How Beyoncé’s Lemonade became a pop culture phenomenon | Music | The Guardian

We seem to be witnessing the formation of a Zeitgeist moment, here. Certainly a node point in the pop-culture of our time

“Released on Saturday, the album and film have provoked an intense worldwide discussion about race, feminism, social media and the music industry.”

Source: How Beyoncé’s Lemonade became a pop culture phenomenon | Music | The Guardian

The Who to play alongside The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan at the ‘greatest’ rock festival of all-time | News | Culture | The Independent

A pop-culture zeitgeist moment, if I ever saw one. Boomers are still hanging on. I wonder if anyone on the stage will be younger than 65 years old? (“Greatest… of all time.” Note: All time. 🙂 )

Oh, BTW: Organized by the organizers of Coachella…

“Forget Glastonbury, the greatest festival line-up in the history of rock music has just been announced. The Who’s Roger Daltrey has confirmed that news of a huge California event from the organisers of Coachella is true, with his band set to perform alongside Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on the third and final night. ‘I think it’s us and Roger Waters on the same day. It’s a fantastic idea for a festival. It’s the greatest remains of our era,” he told Canada’s Postmedia Network. “I hope a lot of normal fans can get tickets before they get snatched up.'”

Source: The Who to play alongside The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan at the ‘greatest’ rock festival of all-time | News | Culture | The Independent

The Congo Dandies – Documentary Film

This is a “must watch,” I think…

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Source: The Congo Dandies – Top Documentary Films

From the Webs site:

“You don’t expect the most extravagant fashions to be flaunted in the regions of the world which are hardest hit by severely compromised living conditions and widespread poverty. But a group in the Congo known as The Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant People, or La Sape for short, makes it their mission to defy these common expectations. The documentary short The Congo Dandies explores their commitment to maintaining an elegant quality of life that goes beyond the mere clothes they wear.”

Essena O’Neill quits Instagram claiming social media ‘is not real life’ | Media | The Guardian

I can´t make up my mind, whether this is perhaps an indicator of a shift away from the marketed narcissism of social media or just another representation of the same. Clearly the media is still being used as a platform for her, but now its for her views not views of her. Perhaps just an evolution of the girl’s identity being brought to the social-media-sphere. (I.e. Growing up in public…) Worth a check mark in the “McLuhan moment” box…

Australian teenager with more than 612,000 Instagram followers radically rewrites her ‘self-promoting’ history on social media (and launches new website)

Source: Essena O’Neill quits Instagram claiming social media ‘is not real life’ | Media | The Guardian

Notes from the changing room: behind the scenes with Mad Men’s costume designer

Pop culture disappearing up it’s own something-or-other:
“Mad Men style has had such a tremendous impact on modern popular style.”
Oh…
Hang on? What?
Where? When? How?
I’m offering a reward to anyone who can show me this in concrete, tangible form. Pictures, please.
(I don’t know what the reward is , my head is spinning too fast…)
BTW look at the pictures that go with the article before you consider the quoted statement in any depth.

Link: Notes from the changing room: behind the scenes with Mad Men's costume designer | Television & radio | The Guardian.

Zeitgeist Analysis II

When I woke up today it had been snowing through the night. My first thought for the dominating event section was tourism. The reason I put tourism there is that the rise of tourism in Iceland has grown immensely over the last few years. When we started discussing it in our groups in class we decided on the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull was the dominating event because that got the world interested in Iceland.

In Iceland there are a lot of stores that design and sell outdoor clothing that are made for Icelandic weather conditions. It is warm and waterproof jackets and warm and cozy sweaters. It also important that it looks fashionable and people want to wear it both because it’s practical but also because it looks good. The reason I brought up the weather is the people like being warm in cold weather and having a good warm winter coat is nice. But what is more important being warm or being fashionable? I think that fashion plays often a bigger role in how we dress than just practicality, like this Seinfeld clip can show us.

But is the success of stores like 66°North and Farmers Market thanks to the tourism or to the fact that it’s fashionable in Iceland now? And is it fashionable in Iceland now because of the tourism, or the economic crash in 2008 and people are looking for practical and stylist clothing or is it just because of the weather?

PS. I asked my boyfriend to read this over and correct my grammar and he raised an interesting point about the fashionable warm clothes like 66°North, it is very expensive and it is quite flashy, the logo is embroidered in the chest of the jacket so everyone can see what you are wearing. You can get just as good winter coats in way cheaper shops but still we want the brand. So maybe we just want to be in fashion but we fool our self to think we are buying the 66°North coats for the practicality.