Can you find yourself in this creative class hierarchy?
Can you find yourself in this creative class hierarchy?
Yesterday some friends mentioned this blog Copenhipster – I don’t know what to think… is it too much to make fun of certain artists, designers and others who actually add to cultural life or is it fun and okay? Mainly because it’s not Vibskov and the rest of the crowd they are making fun of, instead who is really being ridiculed are all the laggards including me who follow a few in terms of fashion, likes etc. but still feel oh so individualistic?
And why is the person/people behind staying anonymous? It’s pretty clear when you read the blog that it is someone who knows the socalled hipster crowd, someone who go to the same clubs, bars, places, If not, this person must have serious stalker issues… my friends were split too: Some of them thought of the blog as an expression of an envious outsider. Others felt amused eventhough they or some of their friends were also exposed.
One thought: What if it is actually a commercial company who is behind just proving how they are able to tap into a certain crowd, then they’re goooooooood – they certainly managed to become the talk of the town at the dinner yesterday!
From the blog:
Ji Lee, an extremely gifted New York based graphic designer, who I had the pleasure of meeting 4 years ago while attending the amazing conference GEL (=Good Experience Live), has created an illustration of 10 Levels of Intimacy in Communication.
The illustration shows how the digital age has transformed the ways in which we communicate with each other. Today, we are connected with more people than ever before.
Check out Ji Lee’s other work on his website PleaseEnjoy.
Clay Shirky, author to the bestseller: ‘Here Comes Everybody’ opened New Media Days this year. Nothing new, but some very great observations on how to reward and motivate people when it comes to participatory content on social media.
The thing is that people contribute not because they have to, but want to. Bloggers don’t see themselves as professional journalists. It is NOT a profession but rather an activity.Shirty looks into some interesting cases which proves that paying people will take away the intrinsic motivation instead great social websites have a reward system based on membership, generosity, recognizing and sharing.
The Internet is just accelerating the intrinsic motivation but it has always been there. This kind of gives food for thought if you think about how normal companies work with their employees. How come it’s only Google and a few others that actual allow their employees to work on other projects which eventually often proves to make them much more motivated when working on their ordinary workload? And I’m sure a lot of the voluntary projects also benefit the companies in more than one way.
Just want to share this spoof: Whoany – a fashion blog making fun of the popular Danish blog Anywho. Whereas Anywho has around 80.000 visitors per month, I’m not sure how many visits whoany’s got but it is increasingly popular.
So far it is only in Danish but the pictures are still great fun.
Why has fashion blogging become so big…?
AUTHENTICITY & A CONTINUOUS RELATION
Blogging just seem to fit the style diary format. When visiting blogs frequently the readers end up knowing the blogger’s style and personality so the addiction is build on a notion of a continuous relation with the bloggers. A notion which fashion magazines don’t create the same way – or a least only once a month – whereas you can visit the bloggers everyday and experience new content in an authentic setting.
Some magazines like Cover has integrated their online site with 6 blogs. Among others the girls behind anywho. The corporation has worked out pretty well: Anywho is getting a window to their blog and Cover has experienced a very large increase in visitors on their site since they launched the blogs.
I’m still curious though as to why fashion blogging appeals to so many so please let me know what you think and if you’ve got any good blogs worth visiting?
MY FASHION BLOGGING BANK:
Yvan Rodic – a new more lifestyle oriented blog also with the Facehunter
Jak & Jill
A Shaded View on Fashion – the grand old lady of fashion blogging, Diane Pernet
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Do you want to help Hosea Anthony Kihanza from Tanzania increase his stock in his pharmacy? Or make the woman Margaret Kanuthu Karanjaa’s dream come true of expanding her shop with clothes, arts and crafts in Nairobi?
THE USER IS ONCE AGAIN IN CHARGE
Without a big trustfond or savings you can do so by using the microfinancing tool MYC4. It works as a platform which connects people from the Third World who have a business plan with ordinary people who like to invest in small businesses thus skipping the traditional chain of financing via bank loans.
BUSINESS NOT WELFARE
You help but it’s also an investment. The status today says: So far 15,450 investors from 91countries have invested €9,077,259 in 4,753 businesses in 7 African countries. The average interest rate for investors
is 13.1% p.a.
Check out: www.myc4.com
I will keep you up-to-date on microfinancing which is a trend that has proven sustainable in a number of cases displaying a business model which society has started to become increasingly interested in.
I’m really looking forward to this upcoming documentary about industrial design, directed by Gary Hustwit who also did the film Helvetica. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and how they play a part in consumerism at large, their ways to support personal expressions and offering problemsolving to sustainability and other challenges in society.
Re-examine, Re-evaluate & Re-invent
The documentary features some of the finest industrial designers such as Jonathan Ive, the designer behind many Apple products. It takes a look on the designers and the way they re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our environment – and their creativity behind.
Enjoy the trailer!