Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of July 2nd 2018.
Juggalos figured out how to beat facial recognition
Die-hard fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse have become accidental heroes for people worried about facial recognition tech: it seems as if Juggalo makeup outmatches the machine learning algorithms that govern facial recognition technology.
→ Read it on The Outline
The big business of becoming Bhad Bhabie
This is how the troubled Florida teenager behind the catch phrase “cash me ousside” went from the Dr. Phil show to signing a major-label record deal as a rapper.
→ Read it on The New York Times
Legally Blonde as a proto-#MeToo manifesto
Reese Witherspoon’s comedy classic had a salient #MeToo message, 17 years ahead of its time. Writer Joe Berkowitz explores the relevance of the film in a more modern context.
→ Read it on Fast Company
A new golden age for the Tiki bar
Half a century after the tropical craze of the 1960s, the modern age of escapism is taking cues—and inspiration for giant rum drinks—from the past.
→ Read it on The Atlantic
How smart speakers are changing the way we listen to music
Everyone from Amazon to will.i.am is trying to get us to talk to their speakers. But do we really need help listening to music?
→ Read it on Pitchfork
Brands and influencers: is the honeymoon over?
Is influencer marketing losing speed? Here are the insights that caught the attention of our Social Media Strategist, Andréa Viens, at Social Media Week Los Angeles.
→ Read it on our blog
In your earbuds: Meat
In people’s everyday life, there’s a wall between their ideas, dreams and desires and the real world: our body. The Meat podcast provides a vision of the world from the point of view of human flesh.
→ Listen to it on The Heart Radio
Who to follow:
Banda Magda was a hit at the Jazz Festival this week. Thanks to the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), Banda Magda combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation to deliver an electrifying performance.
Photo: Emily Cho