-launches-50-million-venture-capital-fund-with-roth-capital/#1cfb1f1c2b41 https://www.wired.co.uk/article/greta-thunberg-climate-crisis www.maekan.com
40:40
June 26, 2019
091: Rei Kawakubo and the role of work
Eugene and Charis discuss a recent WWD interview with Rei Kawakubo, founder of COMME des GARÇONS and Dover Street Market, where she makes distinctions between her relationship with fashion and business. They also talk about whether the role work now plays in people’s lives can be considered equivalent in any way to the role religion used to have.  00:02:53 Rei Kawakubo 00:26:36 The role of work Links: https://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/the-originals-rei-kawakubo-on-the-genius-grind-1203137382/ https://www.fastcompany.com/90350861/how-work-became-the-millennial-religion-of-choice www.maekan.com
46:26
June 18, 2019
090: Experience as art and smart cities
Charis and Eugene talk about art collective Meow Wolf and the concessions necessary to make art profitable. They also discuss the health of the Internet particularly as it pertains to the world’s population increasingly gathering in cities.  00:02:53 Experience as art 00:26:36 Internet health Links: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/05/01/magazine/meow-wolf-art-experience-economy.html https://internethealthreport.org/2019/the-power-of-cities/ www.maekan.com
43:05
June 13, 2019
089: Political correctness in fashion and the rise of the slacker
Eugene and Charis talk about whether or not an issue of political correctness censoring fashion design exists, a discussion revolving around an op-ed written by Eugene Rabkin. They also talk about how the age of the influencer is starting to come to an end while appreciation of the slacker and slacking off is on the rise.  00:02:23 Politically correct fashion 00:29:27 Rise of the slacker Links: https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/fashion-age-political-correctness/ https://qz.com/quartzy/1588115/instagram-influencers-are-out-slackers-are-in/ www.maekan.com
44:33
May 20, 2019
088: Rise of captionfluencers and MUJI Hotel opens in Tokyo
Charis and Eugene discuss the emergence of increasingly lengthy captions on Instagram and the implications of this trend. They also talk about the newly opened MUJI Hotel in Tokyo and what it takes for a brand to successfully extend itself. 00:01:46 Captionfluencers 00:19:00 MUJI Hotel Links: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/style/instagram-long-captions.html https://maekan.com/2019/03/muji-hotel-ginza-opening/
43:05
April 23, 2019
087: The VICE Philip Morris partnership and overflowing museum collections
Eugene and Charis talk about the partnership between the big tobacco company Philip Morris and the media platform VICE in relation to the idea of whether good things can come from bad money. They also discuss the issue of increasingly large museum collections and what museums might do collectively to make art more accessible. 00:01:48 VICE Philip Morris 00:27:15 Overflowing museums Links: https://notvice.com/vice-and-philip-morris-international-partnership-c0cd977738df https://maekan.com/2019/03/museum-artwork-full/ What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the  sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning,  participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level  that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of  creative culture.We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com.  You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access  to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our  monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com 
45:42
April 7, 2019
086: Mega-influencers and taxing luxury goods
Charis and Eugene discuss whether it’s possible to become a mega-influencer anymore. They also talk about the reasons China might tax luxury goods and how that might affect consumerism in the country. 00:00:54 Mega-influencers 00:24:32 Luxury tax Links: https://fashionista.com/2019/03/top-instagram-social-media-influencers-marketing-success https://jingdaily.com/china-luxury-debt/   What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the  sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning,  participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level  that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of  creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com.  You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access  to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our  monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com 
45:20
March 26, 2019
085: Losing the suit and vegan design
Eugene and Charis talk about Goldman Sachs telling employees that they can start dressing more casually and how that might affect the fashion landscape. They also discuss an argument for veganizing design and the counter-argument against applying that ideology. 00:18:40 Losing the suit 00:35:14 Vegan design Links: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/business/dealbook/goldman-sachs-dress-code.html https://www.dezeen.com/2019/03/01/sebastian-cox-vegan-design-sustainable-opinion/ What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com 
50:40
March 15, 2019
084: Being successful but miserable and a Nike ad on women in sports
Charis and Eugene talk about the latest video ad for Nike titled Dream Crazier that features women in sports and a voiceover encouraging women to attempt even more. They also discuss the phenomenon of being professionally successful on paper but miserable in actuality. 00:10:17 Women in sports 00:28:55 Miserable at work Links: https://news.nike.com/featured_video/dream-crazier https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/21/magazine/elite-professionals-jobs-happiness.html What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com 
50:22
March 6, 2019
083: Healthy skepticism and artist-endowed foundations
Eugene and Charis discuss when skepticism is good and when more trust is needed. They also talk about the increase in artist-endowed foundations and the work that these foundations are doing in terms of cultural philanthropy. 00:20:20 Healthy skepticism 00:33:58 Art philanthropy Links: https://medium.com/s/reasonable-doubt/when-healthy-skepticism-really-isn-t-e95594d1e380 https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ongoing-artist-as-philanthropist-report-tracks-the-rise-of-endowed-foundations-1463578   What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com 
43:29
February 27, 2019
082: NOAH on consumer power and Reddit accepting Tencent funding
Charis and Eugene talk about consumer power and the responsibility that comes with spending money on anything. They also discuss the potential funding Reddit might be accepting from Chinese tech giant Tencent and how that could shape the Internet in the States, in China, and globally. This episode attempts to unpack what it means to follow the origins and effect of each dollar. 00:11:55 Consumer power 00:41:53 Chinese investment money Links: https://noahny.com/blogs/news/consumer-power https://gizmodo.com/reddit-banned-in-china-is-reportedly-set-to-land-150-1832375439 What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the  sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning,  participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level  that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of  creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what  else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com.  You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access  to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our  monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
59:11
February 14, 2019
081: Nardwuar’s influence on hip-hop and the evolution of CAPTCHA
Eugene and Charis discuss the influence of Nardwuar on the hip-hop world and how his persona plus interview style gets great results. They also talk about why CAPTCHA exists, what the future of CAPTCHA looks like, and what the progress of CAPTCHA says about our pursuit to find the universal quality of humanness. 00:13:58 Nardwuar’s influence 00:30:35 Evolution of CAPTCHA Links: https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/nardwuar-hip-hop-significance/ https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/1/18205610/google-captcha-ai-robot-human-difficult-artificial-intelligence What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the  sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning,  participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level  that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of  creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what  else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com.  You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access  to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our  monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
45:08
February 8, 2019
080: Personality in websites and the responsibility of billionaires
Charis and Eugene talk about how restaurant websites are being visited less and losing personality, and therefore are in need of a purpose and identity overhaul. They also discuss how billionaires are being critically panned and what the responsibility of the wealthy is to the world. 00:09:50 Website personality 00:22:36 Billionaires’ responsibility Links https://www.are.na/blog/restaurant-websites https://www.axios.com/billionaires-economic-inequality-davos-world-economic-forum-85d51f38-6a7f-4017-9566-169cb6732f83.html What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
36:03
February 4, 2019
079: A planetary health diet and creating while clean
Eugene and Charis talk about the newly proposed “flexitarian” diet configured by 37 scientists to not only be healthy for humans, but to take care of our planet. They also discuss what it looks like to be creative while clean as described by nine musicians interviewed by GQ regarding all aspects of their journey through substance abuse into sobriety. 00:16:22 Flexitarian diet 00:33:42 Creating while clean Links: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46865204 https://www.gq.com/story/clean-musicians What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
50:12
January 28, 2019
078: Pizza could save the world and millennial burnout
Charis and Eugene discuss Don Norman’s concept of how pizza could save the world—metaphorically speaking—as pizza is a way to view and solve problems. They also talk about millennial burnout and why the generation born between the early 1980’s and late 1990’s experiences errand paralysis, engages in self-destructive behaviors, and have tough mental battles to wage. 00:07:57 Pizza solution 00:20:47 Millennial burnout Links: https://www.fastcompany.com/90288282/how-pizza-could-save-the-world https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/millennials-burnout-generation-debt-work What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
44:24
January 22, 2019
077: Virtual influencers and big tech growth
Eugene and Charis discuss the new hit app Zepeto and how the virtual avatar platform can lead to the continued rise of virtual influencers and digital exclusives in consumer goods. They also talk about the non-stop growth of big tech and the ongoing relationship individuals must navigate with technology. 00:09:45 Virtual influencers 00:23:41 Big tech Links: https://jingdaily.com/virtual-avatar-china-luxury-brands/ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/01/technology/big-tech-troubled-just-getting-started.html What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
37:19
January 14, 2019
076: The future book and the comeback of physical books
Eugene and Charis talk about how the future book is already here even though its form may be different from what we expected. They also discuss the comeback of physical books, in part thanks to social media. 00:15:57 The future book 00:30:03 Book resurgence Links: https://www.wired.com/story/future-book-is-here-but-not-what-we-expected/ https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/12/19/18146500/independent-bookstores-instagram-social-media-growth What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com 
47:28
January 9, 2019
075: Creating projects inspired by heritage and airlines for millennials
Eugene and Charis talk about a Nike football shirt created in collaboration with The NATIVE and use that subject as a launching point for discussing projects done well that are inspired by heritage. They also discuss why Air France’s airline Joon, which targets millennials, isn’t working and what could possibly make airlines more appealing when you control for price and schedule.  00:17:13 Heritage projects 00:33:25 Millennial airlines Links: https://news.nike.com/news/native-lagos-football-jersey https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/12/13/18138423/millennial-airline-air-france-joon What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
53:40
January 2, 2019
074: Better native advertising in podcasts and the Tumblr NSFW content ban
Eugene and Charis discuss how advertising on podcasts can be done well and what makes an ad work particularly well for specific podcasts. They also talk about the effects of the recent Tumblr ban of NSFW adult content and how the internet is continuing to shrink—to the detriment of all of us. 00:11:34 Podcast advertising 00:33:05 Tumblr’s NSFW ban Links: https://medium.com/that-good-you-need/malcolm-gladwell-and-exceptional-advertising-198a21af8fba https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/catesish/internet-is-getting-small-and-boring-long-live-tumblr What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
53:11
December 19, 2018
073: Fashion profiling in Cambridge Analytica data and Amazon HQ2 gentrification
Eugene and Charis talk about how Cambridge Analytica data found that fashion profiling reliably showed political leanings and what that means for fashion brands. They also discuss Amazon HQ2 being built in Queens, New York and Crystal City, Virginia and what that means for those neighborhoods in the context of gentrification. 00:11:42 Fashion profiling 00:29:41 Ethics of gentrification Links: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/29/style/cambridge-analytica-fashion-data.html https://www.fastcompany.com/90274295/is-gentrification-ever-ethical What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
42:55
December 13, 2018
072: Craigslist decreases waste generation and Rookie Mag closes
This week the discussion revolves around the impact of Craigslist on decreasing waste production and the possibilities for encouraging a wider culture of reusing and sharing items. Tavi Gevinson writes a heartfelt Editor’s Letter to explain the end of Rookie Mag. Eugene and Charis discuss how to stay true to personal interests while remaining responsible to others. Links https://www.fastcompany.com/90272357/craigslist-is-quietly-changing-how-much-americans-throw-away http://www.rookiemag.com/2018/11/editors-letter-86/ What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
50:27
December 4, 2018
071: Forbes 30 Under 30 and NASA-inspired products
Eugene brings up the subject of the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 in relation to the feeling of envy. He and Charis talk about under what circumstances envy can be good and bad. Charis points out the constant stream of NASA-inspired apparel and considers whether more can be done for women in STEM. Links https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/11/30-under-30-millennials-in-congress-envy.html https://www.history.com/news/human-computers-women-at-nasa What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
33:02
November 27, 2018
070: The business of background music and nanoinfluencer marketing
This week Eugene looks into the business of background music and the art of curating audio qualities that’s appropriate for brands and spaces. Charis discusses the shifts in the influencer economy towards nanoinfluencers and considers how this changes the prospects of influencers at various levels plus the actual overall effectiveness of these tactics. Links https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/06/inside-the-booming-business-of-background-music https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/business/media/nanoinfluencers-instagram-influencers.html What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
34:24
November 21, 2018
069: Special episode recap of the Unexpected Connections conference
Unexpected Connections was a conference hosted by Imprint and MAEKAN which happened November 7, 2018 in Long Beach, California. In this episode, Eugene and Charis discuss what went well, what could be improved on, and what lessons they’ve learned. Unexpected connections are the simplest way of describing creativity. In its most basic form, it’s pattern recognition, and at its most complex, it’s a tangled web that humans have become surprisingly great at deconstructing. The conference brought together people from disparate walks of life to speak in conversation with each other on stage. Speakers included John Maeda, Julia Huang, John C Jay, Jason Mayden, Jun Cha, Jennifer Ferro, Lindsay Jang, David Choe, James Bailey, Charis Poon, Eugene Kan, Jeff Staple, Karen Okonkwo, Madeleine Brand, Helen Zia, and Kenya Hara. Links https://unexpectedconnectionsevent.com https://www.instagram.com/unexpectedconnections https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/unexpectedconlb What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
30:59
November 14, 2018
068: Studying the impact of design on business and an algorithm for making fragrance
Charis expresses interest in a McKinsey study that analyzed copious amounts of data over the past 5 years to determine what impact design decisions have on business performance. Eugene wants to talk about the algorithm IBM and Symrise, a major fragrance company, developed specifically for making new fragrances. 00:13:23 Design impact study 00:27:30 AI-created scents Links: https://www.fastcompany.com/90255363/this-mckinsey-study-of-300-companies-reveals-what-every-business-needs-to-know-about-design-for-2019 https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/10/24/18019918/ibm-artificial-intelligence-perfume-symrise-philyra What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
43:08
November 5, 2018
067: Photoshop on the iPad and myths about the Chinese art market
Eugene is interested in considering whether the new full version of Adobe Photoshop on the iPad with cloud syncing capabilities might change the ways people create. Charis wants to talk about the Chinese art market and how what it looks like on the surface isn’t a good indicator of what’s really happening. 00:23:19 Photoshop on the iPad 00:35:05 The Chinese art market Links: https://www.dpreview.com/news/0367513073/a-fully-featured-photoshop-is-finally-coming-to-the-ipad https://news.artnet.com/market/5-biggest-myths-chinese-art-market-1371619 What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
45:51
October 29, 2018
066: How to fix fashion and giving entrepreneurs money
This week Eugene looks into the current state of fashion as described by 36 industry people in an article published by Elle. He and Charis dive into the perception of fashion as a superficial area of interest and discuss the possibilities of fashion with regards to identity and depth. Charis describes the competitions being organized by African governments that award money to entrepreneurs. These competitions are intended to encourage business innovation and to create jobs. 00:12:40 Fixing fashion 00:26:30 Money for entrepreneurs Links: https://www.elle.com/fashion/a23568834/how-to-fix-fashion https://qz.com/africa/1327833/kenya-is-following-nigeria-in-running-a-massive-business-plan-competition What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
34:47
October 23, 2018
065: Low-Tech Magazine’s low-tech website and Banksy’s self-destructing art
Eugene is interested in talking about the efforts of Low-Tech Magazine to reduce the energy use required to access their content by building a low-tech, self-hosted, and solar-powered website for themselves. Charis comes to the podcast wanting to talk about Banksy trolling (or possibly being in complicity with) the art world by orchestrating the self-destruction of his painting right after it had been sold at auction by Sotheyby’s for $1.4 million USD. 00:12:40 Low-tech websites 00:26:30 Self-destructing Banksy Links: https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2018/09/how-to-build-a-lowtech-website https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/arts/design/uk-banksy-painting-sothebys.html What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
36:21
October 15, 2018
064: Too many video games and in praise of mediocrity
This week Charis discusses the landscape of video games and how many more new games have come into being over the past four years. How has this affected the video game industry and what does the future of it look like? Eugene wants to talk about an opinion piece written by Tim Wu that praises the pursuit of mediocrity in certain areas of life and the practice of having hobbies. 00:12:28 Indiepocalypse 00:28:38 Hobbies and mediocrity Links: https://www.polygon.com/2018/9/28/17911372/there-are-too-many-video-games-what-now-indiepocalypse https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/in-praise-of-mediocrity.html What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
40:46
October 8, 2018
063: Performative well-being and the diminishing marginal value of aesthetics
Eugene brings up the subject of the OSTRICH PILLOW HOOD Kickstarter as a way to talk about the use of products to perform individual pursuit of well-being. Charis discusses a report titled "The Diminishing Marginal Value of Aesthetics" published by Subpixel at length as a way to talk about visual culture and the challenges creators face. 00:20:00 Performative well-being 00:27:25 Diminishing marginal value of aesthetics Links: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/studio-banana/ostrich-pillow-hood-shape-shifting-for-focus-and-c https://subpixel.space/entries/diminishing-marginal-aesthetic-value/ What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. MAEKAN.
48:51
October 2, 2018
062: Defining authenticity and social credit systems
Eugene and Charis discuss what "authenticity" means. They take a look at authenticity in food culture specifically and then expand on the subject to look at authenticity more broadly. Charis and Eugene also discuss the social credit system being adopted in China and the implications of it on real people. 00:11:49 Authentically What? 00:26:00 China's social credit system Links: https://www.thecleaverquarterly.com/stories/hybridized-chinese-food http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-18/china-social-credit-a-model-citizen-in-a-digital-dictatorship/10200278 What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
44:44
September 27, 2018
061: What analytical media can teach and an online museum cataloguing analog sounds
Another long intro in part because Charis is moving to London. Feel free to skip ahead to the middle point of this episode when Eugene discusses the importance of analytical media in connection to an op-ed written by Lawrence Ware about The Source magazine. Charis' topic this week is about the online museum called Conserve the Sound which carefully catalogs images and audio snippets of analog items. This topic leads into a larger discussion about what is conceptually lost when new technology replaces older items. 00:19:22 Analytical media 00:31:24 Conserve the Sound Links: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/opinion/what-the-source-taught-me.html https://www.conservethesound.de/en/ What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
44:04
September 18, 2018
060: Community-driven publications and the Kaepernick Nike campaign
An eventful week of news leads to an eventful (and long) series of discussions. This episode covers three things that happened: The Outline’s most recent round of layoffs leads to a freelancer boycott of the publication, The New Yorker announces Steve Bannon as a speaker at their upcoming Festival and then rescinds their invite after Twitter outrage, and Colin Kaepernick is revealed as the face of the 30th Anniversary “Just Do It” Nike campaign. 00:03:11 Recent The Outline layoffs 00:16:48 Steve Bannon uninvited from The New Yorker Festival 00:26:00 Colin Kaepernick in 30th Anniversary Nike Campaign Links: https://observer.com/2018/09/media-layoffs-the-outline-freelancers-study-hall/ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/04/opinion/bannon-new-yorker-festival-remnick.html https://www.economist.com/open-future/2018/09/04/the-open-future-festival-and-steve-bannon https://qz.com/1378192/a-nike-boycott-over-colin-kaepernick-is-unlikely-to-hurt-the-swoosh/ https://youtu.be/Fq2CvmgoO7I What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
58:53
September 13, 2018
059: Art in space and better cybersecurity
This week’s intro is a long one and covers Kindles, reflections on death, and some discussion of what’s recently been published on MAEKAN. The main topics for discussion are the purpose of art in space and ways for companies to incentivize better cybersecurity. 00:16:48 Art in space 00:26:00 Fortnite encourages cybersecurity Links: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/orbital-reflector-trevor-paglen-space-art-humanity-star/568858/ https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/23/epic-games-just-gave-a-perk-for-folks-to-turn-on-2fa-every-other-big-company-should-too/ What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
39:29
September 10, 2018
058: The Nike balaclava controversy, acknowledging luck, and the linguistic heritage
This week Eugene and Charis talk about reckoning with luck, the circumstances we have no control over, in our lives and how that affects our perception of others. In relation to this first topic, the second half of their conversation discusses the origins of different parts of language and how the way we speak is both uncontrollable and can result in differing opinions on us. 00:10:05 Nike balaclava controversy 00:15:12 Acknowledging luck 00:35:37 Linguistic heritage Links: https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/nike-balaclava-gang-culture https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/8/21/17687402/kylie-jenner-luck-human-life-moral-privilege https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/08/17/606002607/ready-for-a-linguistic-controversy-say-mhmm What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
47:41
September 4, 2018
057: Intrusive Upwork monitoring and Advisory Board Crystals Wikipedia collaboration
Charis and Eugene discuss whether a time-tracking feature utilized by Upwork that takes screenshots of a freelancer's screen and logs keystrokes is too intrusive and what leads to healthy freelancer client relationships. The also talk about a t-shirt released by Advisory Board Crystals that raises funds to support the Wikimedia Foundation 00:11:12 Intrusive Upwork feature 00:27:06 Advisory Board Crystals x Wikipedia Links: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/carolineodonovan/upwork-freelancers-work-diary-keystrokes-screenshot https://www.advisoryboardcrystals.com/wikipedia/abc-x-wikipedia What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
50:02
August 30, 2018
056: Narcissism in the West and the censoring of fake news
This week Eugene and Charis go live on Hong Kong Community Radio. They talk about the misperception of narcissism being newly on the rise in Western culture and the handling of Alex Jones and Infowars by various companies and publishing platforms. 00:14:12 Narcissism in the West 00:24:40 Censoring fake news Links: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/7/19/17518086/selfie-will-storr-book-psychology-west https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/07/technology/tech-companies-online-speech.html What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
48:33
August 20, 2018
055: Controversy around the Netflix Originals show Insatiable and what rich people f
This week Eugene and Charis talk about the controversy surrounding the new Netflix Originals show Insatiable and discuss whether it promotes fat-shaming. The show’s creators state that their intention is to deconstruct unhealthy thinking and behaviors. Also discussed on this episode is the way the perception of expensive food for rich people has changed. 00:12:45 Netflix Originals Insatiable controversy 00:24:40 Rich people food Links: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/08/insatiable-netflix-controversy-fatty-patty-petition-creator-lauren-gussis https://qz.com/quartzy/1335095/the-expensive-food-that-rich-people-eat-has-evolved-over-the-years/ What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
36:47
August 9, 2018
054: Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% and Jonah Hill in connection to origin stories
Eugene brings up a New York Times article that looks into the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% to see if the shoe really does improve running times. Eugene considers the wider affects of the rise in technical performance apparel and footwear. Charis talks about a Jonah Hill interview published in 52 Insights that connected with her recent thinking about the idea of origin stories. 00:11:05 Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% 00:27:36 Jonah Hill and origin stories Links: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/07/18/upshot/nike-vaporfly-shoe-strava.html https://www.52-insights.com/interview-film-jonah-hill-its-not-like-i-enjoy-being-famous-very-much/ What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
39:02
August 5, 2018
053: Emotional help from AI and the Nike App at Retail
Charis Poon is joined by MAEKAN summer apprentice Alek Rose while Eugene Kan is out of town. Alek is interested in discussing the aftermath of a viral series of screenshots comparing a Russian AI assistant and the Google assistant. The article from Aeon on the subject suggests that the increasing reliance of humans on AI and technology for help with emotional health issues is something to be cautious about. Charis wants to talk about the new Nike App at Retail and whether there are better ways to merge digital technology and physical spaces. 00:05:43 Emotional help from AI 00:22:45 Nike App at Retail Links: https://aeon.co/essays/can-emotion-regulating-tech-translate-across-cultures https://news.nike.com/news/nike-app-at-retail-shopping-experience What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
34:40
July 31, 2018
052: Social media’s impact on empathy and advancements in surveillance technology
Alek Rose, MAEKAN summer apprentice, discusses the news of the death of 3 Canadian vloggers in connection to how social media has warped our perception of others. Charis brings up the subject of increasingly advanced surveillance technology and how this impacts privacy and societal norms. 00:13:26 Social media’s erosion of empathy 00:22:40 Surveillance technology Instagram’s Facade of the Perfect Life Has Made Us Lose Our Empathy by Dan Ginn https://petapixel.com/2018/07/09/instagrams-facade-of-the-perfect-life-has-made-us-lose-our-empathy/ ‘Big Brother’ surveillance state? As facial recognition use grows, so do privacy fears by Rob Lever https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/08/big-brother-surveillance-state-facial-recognition-use-grows-privacy-fears/ Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras by Paul Mozur https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/business/china-surveillance-technology.html What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
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July 24, 2018
051: Fashion’s inconsistent support of #MeToo and the purpose of the Michelin Guide
Charis discusses her disappointment in the fashion industry’s inconsistent attitude towards the #MeToo movement by talking through the issues brought up by Julie Zerbo in a recent The Fashion Law article. Eugene brings up the subject of the Michelin Guide having recently covered Guangzhou and how the mission of the guide doesn’t include reviewing street food. Alek Rose, MAEKAN summer apprentice, joins as a guest on this episode. 00:11:42 Fashion industry and #MeToo 00:31:53 Michelin Guide Paris Fashion Week's Front Rows Speak to Fashion's Complicated Stance on #MeToo by Julie Zerbo http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/paris-fashion-weeks-front-rows-speak-to-fashions-stance-on-metoo How Would the Michelin Guide Understand Chinese Street Food? by Echo Huang https://quartzy.qz.com/1317909/how-would-the-micheline-guide-understand-chinese-street-food What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
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July 18, 2018
050: The potential challenges for Grailed and what makes a good CV
MAEKAN It Up — #050: The potential challenges for Grailed and what makes a good CV Eugene has some concerns as to the future of Grailed in light of their recent investment round of $15 million. Charis wants to talk about what makes a good CV, but it turns out that the answer to that question is very context-dependent. 00:11:42 Grailed 00:31:53 Good CVs Missed the Latest Supreme Drop? Head to Grailed by Matthew Schneier https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/style/grailed-ebay-for-hypebeasts.html “Even if you cover a shit in glitter it’s still a shit”: top creatives show us their CVs by Lucy Bourton Lecture in Progress https://www.itsnicethat.com/features/the-graduates-2018-2018-cv-advice-210618 What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions. MAEKAN.com Follow Us instagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com
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July 13, 2018
049: Jay-Z as the new creative director of Puma Basketball and Kickstarter launches
Eugene has a bone to pick with the news that Jay-Z has been appointed as the creative director of Puma Basketball. Charis gets excited about the Kickstarter spin-off Quickstarter that champions small projects. 00:17:58 Jay-Z as Puma Basketball creative director 00:36:34 Quickstarter Puma Clarifies: Jay-Z Is Not Actually President of Basketball Operations by Aric Jenkins Kickstarter — Quickstarter: It's okay to think small "Quickstarter" Encourages Creators to Crowdfund their Small-Scale Passion Projects by Emily Engle Oscar Lhermit
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June 28, 2018
048: Roger Federer possible Uniqlo sponsorship and Grindr's publication Into opens a production studio
Charis brings up the subject of tennis legend Roger Federer possibly signing with Uniqlo since his Nike deal has expired. The conversation turns to covering iconic sponsorship deals in general. Eugene is interested in discussing how Grindr's online publication Into launching a new production studio that supports LGBTQ+ creators impacts the media landscape. Roger Federer Reportedly Leaves Nike for Uniqlo (and Stacks of Cash) by Cam Wolf Grindr’s online publication Into launches production studio for LGBTQ+ creators by Laura Isabella What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-supported publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting wi
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June 22, 2018
047: Criticism of the Nike BETRUE campaign and an awkward marketing campaign by adidas
Eugene questions whether Nike has done a good job with their BETRUE campaign this year in honor of Pride Month. Charis thinks an email campaign sent out by adidas is cringe-worthy. Nike BETRUE 2018 Collection Pride for Profit? Nike Catches Criticism for Using the Pink Triangle on Its BeTrue Sneakers by Maiysha Kai Sorry adidas, I won't try to make my sneakers go viral by Philip Sherburne What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-supported publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level
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June 11, 2018
046: Spotify rolls back its hateful conduct policy and the link between sleep and creativity
Charis's topic this week is Spotify's decision to roll back their hateful conduct policy. Eugene is interested in the connection between the different phases of sleep and creativity. Spotify’s hateful content policy was ‘rolled out wrong,’ says CEO by Megan Farokhmanesh A New Theory Linking Sleep and Creativity by Ed Yong What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-supported publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensure
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June 8, 2018
045: The history of venture capital and Instagram's new features for digital well-being
Eugene brings up an essay in Logic magazine that recounts the history of venture capital. Charis wants to talk about new features in Instagram that are meant to help users develop healthier digital habits. The Unicorn Hunters by Kim-Mai Cutler Instagram will soon let you know just how much time you waste on it by Hanna Kozlowska What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-supported publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop
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May 31, 2018
044: Sagmeister & Walsh launch product line Sorry I Have No Filter and nightclubs fostering culture
Eugene wants to talk about the product line Sorry I Have No Filter launched by Sagmeister & Walsh to raise money for its not-for-profit Ladies, Wine & Design. Ladies, Wine & Design was started two years ago after Jessica Walsh got to the heart of some of the hate she was receiving. Charis is interested in an exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum called “Night Fever” that surveys night clubs in history and how they were important places for culture to grow. Sorry I Have No Filter Ladies, Wine & Design Step 07: Kill Them With Kindness By Jessica Walsh Jessica Walsh by Anita Magaña
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May 24, 2018
043: Lo-fi hip-hop and the meaning of "muse"
Eugene and Charis catch up after a bit of a break in the regularly scheduled programming. Charis wants to talk about the lo-fi hip-hop community that emerged on YouTube. Eugene brings up the question of what it means to be an artist's muse. What It's Really Like To Be An Artist's Muse by Priscilla Frank YouTube & Chill: A Glimpse Into The World Of Lo-fi Hip-Hop by Kevin Cortez What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-supported publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative cul
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May 10, 2018
042: Should we use physical/psychological testing to optimize us for jobs and why society needs to care about helicopter parenting.
In MAEKAN It Up #042, Eugene welcomes a special guest in Scott Masek. With Charis traveling in San Francisco, Scott brings an opinionated point-of-view over a podcast that is packed with insights about Apple as an insurance company, the idea of performance testing for job optimization, and how helicopter parenting is affecting the future of society.  Zuora IPO and how subscriptions changed how we do business by Denis Pombriant How USA could win the World Cup with an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain assist by Graham Parker Are Helicopter Parents Ruining a Generation?  by Julie Lythcott-Haims
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April 27, 2018
041: Is there a benefit to copycat technology and assessing the NY Times op-ed section
In MAEKAN It Up #041, Eugene and Charis examine what it means for tech companies and consumers when innovative products get ripped off. We also look at the idea of conflicting opinions in the NY Times' Op-Ed section and what it means for critical analysis. Huawei’s wannabe AirPods look and feel good by Vlad Savov The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it’s not honest about US conservatism by David Roberts What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-supported publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that soc
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April 18, 2018
040: What comes after Facebook and Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton
Eugene and Charis tackle some recent big topics in this episode. First is a discussion of the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica Facebook news and what this means for the future of Facebook. Second is a dissection of the responses to Louis Vuitton appointing Virgil Abloh as its new artistic director of menswear. The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, explained with a simple diagram by Alvin Chang Louis Vuitton Names Virgil Abloh as Its New Men’s Wear Designer by Vanessa Friedman and Elizabeth Paton What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-supported publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, parti
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April 4, 2018
039: The power of reality television and why people don't ask for help
Charis listened to an episode of Invisibilia that resonated strongly with her. The episode discusses the UN-backed reality tv show held in Somalia with the goal of changing the population's perceptions of what's normal. Eugene wants to discuss why people in working environments don't ask for help and what creates bad work culture. The Other Real World by Invisibilia Why We Don’t Let Coworkers Help Us, Even When We Need It Mark C. Bolino and Phillip S. Thompson What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-supported publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that socia
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March 29, 2018
038: Food is your flag and YouTube stardom doesn't mean riches
While Eugene was traveling, Charis invited Scot Cheung to co-host an episode of MAEKAN It Up. In this episode, Charis talks with Scot about the ideas that author and culinary historian Michael Twitty puts forward in a video interview he did with Eater. Also, Scot wants to talk about how success on YouTube is hard to achieve and how even relative success doesn't bring in lots of money. Why Are People of Color Left Out of the American Food Story? by Jessica Valenti ‘Success’ on YouTube Still Means a Life of Poverty by Chris Stokel-Walker What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-supported publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're abo
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March 24, 2018
037: Authenticity in entertainment published by celebrities and tech logos all resembling each other
On MAEKAN It Up #037 Charis and Eugene discuss Drake's new music video for his song God's Plan, the premise of Derek Jeter's media enterprise The Player's Tribune which puts the narrative in the hands of the athletes, and why so many tech company logos are starting to resemble each other.   Drake and the Strange Spectacle of Charity What Happens When Athletes Do The Sportswriting
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March 6, 2018
036: The shifting nature of Asian-American identity, and the tyranny of convenience
On MAEKAN It Up #036, Charis wants to talk about the shifting nature of Asian-American identity and the history of that identity. She ties it to perceptions of Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old Korean-American snowboarder who took a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Another subject hit upon include Gidra, an Asian-American zine from the 1960's. Eugene brings up an op-ed by Tim Wu, professor at Columbia University and contributing opinion writer to The New York Times, called The Tyranny of Convenience. The Forgotten Zine of 1960s Asian-American Radicals by Jaeah J. Lee for Topic Kim Yo Jong, Chloe Kim, and the Shifting Images of Asian and Asian-Am
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February 24, 2018
035: Whether higher education is a waste of time, and non designers learning the fundamentals of design.
On MAEKAN It Up #035, Charis talks about the pros and cons of higher education. Eugene and Charis work through whether higher education is a waste of money and time or not. Eugene brings up a book he came across called Hello Web Design which is written for non designers to understand the fundamentals of design. Should non designers learn design and what good comes from that? The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone by Bryan Caplan Hello Web Books Per usual, MAEKAN It Up features the individual illustrative talents of Charis and Eugene as they visualize the show's topics. Be inspired as you watch Eugene slowly improve week to week. MAEKAN It Up draws from our topical newsletter “the Briefing,” published twice a week. You can subscribe to MAEKAN It Up and other audio storie
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February 15, 2018
034: HuffPost shuts down its contributor network and China wants to become a global soft power
On MAEKAN It Up #34, Charis is joined by Edward Barnieh while Eugene is out of town. They talk about the devaluation of writing as the result of contributor networks such as the one HuffPost used to run. The second half of the show has Charis and Edward discussing how China might start exporting their cultural goods. Goodbye, Contributor Network. And thanks for nothing by Jen A. Miller for Poynter. China wants to reshape the global order by Bill Bishop for Axios Per usual, MAEKAN It Up features the individual illustrative talents of Charis and Eugene as they visualize the show's topics. Be inspired as you watch Eugene slowly improve week to week. MAEKAN It Up draws from our topical newsletter “the Br
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February 9, 2018
033: How Japanese culture approaches space, and the value of being an expert generalist.
On MAEKAN It Up #33, Charis and Eugene examine the Japanese concept of space and how it pertains to her own recent travels in Japan. On the flipside, we look at what it means to be an expert generalist and how it holds up to the 10,000 hour rule.
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January 26, 2018
032: The normalization of bad grammar, and the idea of creative integrity and the struggling artist myth.
On MAEKAN It Up #32, Charis and Eugene record remotely and look at the normalization of grammar and spelling. Are we experiencing a new normal when it comes to how we communicate and the rules it entails? We also examine a personal essay by Hasselblad's Chief of Strategy and photographer Ming Thein, who discusses how he's viewed his photography career and work over the last few years in light of his successes working for big brands. The Revolution will not be proofread Creative integrity – or, the Struggling Artist Myth explained Per usual, MAEKAN It Up features the indi
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January 24, 2018
031: Rich Brian's new name and GTA Online's pay-to-win mechanisms
On MAEKAN It Up #31, the first episode of 2018, Charis returns from holiday but is still located in Kyoto. Eugene and her discuss Rich Chigga, the 18-year old rapper from Jakarta changing his name to Rich Brian. They discuss what a name change signals and what role Asian rap plays. The second topic on the table are the pay-to-win mechanisms of GTA Online that allows players with deep pockets to purchase powerful weaponry and destroy weeks worth of grinding in unexpected moves. They discuss whether pay-to-win is fair and what makes a game fun. Rich Chigga Officially Changes His Name to Brian Rich Chigga Changes His Name To Brian & Drops New Single “See Me”
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January 13, 2018
030: Discussing VICE's New York Times expose and the prophetic words of John C. Jay
On MAEKAN It Up #30, we do our best to unpack the NY Times' expose on VICE and the unerlying issues that exist within company structures. There are no clear-cut answers, but we wonder how to best improve upon the situation and create balanced structures that are devoid of inequal opportunity. Almost 10 years ago, John C. Jay outlined his process behind empathy and how to best uncover meaningful relationships in culture. It all sounds strangely relevant in a time dominated by filter bubbles. We look into the words behind the short video and discuss how this philosophy is applicable more than ever today.  At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment
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December 30, 2017
029: The pros and cons of a Disney and Fox merger and MUJI's flawless brand execution.
On MAEKAN It Up #029, we explore the ramifications of a Disney and 20th Century Fox merger. We weigh the pros and cons and what this means for the creative landscape. We also look at the world of MUJI and why we feel it's such a compelling brand case study. Everywhere you go, the MUJI experience is generally the same and subsequently represents a nice snapshot of Japanese retail culture.   Disney's Acquisition of Fox Could Change Streaming Forever Wikipedia: Kevin Smith Kevin Smith Reveals Clerks Budget
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December 29, 2017
028: What if Apple became a subscription service for hardware? Can journalism engage audiences through gamification?
On MAEKAN It Up #028, we delve into the idea of Apple pivoting into a hardware subscription service. Would you subscribe to the opportunity to have access to a full suite of Apple products, with all the fixings such as AppleCare, iCloud, and insurance thrown in? We also discuss new-found tools for journalism that focus on gamification. What does this mean for storytelling and when is it applicable?  Apple needs to switch to a subscription model like Netflix to unleash the stock Volvo’s car subscription service sounds like good way to get the new XC40
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December 18, 2017
027: Preserving food culture amongst tribes and the future of dining in the sky.
On MAEKAN It Up #027, we try to take a non-tech approach to the week's topic and land on how one lady is fighting to preserve her tribe's cuisine. It somehow ended up being a food-focused episode as we explored the future of airplane food.  How One Restaurant Owner Is Fighting for Her Tribe’s Cuisine Airline Food Conundrum – Paid Meals Winning Out Over Freebies Wikipedia: Buddha Jumps Over the Wall Wikipedia: Poon Choi Per usual, MAEKAN It Up features the individual
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December 8, 2017
026: The FCC's steps towards eradicating net neutrality, and giving kids slack for what they say on social media.
On MAEKAN It Up #026, we take an deep look into the recent FCC movements around Net Neutrality. At its core who will this affect and in what capacity? We also acknowledge a piece of #fakenews they inadvertently highlighted. Our second topic discusses whether kids and the youth deserve a pass for some of the ignorant things they say online. Shouldn't our youth be about making mistakes and learning?  Net Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Americans are spending Thanksgiving fighting for net neutrality Without net neutrality in Portugal, mobile int
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December 2, 2017
025: Why do we need to touch things at museums, and what are the factors behind critical thought and analysis?
On MAEKAN It Up #025, we examine why we feel so compelled to put our hands on the artifacts at the museum and the purpose of touch in learning. Another topic we explore focuses on the factors that go into critical thought and the role of analysis and motivation.  Why Can’t People Stop Touching Museum Exhibits? To think critically, you have to be both analytical and motivated Could eating like our ancestors make us healthier? Th
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December 2, 2017
024: Have we hit peak merchandise? The dark world of Children's YouTube.
On MAEKAN It Up #024, we go in-depth into what merchandise means for "non-fashion" brands such as apps, journalists, magazines and more. Is merchandise the key towards unlocking a new and potent revenue stream? We also look at the dark and twisted world of YouTube for children and what responsibilities YouTube has in the space. New York Magazine rolls out apparel with ONLY NY Narduwar's T-shirt Overcast the podcast app drops merch line Thrasher Mag's Jake Phelps and his Interview with HYPEBEAST
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November 24, 2017
023: ComplexCon 2017 and media's future at the hands of billionaires
  On MAEKAN It Up #023, look at some of the industry insights into ComplexCon 2017, a direct-to-consumer tradeshow around street culture. After a great debut in 2016, a series of incidents overshadowed an otherwise fascinating real-world insight into a culture that's been defined by what happens online. We also look into the recent news behind the shuttering of DNAinfo and Gothamist after its billionaire owner rejected a plea to unionize. What does this mean for the future of media when rich, powerful individuals can withdraw support at the drop of a hat?  Bobby Hundreds' reflections on ComplexCon 2017 Jeff Carvalho's insights on what transpired at ComplexCon
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November 15, 2017
022: Our first-ever guest, video games as a military tool, and the relevance of Barbara Kruger's subway ticket art.
On MAEKAN It Up #022, we invite our first-ever guest, Mikey Scott to chop it up over the US military's adoption of video games as a high-level training tool. We also examine the relevance and meaning of iconic graphic designer Barbara Kruger's art project with the New York Mass Transit Authority (MTA).  The Video Game That Could Shape the Future of War There's a Better Way to Board Planes Hey, quick question: Why are models so bad at planking?
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November 9, 2017
021: China starts rating its citizens to increase trust and AI becomes increasingly common
On MAEKAN It Up #021 Charis co-hosts with special guest Nathan Kan. Nathan is an editor at MAEKAN and together with Charis they make it an episode all about dystopia. Charis talks about the Social Credit System in China that will soon assign ratings to all Chinese citizens. Nathan brings up the increased use of AI and hypothesizes about when robots might takeover creative jobs. Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 1 "Nosedive" 
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October 30, 2017
020: The case for adding sneaker culture into the curriculum, and the current state of push notifications?
On MAEKAN It Up #020 (we made it to episode 20 somehow), Eugene and Charis discuss the case for adding sneaker culture to the school curriculum based on its importance within youth and popular culture. Eugene manages to show how out of the loop he is when it comes to memes. Also, we explore how media companies currently strategize their push notifications and what are things we should be aware of. Why Sneaker Culture Should Be Taught in Schools Bella Hadid Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex Hey, quick question: Why are models so bad at planking?
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October 20, 2017
019: The encroachment of AR into our public spaces, and Dropbox's controversial rebranding.
On MAEKAN It Up #019, Eugene and Charis discuss the future of "corporate" geo-tagging based on a recent project between Snapchat, and Jeff Koons' balloon dog sculpture. It incorporates insights from Sebastian Errazuriz, a Chilean artist and a designer based in New York City who's been outspoken on the role of brands in our digital public spaces. We also discuss the big picture behind Dropbox's colorful rebranding and the suggestion that Dropbox is losing its focus on product. Jeff Koons’ augmented reality Snapchat artwork gets ‘vandalized’ Watch: Sebastian Errazuriz on corporate geo-tagging
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October 13, 2017
018: How Apple is tackling streaming music, and PUMA & Daily Paper's trip to Africa to build a football pitch.
On MAEKAN It Up #018, Eugene and Charis discuss an Apple Music interview that featured Jimmy Iovine, Zane Lowe, and Larry Jackson. Some interesting insights led them to dig deeper into how the future of streaming music will play out and Apple's positioning. Furthermore, we highlight a really great project that featured Daily Paper, a streetwear brand out of Amsterdam, and PUMA. The project focused on the creation of a football pitch in Ghana at an all-girls school as part of the 20th anniversary of sponsorship between PUMA and various African nations.  Apple Music's Long Game: Why Jimmy Iovine Thinks They're 'Not Even Close' to Success With Streaming
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October 6, 2017
017: Coca-Cola sponsors a video game character and how tech and social media has changed food reviews.
On MAEKAN It Up #017, Eugene and Charis discuss the what it means for Coca-Cola to sponsor a video game character and how social media and technology has changed and normalized food reviews. Coca-Cola nets its first ever virtual athlete in Fifa 18’s rising star Alex Hunter What Coca-Cola's sponsorship of Fifa 18 virtual footballer Alex Hunter means for the future of influencers
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September 29, 2017
016: Improving photographic diversity in media and the emergence of Polaroid Originals
  On MAEKAN It Up #016, Eugene and Charis discuss the efforts by The Undefeated's photo editor Brent Lewis on improving diversity amongst photographers and the return of a familiar classic with Polaroid Originals.  Diversity in Photojournalism: ‘Talk Is Cheap’ (4:37) Chicago Sun-Times fires photographers, gives reporters iPhone camera training Polaroid Originals
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September 22, 2017
015: The value of a New Yorker magazine tote bag as cultural currency, and what it means for Detroit to have a "chief storyteller."
On MAEKAN It Up #015, Eugene and Charis examine the cultural currency of objects, starting with a New Yorker magazine tote bag, and how Detroit's hiring of a Chief Storyteller makes us wonder about the idea of who can tell what stories amongst different demographics. How a free canvas tote became a bigger status symbol than a $10,000 Hermès bag (5:45) A Birkin Might Be a Better Investment Than the Stock Market (6:00) The New Yorker Subs
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September 15, 2017
014: How can blockchain and cryptocurrencies change social media? Can you achieve greatness on a 40-hour work week?
On MAEKAN It Up #014, Eugene and Charis debut a new "collaborative" drawing and start the podcast off with some good news. Then they delve into what it means to decentralize social media with blockchain and cryptocurrencies. They cap things off by discussing the idea of "hard work" and what is the line drawn with working too hard.  Decentralized social media is peer-to-peering into the future (5:45) steemit What is Blockchain and why are we exploring it at This Place?
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September 8, 2017
013: Black Girls Code turns down $125K from Uber and how creatives should look at money
Illustration by Charis Poon On MAEKAN It Up #013, Eugene and Charis discuss the bold move by Black Girls Code to say no to a $125K USD donation from Uber, and how creatives should look at their relationship with money thanks to a 2Bobs podcast (shout out to Myke for putting us onto it).  Eugene talks about the anxiety doing MAEKAN It Up (1:51) Black Girls Code says it turned down $125,000 from Uber (3:43) Black Girls Code Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber by Susan J. Fowler (4:45) Would you take money from somebody you didn't fundamentall
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September 1, 2017
012: How aging affects our creative process and PR agency Derris' new investment fund.
Illustration by Charis Poon On MAEKAN It Up #012, Eugene and Charis discuss the idea of creativity as we age and why a child-like approach to problem solving embraces psychedelic drugs and what does it mean for a PR agency like Derris to simultaneously invest and provide services for?  Typhoon Hato talk in Hong Kong(1:00) Changes in cognitive flexibility and hypothesis search across human life history from childhood to adolescence to adulthood (2:45) What Happens to Creativity as we Age? (3:00) Exploitation vs. Exploration thinking (4:53)
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August 25, 2017
011: Is church-based streetwear the next big thing? Can a tech-minded approach to food work in the face of regulation?
On MAEKAN It Up #011, Eugene and Charis look into the different sides of streetwear released by churches, and what does it mean when a tech-based mindset that focuses on innovation over regulation enters food with the Impossible Burger? Recap of Alex and Eugene's presentations at the Taku & Dropbox 823 event in Tokyo (0:45) The results of the speed listening experiment (2:07) Slowing down audio during emotional moments (3:33) This American Life Episode (clip heard) When's the best time to speed listen? (4:40) Is church merch the next big thing in streetwear? (7:07)
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August 18, 2017
010: Should you speed listen to podcasts? What does it mean when memes are used as political tools?
On MAEKAN It Up #010, Eugene and Charis discuss whether we should "speed listen" to our podcasts, and what does it mean when meme media companies are popping up and financially supported by politics?  Does speed listening compromise our comprehension of podcasts (4:20) Seven interviews with podcast heavyweights on speed listening (5:45) Overcast app, Eugene's preferred podcast app (7:25) Speed reading vs. speed listening (13:10) Twenty Thou
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August 11, 2017
009: WeTransfer's $10,000 grants for ex-SoundCloud employees and the power of the newsletter
On MAEKAN It Up #009, Eugene and Charis discuss: Nike issues A$AP Bari statement to GQ (2:00) WeTransfer looks to continue audio innovation by creating a $10,000 grant for ex-Soundcloud employees. (4:40) WeTransfer x Central Saint Martins Art Scholarship (6:28) WeTransfer x FKA Twigs (6:30)
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August 4, 2017
007: Is 90s web design making a comeback and Nike's silence over the A$AP Bari incident
MAEKAN It Up #007 returns with Eugene and Charis and Eugene are back in the same timezone, albeit they're a bit behind in releasing this latest MAEKAN It Up #007. But along the way, they've made some tweaks to the show. In this episode, Eugene and Charis reminisce over: 90s web design (05:00) The differences between web design then and now (9:00) The aesthetics of a website being part of a brand's identity (15:00) A$AP Bari's sexual assault allegations (25:00) How it relates to Nike's campaigns empowering females (27:00) How Nike should've reacted (30:00) UPDATE: Since the recording of the show, Nike has issued a private statement over email to GQ announcing they're no longe
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August 1, 2017
008: Los Angeles' new social media camp and Deloitte's approach to diversity in the workplace
On another weekly episode of MAEKAN It Up, Eugene and Charis discuss: A new social media creation camp in LA (05:00) The potential storytelling/communications skills that could be nurtured (07:00) The dangers that come with social media (14:00) Whether this camp will become important in the current social media era (21:00) Deloitte swapping out diversity advocacy groups for inclusion counsels (23:00) The potential benefits/downfalls and of this initiative (29:00) As per usual, MAEKAN It Up features the individual illustrative talents of Charis and Eugene as they visualize the show's topics. Be inspired as you watch Eugene slowly improve week to week. MAEKAN It Up draws from our topical newsletter “the Briefing,” published twice a week. You can subscribe to MAEKAN It Up and other audio s
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August 1, 2017
006: Netflix for Education, Cannes Lions, and the importance of stories over payment
In this latest MAEKAN It Up, Eugene and Charis talk about the creation of a "Netflix for education," and whether there's a need or market for continued education that offers legitimate certification. We also delve into the role of awards in creative culture such as the Cannes Lions, and whether they've lost their true direction? Finally, we strip away the layers and investigate the reasons why a photographer would release his war photos for free after being unable to find a suitor for them. As always, MAEKAN It Up features the individual illustrative talents of Charis and Eugene (not so much actually) as they visualize the show's topics. MAEKAN It Up draws from our topical newsletter “the Briefing,” published twice a week. You can subscribe to MAEKAN It Up and other audio stories via your favorite podcast app or platform. Sh
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July 31, 2017
005: MTV News Cuts Long-Form and Brooklyn Beckham’s Photography Book
In this latest cross-time zone MAEKAN It Up, Eugene and Charis talk about the latest casualty in long-form online publishing and the price of fame. With an inability to monetize effectively and a lack of journalistic support from the very industry it reports on, MTV News has recently cut its long-form content and pivoted toward video. On the somewhat less serious side, Brooklyn Beckham's become the laughing stock of photographers and the Internet itself with the release of his new photography book “what I see.” As always, follow Eugene’s journey as the budding illustrator that never was as he learns (or fails to learn) from Charis’ example. MAEKAN It Up draws from our topical newsletter “the Briefing,” published twice a week.You can subscribe to MAEKAN It Up and other audio stories via your favorite podcast app or platform.
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July 18, 2017
004: Spotify and labels, Brian Anderson, and toasting the end of The Toast
MAEKAN It Up #004 continues despite timezone differences to tackle four topics inspired by our twice-a-week newsletter, the Briefing. This week we discuss Spotify’s relationship with major music labels and how it influences their playlists, Brian Anderson coming out and representations of sexuality in sport, the community formed around The Toast, and how net neutrality loses an outspoken advocate with Tumblr's CEO, David Karp. MAEKAN It Up features Editor-in-Chief Eugene Kan, and MAEKAN Community Manager and Designer Charis Poon. The podcast uses our twice-a-week MAEKAN Briefings as a starting point from which we dig deeper into the meaning and impact of changes happening within creative culture. As an added element, each week, Eugene and Charis will contribute on-the-spot illustrations of the topics heard over the course of the podcast
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July 6, 2017
003: Video Games or movies, AI-moderated comments, and when sponsorship and politics intersect
MAEKAN It Up #003 tackles four topics inspired by our twice-a-week newsletter, the Briefing. Today we discuss the award-winning movie trailer Everything and the relationship between movies and gaming, the NY Times' AI-moderated commenting system, when sponsorship goes south due to politics, and TONL, a diversity-minded stock photography platform. MAEKAN It Up features Editor-in-Chief Eugene Kan, and MAEKAN Community Manager and Designer Charis Poon. The podcast uses our twice-a-week MAEKAN Briefings as a starting point from which we dig deeper into the meaning and impact of changes happening within creative culture. As an added element, each week, Eugene and Charis will contribute on-the-spot illustrations of the topics heard over the course of the podcast. Take away a new sense of confidence in yourself having seen Eugene's work.
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July 3, 2017
002: Debating the news, Google cataloging fashion, and Wonder Woman's achievements
MAEKAN It Up returns with #002 with a diverse range of discussion. We tackle the concept of news and what constitutes the best way to tell it, Wonder Woman's impact in the entertainment industry, Google's new fashion project, and Agnes Gund's remarkable Roy Lichtenstein art sale to create a new criminal justice fund. MAEKAN It Up features Editor-in-Chief Eugene Kan, and MAEKAN Community Manager and Designer Charis Poon. The podcast uses our twice-a-week MAEKAN Briefings as a starting point from which we dig deeper into the meaning and impact of changes happening within creative culture. As an added element, each week, Eugene and Charis will contribute on-the-spot illustrations of the topics heard over the course of the podcast. Take away a new sense of confidence in yourself having seen Eugene's work. Show Notes & L
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June 28, 2017
001: The Pilot Podcast
MAEKAN It Up marks the debut of our weekly podcast series featuring MAEKAN Editor-in-Chief Eugene Kan, and MAEKAN Community Manager and Designer Charis Poon. The podcast uses our twice-a-week MAEKAN Briefings as a starting point from which we dig deeper into the meaning and impact of changes happening within creative culture. As an added element, each week, Eugene and Charis will contribute their illustrations of the topics made while recording and you can take away a new sense of confidence in yourself having seen Eugene's work. In #001: The Pilot Podcast, we look into Apple's latest releases at WWDC, whether art thrives under political turmoil, and what role Kodak can play in championing the analog arts. Show Notes & Links
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June 27, 2017
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