Discover: The Best Stuff, April 18
Every week, ‘Discover’ seeks to bring you the best of what’s on the internet. This is where we, the editors compile the great stories we’ve seen during the week. It’s the perfect addition to your lazy weekend.
On the root of ‘hipster’
Roar Mag: Joseph Todd – The Poor Fetish: Commodifying Working Class Culture
It turns out the hipster trend and all it its derivatives were ultimately born out of the ever-so-privileged middle class commodification of the working class. Whilst offering a fairly grim indictment of society, the writing triggers a poignant and stark reflection on why we drink out of mason jars and munch on snacks from a food truck, whilst perched on milk crates or salvaged stools from yesteryear. Just what does this appropriative gentrification mean?
– Ruby-Jean Jenkins
“Bullshit jobs and a pointless existence are increasingly driving London’s spiritually dead middle class towards a fetishization of working class culture.“
On indie music
The New Republic: Noah Berlatsky – Why “Indie Music Is So Unbearably White
No matter what kind of music you listen to, stereotypes pervade genres. Hip-hop and rap is deeply associated with black artists, and hard rock often finds itself coupled with images of tattoos and long hair. But, we know we have problems when we start defining genres through stereotypes.
– Jeremy Liu
“If indie wants to stop being unbearably white, its musicians, fans, and critics should stop defining the genre through whiteness. If indie means independent music, then all those hip hop mix tapes should count.”
On human head transplants
CBC: Anna Maria Tremonti – First human head transplant attempt faces harsh criticism
The freakiest of all Fridays! Talk about switching bodies.
– Jamie Woo
“Transplanting a human head sounds ambitious… even revolutionary”
On office taboo
The Daily Beast: Laura Dimon – The Last Office Taboo for Women: Doing Your Business at Work
This is an old story, written by Laura Dimon in 2013 but it’s interesting nonetheless. Have a read as Dimon tells the story of a common struggle facing many women in the workplace.
– Jeremy Liu
“These women, and many others like them, are not partaking in a secret drug deal or plotting a crime. They’re just trying to take care of an essential bodily function at the office”.