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COVID–19 isn’t the only virus that’s infiltrating homes across the world. Social anxiety, mostly brought about by being unable to see our friends in person for weeks on end, is spreading at a comparable rate. Symptoms include discomfort in social situations, overthinking your own actions post–interaction with another, and so–called “friendship phobia.”Just like COVID–19, the cure is still surrounded by giant question marks.
Black Friday will look pretty different this year. Massive retailers like Walmart and Target will forego opening stores on Thanksgiving night as they usually do in an attempt to stave off potentially COVID–spreading large crowds, and business for the vast majority of stores will move online, making the shopping experience dramatically dissimilar from past years. The one thing that’s certain not to change? Companies’ sneaky attempts to appear like they’re pursuing sustainable practices while remaining the resource–guzzling machines they are.
McDonald’s is famous for its meat products—millions of burgers, nuggets, and breakfast sandwiches are consumed every day across the United States and across the world. But, just like many Americans, the fast–food chain appears to be moving towards plant–based alternatives. In a surprising turn of events, the company announced just a few days ago that they would be testing a new plant–based burger dubbed the McPlant, co–developed with Beyond Meat, in select locations next year with plans to roll out plant–based chicken and breakfast sandwiches in the future.
Too often on most social media, “fashionable” really just means “skinny,” as Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok users glorify trendily unflattering “normcore” outfits on slim body types and demonize anyone else trying to mimic the style. Thankfully, the predominantly fatphobic culture is starting to shift as the “skinny or fashionable” trend, which started in July on TikTok and Twitter, calls out the double standard.
You’ve probably heard of, if not played yourself, Among Us—a beautifully designed mafia–esque multiplayer social deduction game that’s recently exploded in popularity amongst teens and adults alike across the world. Even Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez gave it a go recently. But just in case you haven’t played, here’s a quick overview: players are dropped into a spaceship with the goal of preparing for departure, and are privately assigned one of two roles. Crewmates navigate the ship completing tasks, while one or more impostors must masquerade as crewmates and avoid being discovered while attempting to kill the rest of the crew. To win, the crewmates must either finish all their tasks before being slaughtered by the impostor(s) or figure out who the impostors are and, Survivor–style, collectively vote to eject them into space. Impostors win if the number of crewmates is equal to the number of impostors after crewmates are killed by impostors or mistakenly voted out.
Last week, Street published an article detailing exactly why podcasting became so much more popular in the past several months—here’s part two, this time on live–streaming. While live–streaming (specifically on Twitch, streaming’s biggest platform) has a lot in common with podcasting with regards to the factors driving the boost in popularity, including lower cost, higher accessibility, and sheer consumer boredom, there are also a few distinct reasons streaming in particular is the medium of choice for home–bound people of all ages and backgrounds.
Podcasting is having a moment. The lower–budget, easily accessible, and even more easily digestible content has drawn creators, listeners, and of course advertisers over the last several months as people turn away from radio and even TV to reach for their headphones.