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- The Wildly Appealing, Totally Doomed Future of WorkIf you work at a low-slung office-park, or a high-rise law firm, or a Victorian manse-turned-medical office, or any other of the previously normal office spaces where knowledge workers still work, you might not even know what it means to work at a WeWork.That’s how people refer to them, if you didn’t know. “Oh, it’s a WeWork,” your friend at the lifestyle-media company or the stealth-mode tech startup might tell you when you meet for mezcal negronis before you both go back to the office for two hours. WeWork dizzily combines every trend in contemporary white-collar life: the “creative office space” vibes of advertising agencies and dot-coms, the dark-wood, chic-shanty vibes of today’s modish eateries. Its snack options—protein parfaits and dried seaweed—split the difference between manospheric “fuel” and campy “healthfulness.” Indulgence mates with generativity; tenants can get an IPA on draft, but only four glasses a day, a ceiling that… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- Disney’s CEO Gets Why Employees Want Their Bosses to Be More PoliticalBob Iger, the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, said that the country’s most influential businesses have a duty to effect social change and fill in the gaps of public policy. “I do think companies, particularly large companies, have an obligation to try to solve some of these problems on behalf of their employees and come up with solutions,” Iger said today in conversation with Laurene Powell Jobs at The Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C. (Powell Jobs is the founder of Emerson Collective, which is the majority owner of The Atlantic.)Iger, who has considered running for president, said that as his employees’ trust in government wanes, they’ve turned to Disney to take action on social and political issues. “Because they feel that they’ve been failed by other entities, they’re expecting their company to step up,” he said. “Maybe rightfully so.”Disney isn’t the only company to face this kind… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- The Contested Terrain in Your Google SearchMartin John Bryant was lying on his bed in his parents’ house in Britain when he heard on the radio that Martin John Bryant had just committed mass murder. His first reaction was disbelief, he told me recently, more than two decades later. He lay there waiting for another hour to see if he would hear his name again, and he did: Indeed, Martin John Bryant had just shot 58 people, killing 35, in Port Arthur, Australia.The Martin John Bryant I spoke with is not a mass murderer. He is a UK-based consultant to tech companies. But he does have the bad luck of sharing a full name with the man who committed an act so violent that he is credited with inspiring Australia to pass stricter gun laws. Over the years, the Bryant I spoke with has gotten messages calling him a psycho; been taunted by Australian teens on… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago
- The Celebrity Look-Alikes of TikTokOne of the more upsetting popular “challenges” on the short-form video app TikTok goes like this: When the video starts, there’s no face visible, as the camera is pointed either at the floor, or the back of a head, or a pair of hands with perfect square-tip acrylics, playing peekaboo. A clip from the 2008 Selena Gomez song “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” plays in the background, starting at the pre-chorus, which goes “I hear it every day... I hear it all the time...” At this point, text pops up onto the clip: “You look like Ariana Grande,” for example. Or, “OMG you look like Camila Cabello.” Then, just as the song’s chorus hits (“Tell me, tell me, tell me something I don’t know!”) the face is revealed.And the face is just like Ariana Grande’s! Or if it’s a different face—just like Camila Cabello’s! The uncanny resemblance is often… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago