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How pop-punk’s revival reflects modern Gen Z angst

How pop-punk’s revival reflects modern Gen Z angst

2021 saw the return of guitar-driven, pop-punk orientated chart music. Its resurgence and angst-ridden aesthetic make perfect sense given the precarious nature of modern, lockdown living. This year was an odd one for nearly all of us, live entertainment industry included. On-and-off lockdowns, gig cancellations, and temperamental touring rules meant...

Henry Glogau’s ‘portable solar distiller’ wins the Lexus Design Award 2021

Henry Glogau’s ‘portable solar distiller’ wins the Lexus Design Award 2021

The Lexus Design Award 2021 was all about invention for the good of humanity, and New Zealand born architecture graduate Henry Glogau took first prize for his solar powered water distiller. Since its inauguration in 2013, the Lexus Design Awards have always been shaped by the company principles of ‘anticipate, innovate, and captivate’, and the 2021 winner has ticked all the boxes with his first major undertaking. In case this is...

By London, UK
Gen-Z mocks news misinformation with conspiracy theory satire

Gen-Z mocks news misinformation with conspiracy theory satire

Promoting a far-fetched theory that birds are government spies, young people are poking fun at conspiracy theory groups to cope with living in an age of endless misinformation.  A movement called Birds Aren’t Real is picking up serious traction with Generation Z, particularly in the United States. Its members claim that birds do not exist and are instead drone replicas designed by the government to spy on national citizens. Massive billboards...

By London, UK
Poet turns Malcolm X’s prison cell into ‘freedom library’

Poet turns Malcolm X’s prison cell into ‘freedom library’

The prison cell that was occupied by the civil rights activist has been transformed into the first of 1,000 planned ‘freedom libraries’. Poet and lawyer Reginald Dwayne Betts is using his MacArthur ‘genius grant’, worth $625,000 (£471,000) to set up 1,000 micro-libraries in US prisons through his charity, Freedom Reads, starting with Malcolm X’s cell. The first of these ‘freedom libraries’ is located in Norfolk Prison, Massachusetts where Malcolm X was...

By Oxford, UK
The ‘genetic code’ of Covid-19 is being sold as ambient tracks

The ‘genetic code’ of Covid-19 is being sold as ambient tracks

Forget your Spotify wrapped, the real soundtrack of your life over the last year (at least) has been Covid-19. You can hear exactly what that sounds like by picking up NFTs of ambient tracks mixed by music producers, apparently. If, like many, you found solace and escapism from the many lockdowns of 2020 by listening to music, 2021 is offering up an obscure yet symbolic treat… we think? Using the many...

By London, UK